The King of Afghanistan visits the Swindon railway works, Wiltshire, 1928.
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King Amanullah (1892-1960) was keen to modernise the railways in Afghanistan and toured the works to see how the railways were run in Britain. He wanted to learn about new advances in railway technology. He looked at the different stages of building locomotives and the equipment that was used.