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Great Western Railway A History

Author : Andrew Roden
ISBN : 9781845137960
Genre : Transportation
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DIV God’s Wonderful Railway”, it was called if you were a fan; the “great Way Round” if you took a rather more jaundiced view of some of its circuitous branch lines. But 175 years after its foundation, the Great Western Railway company is remembered with the most nostalgia, even love, of all Britain’s pre-nationalisation railway companies. It built, and ran, the great main line from London to the West Country and Cornwall (today’s First Great Western franchise). It was engineered by the greatest of them all, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who built such wonders as the Box Tunnel and the Saltash bridge. Its steam locomotives were designed by great men like Churchward and Hawkesworth. But also it had wonderful stations like the soaring Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads, as well as innumerable idyllic country halts with little more than a pagoda shelter and a couple of milk churns awaiting collection. Its engines were painted a deep green, its carriages chocolate and cream. Its Cornish Riviera Express train, and the line alongside the beach at Dawlish sprayed by the waves, became the stuff of legend. Now Andy Roden has written the first comprehensive history of the GWR for 20 years, to tie in with its 175th anniversary. It will appeal to everyone who bought his Flying Scotsman or Christian Wolmar’s railway histories. /div
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Through The Window

Author : Great Western Railway
ISBN : 187359075X
Genre : Transportation
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This book was first published by The Great Western Railway in 1924 to enhance the enjoyment of their passengers on the 305 mile journey from Paddington to Penzance. Maps, line drawings and information about the towns and villages describe the glorious countryside of southern England that could be seen from the windows of The Cornish Riviera Express. This new edition includes 20 pages from Bradshaw s Railway timetables at the time this book was first published. Do you yearn for the days when train journeys were a pleasure? The creaking timbers of the carriages; the aroma of steam and smoke; the rattle and clank of points and the sudden sound of the whistle as you pass an unmanned crossing? This was when the sedate pace of the train, with windows held open by a thick leather strap, allowed time to watch the world go by. How much more you could see in those days! This book was published by The GWR to help their customers enjoy the experience. Each spread has a map and exquisite line drawings describing about six miles of the journey with charming descriptions of the long swift journey from London to Land s End that has about it a certain savour of romance, a spice of adventure, which no amount of familiarity of railway travelling can destroy . We read of The Grand Junction Canal with bridges, barges and ducks all doing their best to make it picturesque; crossing the Thames by the widest brick spanned bridge in the world and seeing the river crowded with punts and rowing boats; hurrying through Royal Berkshire where The River Kennet serpentines through a landscape too flat to offer any resistance to its whims and fancies . Across the forbidding expanse of Salisbury Plain, beside The White Horse of Westbury and over the flat lands of Sedgemoor. A glimpse of Exeter Cathedral and the first sight of the sea! On beneath the rugged hills of Dartmoor to the tangled forest of shipping in Plymouth Sound . Over Brunel s vast piece of imagination the Royal Albert Bridge into Cornwall with palms on the platforms and viaducts over wooded valleys. Sandy beaches, rocky headlands and majestic St. Michael s Mount arriving at Penzance in time for tea. This beautifully written book describes more than a wonderful railway journey for it allows us a peep at the great swathe of southern Britain that was so well served by The Great Western Railway."
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The Great Western Railway

Author : David St John Thomas
ISBN : 0715387634
Genre : Transportation
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This detailed history shows just how the GWR earned its moniker, 'God's Wonderful Railway.'
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Great Western Railway Stations

Author : Allen Jackson
ISBN : 9781445670126
Genre : Transportation
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A lavishly illustrated survey of a wide range of GWR stations.
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A History Of The Great Western Railway

Author : Colin Maggs
ISBN : 1445644282
Genre : Railroads
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The story of the most iconic railway company of the great age of steam.The initials 'GWR' conjure an evocative picture of a Brunswick green locomotive hauling tea-and-cream-coloured coaches through a verdant West Country landscape. However, the GWR was not just engines and trains.In this comprehensive history, Colin Maggs, one of the country's foremost railway historians, tells of other, perhaps less well-known aspects of the company's history: its construction and expansion; the activities of its publicity department; and its sea, air and road services. It was a caring, cradle-to-the-grave employer and at Swindon even provided a hospital, school, baths and recreational facilities. These and other fascinating aspects of the company are all revealed in this accessible book, illustrated with over 100 photographs and period posters, many in colour.
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The Official Guide To The Great Western Railway

Author : Great Western Railway
ISBN : 1391201809
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Excerpt from The Official Guide to the Great Western Railway: The Express Route to the West of England, Wales, Ireland, and the Channel Islands IF our British or American readers can call to mind the distances covered by the Atlantic liners in their voyages from Liverpool to New York or to Boston, they may gain a general idea of the total mileage owned by the Great W esteem Railway. But here ceases the analogy between the journey by land and the passage by sea for instead of a continuous course, over Which the ocean greyhounds have simply to steam ahead, the vast railway system emanating from Paddington towards the west, the south, and the north, comprises six main lines of communi cation, has no fewer than eight hundred and fifty stations, and owns working connections throughout the United Kingdom. Such a network of iron highways naturally demands a clearly defined and carefully-administered plan of traffic, which, while affording express facilities for the larger cities, likewise pro Vides ample travelling accommodation for the smaller towns and villages. A glance through the Oficial Time Tables of the Great Western Railway Will show how fully such needs have been supplied. But, seeing that this useful pub lication is unavoidably confined to a crowded compilation of numerical details, it appears to call for some such elucidation as it is hoped may be supplied by its companion work, the Oflicial Guide to the Great Western Railway. For further particulars of its contents we must refer our readers to sub sequent pages; but we may here remark that the Oficial Guide has been written with a view to provide a practical handbook of condensed information for the use of actual or prospective travellers. The Guide was originally issued some years ago, but the continued extension of the Great Western territory, and the numerous developments of its express services, have demanded so many eliminations of the less important details, so much amplification of existing paragraphs, and such a large amount of additional matter, that the present revised and enlarged publication is virtually a new book. The principal additions to the work are an Introduction, descriptive of the territorial and traffic arrangements of the Great Western Railway. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

The Chicago Great Western Railway

Author : David J. Fiore
ISBN : 073854048X
Genre : History
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The Chicago Great Western Railway (CGW) was a Midwestern line that operated in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Kansas, and Nebraska for 83 years. This book provides nostalgic images and photographs of the operations, employees, locomotives, and stations of a little railroad that is now only a memory.
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The Great Western Railway

Author : Ken Gibbs
ISBN : 9781445625812
Genre : Transportation
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The Great Western Railway (GWR) was founded in 1833 and would connect London to the West. It was engineered by the famous Isambard Kingdom Brunel and was known to many as 'God's Wonderful Railway'. Here is the story of how it grew. Ken Gibbs traces the GWR's history from the very beginning.
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