John Speller's Web Pages Great Western Railway

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When narrow with broad first began to entwine,
A grey-headed driver was killed on the line;
His last feeble whisper was caught by his mate,
"Thank God, 'twas broad gauge, where I met with my fate."

Reported by the Gentleman's Magazine,1892. According to one report this incident took place during the last month of broad-gauge working at Oxford in November 1872.
An express speeds along the sea wall between Dawlish and Teignmouth in the early 1900s behind an "Atbara" Class 4-4-0
Broad & Narrow Gauge Locomotives of the Great Western Railway
The GWR "crest" or more properly "badge," comprising the combined arms of London and Bristol. In the 1920s the Crown asked the GWR to remove the garter, since this was a royal symbol which they had no right to use
"Speed to the West," GWR Publicity Department poster by Charles Mayo, 1939
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