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Bristol Temple Meads
I remember when the original part of Temple Meads Station was actually used for trains -- at that point, in the early 1960s, for London Midland Region trains to Birmingham New Street, Derby and Sheffield, rather than Western Region ones. In those days it was platforms 13 & 15. I have to say that, in spite of its wonderful hammer-beam roof, Bourne's lithograph suggests a building a lot lighter than it actually was -- still, modern electric lighting covers a multitude of sins. It deserves to be used as a railway station and perhaps one day it will be once again. Note the luggage wagon immediately behind the tender of the "Firefly" Class locomotive, and the carriage wagon on the left. A video of the station in around 1963 may be seen here.
Brunel's original station at Bristol Temple Meads in Bourne's famous lithograph
Bourne's lithograph of the goods shed at Bristol Temple Meads in 1846
Bristol Temple Meads as reconstructed in 1876 by Francis Fox (formerly Chief Engineer of the B&ER) and Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt, who had collaborated with Brunel to rebuild Paddington Station in 1854. The spire was destroyed in World War II
Bristol Temple Meads, joint Great Western, Bristol & Exeter and Midland Railways, in the 1860s. B&ER trainshed on the left with B&ER General Offices behind and Brunel's original GWR trainshed on the right. To enlarge right click and select "view image"
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