John Speller's Web Pages Great Western Railway

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Great Western Railway
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.

Broad Gauge

___Sir Daniel Gooch
___Broad Gauge Locomotives
______Ajax & Mars
______Hurricane
______North Star
______Premier
______Snake
______Venus
______Vulcan
______Firefly Class
______Hesperus
______Mystery Locomotive
______Gooch Standard Goods
______Waverley Class
______Gooch Valve Gear
______Iron Duke Class
______Great Britain
______Lord of the Isles
______Rover Renewals
______Armstrong Locomotives
______Hawthorn Class
______Dean Locomotives
______Convertible Locomotives
______Dean Compound
___Flying Dutchman Express
___Jubilee Express
___Zulu Express
___Cornishman Express
___Bath Spa
___Bath City
___Bathampton
___Box
___Bristol Temple Meads
___Chepstow Tubular Bridge
___Devizes
___Frome
___GWR Carriages
___Maidenhead Bridge
___Warminster
___Other Broad Gauge Bridges
___Paddington
___Royal Progress
___Swindon Works
___Twyford
___Weymouth
___Wharncliffe Viaduct
___GW Broad Gauge Personalities
___Seymour Clarke
___Charles E. Spagnoletti

___W. F. Gooch
___Berks & Hants Railway
___Bristol & Exeter Railway
______Pearson Tanks
______Rebuilt Pearson Tanks
______Other Pearson Locomotives
______William Froude
______Barnstaple Branch
______Minehead Branch
______Venn Cross Station
______Bridgwater
______Chard Branch
______Norton Fitzwarren Accident 1890
______Taunton 1842
______Taunton 1868
______Tiverton Branch
______The Fair Field
______Wellington
______Yeovil Branch
______Exeter & Crediton Railway
______Somerset Central Railway
___South Devon Railway
______Atmospheric Railway
______John Wright Locomotives
______Dawlish
______Ivybridge Viaduct
______Launceston Branch
______Rev. A. H. Malan
______Moretonhampstead Branch
______South Devon Railway Carriages
______Teignmouth
______Thomas Tunstall
___Swansea Branch
___South Wales Mineral Railway
___Cornwall & West Cornwall Railways
___"Itch-Dying" Train
___Cornwall Railway Timber Trestles
___Oxford & Rugby Railway
___Royal Albert Bridge
___Faringdon Branch
___Torbay & Brixham Railway
___Carmarthen & Cardigan Railway
___Metropolitan Railway
___Metropolitan Railway Locomotives
___Vale of Neath Railway
___Brentford Branch
___Uxbridge (Vine Street) Branch
___Wycombe Railway
___East Somerset Railway


Narrow Gauge

___John Auld
___Cambrian Railways
_____Llanidloes & Newtown Railway
_____Newtown & Machynlleth Railway
_____Mid-Wales Railway
_____Disasters at Abermule
_____Mawddwy Railway
___Potteries, Shrewsbury and North Wales Railway
___Coaching Stock
___Named Expresses
___Personnel
___Brecon & Merthyr Railway
___Neath & Brecon Railway
___Cheltenham Flyer
___Armstrong "517" Class 0-4-2T
___Armstrong "850" Class 0-6-0ST
___Dean Narrow Gauge Locomotives
___Dean/Churchward 36xx Class 2-4-2T
___Churchward Locomotives
___Churchward "44xx" Class Prairie Tanks
___Churchward County Class
___Crane Engines
___Collett Locomotives
___Hawksworth Locomotives
___Sir Felix Pole
___Liskeard & Looe Railway
___Dawlish Cut-off
___St. Germans & Looe Railway
___Midland & South Western Junction Railway
___Cornish Riviera Limited
___Torbay Express
___Stourbridge Railway
___Worcester & Hereford Railway
___Ledbury & Gloucester Railway
___Manchester & Milford Railway
___Teign Valley Line
___Kingham - Banbury Railway
___Highworth Branch
___Tetbury Branch
___Fairford Branch
___West Midland Railway
___Birkenhead Joint Railway
___Staines Branch
___Greenford Branch
___Cornwall Minerals Railway
___Truro & Newquay Railway
___Exe Valley Branch
___Culm Valley Branch
___Birmingham Moor Street
___Castle Cary Branch
___London, Bristol & South Wales Direct Railway
___Shrewsbury & Hereford Railway (LNWR/GWR)
___Shrewsbury & Welshpool Railway (LNW/GW Joint)
___Wellington Craven Arms Line
___Severn Valley Railway
___Shifnal Buildwas Branch
___Fishguard & Rosslare Railways & Harbours Company (GWR/GS&WR)
___Market Drayton / Nantwich Branch
___Yealmpton Branch
___Pembroke & Tenby Railway
___Burry Port & Gwendraeth Valley Railway
___Taff Vale Railway
___St. David's Branch
___Didcot, Newbury & Southampton Railway
___Lambourn Valley Railway
___Barry Railway
___Wolverhampton & Kingswinford Railway
___Malmesbury Railway
___North Warwickshire Railway
___Shipston-on-Stour Branch
___Ruabon to Barmouth Junction
___Rhos Branch

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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