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  Didcot Railway Centre - Great Western Society
The Great Western retained its independence until nationalisation in 1948 and is still with regarded with affection by those who knew it.
The Great Western Railway was one of the most recognisable of the old private operators with its express trains to the holiday resorts in the West of England of chocolate and cream carriages being pulled by the famous Brunswick green locomotives.
It became necessary to put the scheme on a proper footing and thus in 1964 was born the Great Western Society.
www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk /great_western_society/great_western_society.shtml   (448 words)

 Great Western Railway
Great Western Railway or ‘Brunels Billiard Table’ as it was known at the time is without doubt the most famous of railways in England.
Steamships of undreamt of size and power, the Great Western, Great Britain and finally the Great Eastern, docks, tunnels and even a complete prefabricated hospital building shipped in parts to the Crimea in 1855 are to mention just a few of the more notable.
In contrast to the rest of the growing railway network of England Brunel used the broad gauge (2.2m) for the project instead of the standard gauge (1.55m) and inevitably track-width had to be standardized.
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  Great Western Railway
Sous la direction dynamique de Charles John Brydges, le GWR encaisse d'abord des profits, mais après la dépression de 1857 il souffre des conséquences d'une construction négligente, d'une expansion rapide, de l'augmentation de la concurrence locale et d'un conflit de gestion interne prolongé.
Comme les concurrents américains fusionnent leurs lignes, les tarifs de transit baissent et le GWR et son principal concurrent local, le GRAND TRUNK RAILWAY, en pâtissent.
Il permet au chemin de fer de la Great Western de faire la liaison avec une grande partie des États-Unis (avec la permission du Canadien National).
www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com /index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=F1ARTF0003431   (363 words)

  Great Western Railway - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Great Western Railway originated from the desire of Bristol merchants to maintain the position of their port as the second port in the country and the chief one for American trade.
The South Wales Railway, terminating at Neyland, opened in 1850 and was connected to the GWR via Brunel's ungainly Wye bridge in 1852.
Though this appeared to be a great coup for the GWR, the coal traffic declined significantly as the use of coal as a naval fuel declined, and within a decade the GWR was itself the largest single user of Welsh coal.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Great_Western_Railway   (1500 words)

 Chicago Great Western Railway - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Great Western also expanded its assortment of feeder branch lines in Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois, but plans to continue expanding the railroad north to Duluth, Minnesota, west to Sioux City, Iowa or Denver, Colorado, or south into Mexico, never came to fruition.
The Great Western trimmed passenger service, which was never particularly profitable on the lightly-populated lines, abandoned branch lines and refurbished main lines, and continued acquisition of huge locomotives, this time 2-10-4 Texas-types, which pulled enormous trains, sometimes one-hundred cars long and longer.
Investors balked and the CGW stayed independent, but even as the Great Western survived and thrived during the 1950s, it was becoming increasingly clear that the American railroad climate was changing.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Chicago_Great_Western_Railway   (1682 words)

 The Story of the G.W.R.
The railway was, in fact, difficult to construct throughout because the level part along the coast had to be laid between the sea and the cliffs.
The Great Western, which did not want a break in their system at Gloucester, was also eager to buy up the two independent railways; but the Midland outbid them and the broad gauge suffered a severe reverse.
The effect of the grouping of the Great Western's mileage was to increase it by 560 geographical miles, and by 3, 365 miles of single track, sidings included, as the system already covered very thoroughly the country between the London-Penzance line on the south and the London-Birmingham-Chester route in the north.
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 Great Western Railway Main Index
However the GWR was taken to court by the buffet leasee, with the company losing their case and in the process learning a valuable lesson.
However, problems were encountered at towns such as Gloucester where the Great Western provided its broad gauge track from the south of the town met the Gloucester and Birmingham standard gauge track from the north.
It was on the 'Great Eastern' that Brunel suffered a heart attack and died on the 15th of September.
www.greatwestern.org.uk /m_in_gwr.htm   (1020 words)

 Great Western Railway
The London and Gore Railroad Co, incorporated 6 May 1834, changed its name to the Great Western Rail Road Co in 1845 and to the Great Western Railway in 1853.
While the railway helped to stimulate and integrate the local economy, it also relied for 40-60% of its gross revenue on through American traffic between New York and Michigan states.
As American competitors consolidated lines, through rates fell and the Great Western and its chief local rival, the GRAND TRUNK RAILWAY, suffered.
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 South Devon Railway - Home page
We are a registered Charity who operate a Standard Gauge Railway between Buckfastleigh and Totnes in South Devon, England beside the fast flowing river Dart.
It was taken over by the Great Western Railway in 1876.
It is used here because it's the version used by the former Great Western Railway in their publications and our stated objectives are to promote the standards which best reflect the traditions of the Great Western Railway.
www.southdevonrailway.org   (214 words)

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The GWR was a pioneer in cab signalling, devising and applying an effective system by 1906 that survived, with slight modifications, into the 1980's, when it was finally superseded on ex-GWR lines by the British Railways intermittent inductive AWS that is still in use.
The Great Central used the mechanical trip Reliostop system for a few years, until it was removed by the LNER, as was the Raven system on the North Eastern between York and Darlington.
Railway companies in the United States were equally enthusiastic about cab signals, but were forced much against their will to adopt such systems by regulatory action.
www.du.edu /~etuttle/rail/atcgwr.htm   (2755 words)

 "Over the Atlantic and Great Western Railway"   (Site not responding. Last check: )
What the Atlantic and Great Western Railway did on their part, and what the Erie Railway did on theirs show how, imperfect the best judgments are in respect to the immediate future of American railways.
The Erie Railway Company built a small wooden shed, which was dignified by the name of freight-house; and the Atlantic and Great Western Railway were extravagant enough to provide both a wooden shed as freight-house, and a wooden shed as depot.
Railway Company are about to build others, from the same drawings, and in the same substantial manner; and substantial manner and the stone foundation of an eleven-stall engine round-house has been already laid.
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 Great Western Railway - UK Railways
Various other railways were built in the area to connect with the GWR: The Bristol and Exeter Railway reached Exeter by 1844, The Cheltenham and Great Western Union Railway linked Swindon to Gloucester and Cheltenham in 1845, and the Bristol and Gloucester Railway brought the broad gauge to Gloucester in 1844.
The South Wales Railway opened in 1850 and was connected to the GWR via Brunel's ungainly Wye bridge in 1852.
Though this appeared to be a great coup for the GWR, the coal traffic declined significantly as the use of coal as a naval fuel declined, and within a decade the GWR was itself the largest single user of Welsh coal.
ukrailways.wikia.com /wiki/GWR   (1100 words)

 Industrial Hamilton -- A Trail to the Future - The Great Western Railway   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The name of the fledgeling freight and passenger railway was changed to The Great Western Railway (G.W.R.), and its mileage was expanded to cover the area between Windsor in the west and the Niagara River in the east.
Construction was begun on the G.W.R. in 1851, after the municipalities along the projected route bought great amounts of stock to finance the effort.
It is difficult to overestimate the influence that the Great Western Railway had on the development of Hamilton.
collections.ic.gc.ca /industrial/greatwestern.htm   (932 words)

 Great Western Railway - Search Results - MSN Encarta   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Great Western Railway (GWR), one of the four British main-line rail companies that were nationalized to form the British Railways system in 1948....
The turning point of Brunel's career came in 1833 when he was appointed engineer to the new railway to be built between London and Bristol.
Traditionally the region is the centre of the English woollen trade.
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In 1854 the Great Western Railway company purchased from the govern- ment the tract west of Front street along the river between Wellington and Nelson streets, and beyond them to the north and south, including the water lots in front, for which they paid the sum awarded by arbitra- tion.
On cross-examination, he said that the Great Western Railway was finished and opened to Sarnia about four years ago, and that he did not know that any objection was made to the works going on while they were in progress.
Clair with their railway and works to whatever extent might be require for providing all the accommodations and conveniences necessary for conducting their proper business at this termination of the road, on the bank of the river St. Clair.
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 Lake County Railroad, Great Western Railway
Great Western Railway set up their N-C-O division to handle operations, and they had two of their locomotives on the property at the start of operations.
Great Western ran two trains a week over the line to keep the flow of loads and empties going.
Originally Nickel Plate Road #436; to Norfolk and Western #2436; to Weyerhaeuser Timber Corp. #776; to Chehalis Western #776; to Columbia and Cowlitz #700; to Lake County Railroad #700.
www.trainweb.org /highdesertrails/lcr.html   (1457 words)

 Adrian Vaughan - Brunel biography - Great Western Railway
His specialities are the history of the Great Western Railway in general and the life of I.K Brunel in particular.
When Western Region lost its tsea, he made almost weekly visits to the Festiniog Railway for firing work and 'discovered' for himself the Oxenholme - Shap and the Ribblehead to Air Gill lines.
Western Railway' and a chapter to 'Conserving the Railway Heritage' for York University.
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 Signal Boxes of the Great Western Railway
A large number of McKenzie and Holland boxes of their later design were erected on the Great Western from 1875 onwards to supplement the GW's own resources.
Concurrently with their 1880 design, the Great Western introduced a McKenzie and Holland lookalike which was used on the northern lines which until c1885 had been exclusively catered for by contractors.
The name of the Great Western outlived the Grouping of 1923, but of course its size expanded as the smaller companies in its area were absorbed.
www.signalbox.org /gallery/gw.htm   (700 words)

 The Great Western Railway
History: The Galt and Guelph Railway (GandGR) was incorporated in 1852 by businessmen close to the Great Western Railway in order to construct a line north from the terminus of the GWR Galt branch to the industrial community of Guelph.
In 1871, the LandPSR was amalgamated with the Great Western.
It was proposed that the railway would form a loop, extending southeast from Glencoe on the GWR mainline in a straight line to the Fort Erie area where connections would be made with an existing north-south railway that would lead back to the mainline.
home.primus.ca /~robkath/railgwr.htm   (2943 words)

 Brunel 200: Great Western Railway
Temple Meads is thought to be the first true ‘terminus’ type of railway station in which trains and people inhabited the same space beneath a single over-sailing roof.
However, in 1846 the government decided in favour of the standard and all new lines were built to that gauge (the GWR would complete its conversion to standard in 1892).
Through his work on the railway, Brunel contributed to a process that would come to physically unify the country, conquer distances, widen access to public transport, and lead to the general adoption of Greenwich Meantime.
www.brunel200.com /great_western_railway.htm   (1110 words)

 BBC - Wiltshire - Features - Historic Railway archive is completed
The first locomotive, The Great Western, was completed in 1846, starting a proud tradition that lasted nearly a century and a half until the works closed in 1986.
The Wiltshire and Swindon Record Office was selected as the local record office for the GWR and the British Rail Western Region archive in 1985, when the Public Record Office decided to restrict its collecting policy to records of strategic and national importance.
The Great Western Railway was the only British railway to survive intact from its opening in 1841 right up until the nationalisation of the rail network after the Second World War.
www.bbc.co.uk /wiltshire/features/gwr_archive.shtml   (475 words)

 TGOL - Great Western   (Site not responding. Last check: )
One of the largest British railway companies was the Great Western Railway Co. In 1837, they decided to extend their rail service to Bristol, and summoned the company’s board for a meeting.
The Great Western's maiden departure from Bristol in 1838.
Along with the Great Britain and a number of Cunard and PandO paddle steamers, she was used as a troop transport in the Crimean War.
www.greatoceanliners.net /greatwestern.html   (1136 words)

 MSN Encarta
It can be quite hard to think of railway travel as glamorous, but the romance of the railway persists in these classic journeys.
It has been claimed that the Canadian Pacific Railway helped to seal Canada’s national sense of identity.
One of the most famous services on Britain’s railways was that provided by the Flying Scotsman.
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 The Great Western Railway: Paddington-Bristol (selected parts) - UNESCO World Heritage Centre
The Great Western Railway between London and Bristol was authorised by Parliament in 1835, and was opened in stages from both ends from 1 8s8 onwards.
Regarded among other important early UK railways, including the Stockton and Darlington Railway, Liverpool and Manchester Railway and the London and Birmingham Railway, as best representing the primary phase of world railway development, the Great Western is the best preserved of this group.
East of Box Tunnel the railway passes tErough Chippenham on a long embankment, pierced by an underbridge accommodating the former Great Western Turnpike, leading to the town itself where a impressive viaduct straddles the town centre.
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 TGOL - Great Britain   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Great Western had been built with a wooden hull, but Brunel figured that being a stronger material, iron would allow for even larger ships.
Just as with the Great Western, the Mammoth would be constructed with conventional paddle wheels on her sides.
Retaining her name, the Great Britain was now intended for the Australian emigration run, and for this purpose her passengers accommodations were altered to 50 people in First Class and 680 in Third.
www.greatoceanliners.net /greatbritain.html   (1755 words)

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