Author: Andrew Roden
Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd
The Great Western Railway (GWR) was dubbed by its admirers God's Wonderful Railway. It is remembered with more nostalgia and love than any of Britain's other railways. It built and operated the wonderful main line from London to the West Country and Cornwall (part of today's First Great Western franchise), and it was engineered by the flamboyant Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who designed wonders such as Box Tunnel, Royal Albert Bridge as well as London Paddington.
This book illustrates an extraordinary story, of a civil engineering marvel brought about by perhaps the greatest of railway barons, and of nothing less than the opening-up of the isolated south-west of England to trade and tourism of the modern age.