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Great Western Railway


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The Great Western Railway (GWR) was a British railway company that linked London with the south-west and west of England, the Midlands, and most of Wales. It was founded in 1833, received its enabling Act of Parliament on 31 August 1835 and ran its first trains in 1838. It was engineered by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who chose a broad gauge of 7 ft —later slightly widened to 7 ft 1⁄4 in —but, from 1854, a series of amalgamations saw it also operate 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in standard-gauge trains; the last broad-gauge services were operated in 1892. The GWR was the only company to keep its identity through the Railways Act 1921, which amalgamated it with the remaining independent railways within its territory, and it was finally merged at the end of 1947 when it was nationalised and became the Western Region of British Railways.
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  • Formation 

  • Route of the line 

  • Brunel's 7-foot gauge and the "gauge war" 

  • Into the 20th century 

  • One of the "Big Four" 

  • World War II and after 

  • Geography 

  • Key locations 

  • Engineering features 

  • Operations 

  • Passenger services 

  • Freight services 

  • Ancillary operations 

  • Locomotives 

  • Carriages 

  • Wagons 

  • Track 

  • Signalling 

  • Cultural impact 

  • Tourism 

  • Art, media and literature 

  • Heritage 

  • Locomotives named ''Great Western'' 

  • Others