Great Western Railway 1835 - 1985, The Bristol to London GRW 150 Bristol
The Great Western Railway 1835 - 1985 Bristol to London GRW 150 Bristol Celebrations 1985 The most famous railway in the world Approx 20 pages. Photos with captions
Four Bristol Merchants met in 1832, representing the Corporation, the Chamber of Commerce, the Dock Company and the Society of Merchant Venturers to agree on the provision of funds for an initial survey of a railway line between Bristol and London. They advertised for an engineer and in the Spring of 1833 the young I.K. Brunel was appointed. He had already been active in Bristol on designs for the Clifton Suspension Bridge, preparatory work for which had begun in June 1831, which a contemporary described as "the ornament of Bristol and the wonder of the age".
It was to be eight years before the 118 mile railway between Bristol and London was finally completed at a total cost of over ,4 million. Brunel felt it was "the finest work in England". Many of the civil engineering undertakings involved tremendous effort by man and beast. 4,000 men and 300 horses laboured day and night to complete the Box Tunnel and over 30 million bricks were used in its construction. Frequently working over 20 hours a day, Brunel was haunted by the myriad problems along the line.
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