Great Western Railway Gallery (Hardback)
A Pictorial Journey Through Time
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It could be agued that the great Western or 'Gods' Wonderful Railway' was for many years the most famous railway in England. Much of the railway that we see today was the work of probably one of the great engineers of his time, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The company was also served by locomotive engineers such as Gooch, Armstrong, Churchward, Collett and Hawksworth, who between them produced a series of locomotives that were well designed, elegant and powerful.
Serving many holiday resorts of the south west, with trains such as 'The Cornish Riviera Express', the publicity department exploited to great effect the Great Western as the 'Holiday Line’. It is probably true to say that in the years before the Second World War the company was producing some of the most effective publicity material in England.
Using previously unpublished material from the extensive 'Great Western Trust' collection at Didcot Railway Centre, the book illustrates in both black and white and colour many facets that made the Great Western 'Great'.
Featured inGreat Western Echo
This quite substantial book seems to be one of the best pictorial surveys of the GWR seen for some time.Railway Correspondence and Travel Society
Recommended, especially for students of the GWR.
As featured inBritish Railway Modelling, May 2019
Featured in crossword competition giveawayRAIL, May 2019
A pictorial album arranged by themes, including engine sheds, camping coaches, passenger shipping, signalling,staff and many more. The photos cover most aspects of the Railway and are nearly all of excellent quality often Company publicity shots and, as we expect from Pen and Sword, superbly reproduced.Welsh Railways Research Circle
There are plentiful colour pictures of GWR publicity, most could give valuable detail for modeller's.
A very interesting book about a very famous railway in its time. Its large number of photographs help to know this railway and its trains. But the most important section is advertising, with some of the best posters have been created on a railroad.Unes Cuantos Trenes Blog, Jorge del Valle
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This is the latest in Pen and Sword’s series of railway books, and again it contains rare and superb photographs of a different era in British railway history. Magnificent.Books Monthly
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Using previously unpublished material from the extensive 'Great Western Trust' collection at Didcot Railway Centre, "Great Western Railway Gallery: A Pictorial Journey Through Time" by retired professional photographer and photography teacher Laurence Waters wonderfully and informatively illustrates in both black and white and color many facets that made the Great Western 'Great'. An exceptional photographic study, the "Great Western Railway Gallery" will be an enduringly valued and appreciated addition to personal, community, and academic library Railroading History collections and supplemental studies reading lists.Midwest Book Review
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Click here to listen to author interviewBBC Radio Oxford with presenter Lilley Mitchell, 18th March 2019
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Although there is nothing new in this book it brings together in one large volume some of the best photographs. With the notable exception of Temple Meads stationJames Simmonds
As a single volume it’s excellent and highly recommended