In 1833, Isambard Kingdom Brunel was appointed engineer of the newly founded Great Western Railway. Using archive footage and photographs our series of programmes follows it's development: the London to the West Country lines that are remembered with such affection as journeys to holiday destinations; the Steam Locomotives designed by Gooch, Churchward and Collett; the grand terminals of Paddington and Temple Meads and the countless country halts.
Before Nationalisation 'Before Nationalisation' features the GWR in the 1920's to the introduction of the King Class the world's fastest train, streamlining and through the war years and in to nationalization and the formation of British rail.
Into the Sixties 'Into the Sixties' covers the start of the withdrawal of Steam with the last Suburban steam from Paddington, we see the withdrawal of the first Grange and witness the last of the Kings.
The End of Steam In 'The End of Steam' we see the Pannier Tanks, Castles working at Paddington and Reading Station with a variety of Halls, Castles, Manors and Prairies and we also take a tour of the Swindon shed and works.