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Didcot Junction in 1904 CC97_02192

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Filename: cc97_02192.jpg

Size: 4947 x 3806 (8.8MB)

Date: 6th October 2011

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

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Didcot Junction in 1904 CC97_02192

DIDCOT, Oxfordshire. Looking from the east at a signal box towards the junction station, with an engine approaching and a line of carriages to the right. The Branch Junction to Oxford and the erection of Isambard Kingdom Brunels covered station was completed in 1844. Photographed in 1904 by Henry Taunt

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This evocative photograph, taken by Henry Taunt in 1904, captures the bustling activity at Didcot Junction in Oxfordshire during the Edwardian era. Looking eastwards, the image reveals a signal box and the imposing red-brick station building, which was completed in 1844 as part of Isambard Kingdom Brunel's Great Western Railway line from London to Bristol and South Wales. The station, with its distinctive covered canopy, was a significant junction, branching out to various destinations, including Oxford. In the foreground, an engine chugs along the tracks, its billowing smoke adding to the sense of movement and industry. A line of carriages follows closely behind, their windows reflecting the station's grand architecture and the surrounding greenery. The scene is a testament to the railway's role as a vital mode of transport during this period, connecting communities and facilitating travel and commerce. The photograph's composition expertly conveys the sense of anticipation and excitement that comes with the approach of a train. The intricate details, from the individual bricks of the station to the engine's intricate machinery, showcase Henry Taunt's exceptional skill as a photographer. This image is a precious window into the past, offering a glimpse into the daily life and transportation landscape of early 20th-century England.

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