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GWR Prospectus Map from 1834

GWR Prospectus Map from 1834


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Filename: Map from Prospectus 1834 high resolution.jpg

Size: 5036 x 2655 (3.6MB)

Date: 12th May 2017

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

Unique Reference Number: RY 1981/30

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GWR Prospectus Map from 1834

This document shows the proposed line from London to Bristol prior to the GWR receiving their Act of Parliament in 1835

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway

Media ID 13531176

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Victorian 1834 Prospectus Route


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This print showcases the proposed route of the Great Western Railway (GWR) from London to Bristol, as illustrated in the 1834 prospectus map. At a time when the railway revolution was gathering momentum in Victorian England, the GWR was on the brink of making history with its ambitious plan to connect the bustling metropolis of London with the vibrant port city of Bristol. The intricate details of the map reveal the proposed stations along the route, each marked with a neat label, including Paddington, Reading, Swindon, Bath, and Bristol Temple Meads. The winding line of the proposed railway track cuts through the lush green landscapes, meandering around hills and valleys, and crossing over rivers and streams. The map's meticulous design offers a fascinating glimpse into the planning and engineering efforts that went into bringing this vision to life. The GWR prospectus map of 1834 is a testament to the ingenuity and ambition of the railway pioneers who sought to transform the way people traveled and connected with each other across great distances. Although the railway did not yet have the legal backing of an Act of Parliament, this map represents a significant milestone in the journey towards the realization of the GWR's ambitious project. The map's intricate details and historical significance make it a valuable addition to any collection of railway history or Victorian-era memorabilia.

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