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Gloucester Central Station, 1956

Gloucester Central Station, 1956


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Filename: Gloucester - HSG1 020.jpg

Size: 3192 x 2040 (1.4MB)

Date: 10th April 2018

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

Unique Reference Number: HSG1 030

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Gloucester Central Station, 1956

A view of Gloucester Central station in Gloucestershire, 1956, showing locomotive No. 4564 sitting at the platform.
Gloucester Central originally opened as a terminus in 1840 for the Birmingham and Gloucester Railway. It quickly became a hub for several different railway companies (including the GWR) and dealt with both standard and broad gauge, leading to a complicated station layout

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1950s 1956 Gloucester Gloucestershire Platform Station


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This print takes us back in time to Gloucester Central Station in the year 1956. As we gaze upon this historical snapshot, our eyes are drawn to locomotive No. 4564 gracefully resting at the platform. The station itself holds a rich history, having originally opened as a terminus for the Birmingham and Gloucester Railway in 1840. Gloucester Central quickly evolved into a bustling hub for various railway companies, including the renowned Great Western Railway (GWR). Its significance was further amplified by its ability to accommodate both standard and broad gauge trains, resulting in an intricate and complex station layout. In this particular moment frozen in time, we witness the charm of mid-20th century railway travel. Passengers eagerly await their journeys while others bid farewell or welcome loved ones home. The atmosphere is filled with anticipation and nostalgia as steam billows from the locomotive's chimney, creating an enchanting aura that transports us back to a bygone era. The authenticity captured within this image is truly remarkable; it encapsulates not only the physicality of Gloucester Central Station but also serves as a testament to its role as a vital transportation link connecting Gloucestershire with other parts of England during this transformative period. As we admire this photograph print from STEAM Museum of GWR, let us appreciate how it allows us to glimpse into history and marvel at the timeless beauty of our railways' past achievements.

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