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Gloucester Central Station, 1959

Gloucester Central Station, 1959


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Filename: Gloucester - HSG1 030.jpg

Size: 3204 x 2082 (1.4MB)

Date: 10th April 2018

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

Unique Reference Number: HSG1 030

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Gloucester Central Station, 1959

A view of Gloucester Central station in Gloucestershire, 1959, showing the curvature of the platforms, locomotive No. 1409 and the water tank.
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 1959 Gloucester Gloucestershire Station 1409 Water Tank


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This print takes us back to the year 1959, offering a glimpse into the bustling Gloucester Central Station in Gloucestershire. The image beautifully captures the unique curvature of the platforms, showcasing the intricate design of this historic transportation hub. Standing proudly in front is locomotive No. 1409, exuding power and elegance as it prepares for its next journey. Gloucester Central Station has a rich history, originally opening its doors as a terminus in 1840 for the Birmingham and Gloucester Railway. Over time, it evolved into a vital junction for various railway companies, including the renowned Great Western Railway (GWR). This led to an intricate station layout that accommodated both standard and broad gauge trains. In this snapshot from yesteryear, we are also treated to a view of the water tank – an essential feature that ensured these mighty locomotives were always ready for action. It serves as a reminder of how steam-powered engines relied on water to generate their incredible strength and speed. Transport enthusiasts will undoubtedly appreciate this remarkable piece of history preserved by STEAM Museum of GWR. Through this photograph, we are transported back in time to witness not only the architectural beauty but also experience firsthand what life was like at Gloucester Central Station during one vibrant moment in 1959.

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