A new edition of the Great Western Railway handbook is being published, first written by David Wragg in 2006. The handbook details the rise of the GWR through 1913 – 47.
The Great Western Railway is one of the most famous rail companies in the world. Originally built to serve as a fast railway line to London from the cities of the west, especially for the merchants and financiers of Bristol, it also provided services to and from Merseyside, Wales, Cardiff, Cornwall and Birmingham.
The book reveals the equipment, stations, network, shipping and air services, bus operations including Western National, and overall reach and history of the GWR.
6 August 2016 is the 70th anniversary of the Royal Assent to the Transport Act that created British Rail from the ‘big four’ rail companies, and the book illustrates this and many more key moments in the GWR’s history with photographs of a wide variety of locomotives, coaches, interiors and related transport, as well as advertisements and timetables.
Author David Wragg has written many books on railway, aviation and defence subjects, including Wartime on the Railways, The Southern Railway Story, The LMS Story, the LNER Story and The GWR Story for The History Press. He has also written on these subjects for The Sunday Telegraph, The Spectator and The Scotsman. He lives near Edinburgh.