The Great Western Archive


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Absorbed locomotives from the 1921 Railway Act

Absorbed Locomotives from the Railways Act of 1921.

Comprehensive Details of the 925 Locomotives absorbed into the GWR system in the early 1920's

Great Western Stations

Great Western Stations

A selection of my favourite Great Western Stations complete
with histories, track plans and signalbox diagrams.

Sounds of Steam

Sounds of Steam

The sounds of Britain's Big Four steam
and BR locomotives now in
crystal clear MP3 sound.


Swindon Drawings

Swindon drawings of locomotives, coaches and wagons.

Locomotive layout drawings
Coach detail drawings
Wagon detail drawings

A selection of official Swindon drawings of locomotives,
coaches and goods wagons.

Great Western Stock Codes

Great Western Stock Codes

A list of the stock codes for GWR rolling stock, where a gnat can be larger than a crocodile and snakes and pythons roam the countryside

Great Western Coaches

Great Western Coaches

A selection of preserved Great Western coaches and passenger vans.

Great Western Signal Boxes

Great Western Signal Boxes

The Great Western Railway used 1,943 signal and crossing boxes and ground frames to allow a safe passage of its services. Here, the GWR system is divided into 15 sections with each section giving the opening and closing times of each box, distances between boxes and maps.

Great Western Railcars

The GWR Railcars

The Great Western railcars were a ground-breaking achievement for a company with its roots set firmly in the steam locomotive. All railcars are described through the original Park Royal bodied cars, the Gloucester built variants to the final Swindon built railcars.

Woodham Brothers at Barry

The Story of
Woodham Brothers at Barry

The detailed story of the legendary Barry scrapyard with complete lists of all those locomotives saved, the order that the left the yard and those engines that were cut up

Back to Basics

Back to basics

A 17 part series describing the workings of a steam locomotive and each components function together with headlamp and signalbox bell codes.

Preserved Steam Locomotives

Preserved Steam Locomotives

A listing of all preserved steam locomotives of
British Railways and the 'Big Four'.

Updated and now includes War Department locomotives

History of the Great Western Railway

The History of the Great Western Railway

From an Act of Parliament in 1835 to nationalisation 1948, the Great Western Railway, also known as "God's Wonderful Railway", was the envy of the other railway companies in Britain

Preserved Railway Sites

'Preserved Railway Sites'

A list of all of the Standard and
Narrow Gauge railways in the UK.

The Western Region Archive

Western Region's diesel-hydraulic locomotives

Western Region's diesel-hydraulic locomotives

From five heavy underpowered prototypes
to a fleet of modern powerful locomotives.

The The Modernisation Plan of 1955 should have given Britain one of the most up-to-date railway systems in the world.
That is until politics got in the way!

The first engines used by the diesel-hydraulic locomotives were fairly unreliable, but after a few years of painstaking work by both British Railways and the engine manufacturers, reliability became a key word . . . . . . . just prior to all diesel-hydraulics being withdrawn.

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Many thanks to Eric A. Meyer of CWRU and also Neil Johan.