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A fine history of the GWR, packed with rare and precious archive film. Meet ex-GWR staffers and drivers, and enjoy a wealth of highlights including GWR’s own promo films, 1930s Devon steam, Laira Depot in the 1960s, Castles at Paddington in the 1950s, Steam in-depth at Swindon, GWR preservation projects, the GWS at Didcot and much more.
Delve into the history of the foundations of the company, starting with Isambard Kingdom Brunel. you will enjoy the fascinating recollections of men who actually worked for the GWR from the 1930s to 1960s. These Include an interview with David Maidment, who speaks of his days as a career railwayman starting at Old Oak Common depot, moving to various regions of the West Country and Wales.
Full of archive films from the 1930s onwards, this DVD features the Great Western in action in every form and the way the legend continues in the preservation movement of today.the programme surveys the locomotives and railway lines that survive in more modern times and look at the effect on Barry engines that made it all possible.
We see how the GWR lives on in the preservation movement of the 21st century starting with the Great Western Society and its base at Didcot. Other highlights include a feature on Laira Depot in the 1950s and the striking scene of Castles at Paddington in the 1950s.