List of Great Western Railway heritage sites

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Great Western Railway
Coat of arms of the Great Western Railway.png
Coat-of-arms of the Great Western Railway, incorporating the shields, crests and mottoes of the cities of London (left) and Bristol (right)
1835Act of Incorporation
1838First train ran
1869–927 ft 14 in (2,140 mm) Brunel gauge
changed to
4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
1903Start of road motor services
1904City of Truro sets speed record
Constituent companies
See full list of constituents of the GWR
1854Shrewsbury and Birmingham Ry
Shrewsbury and Chester Railway
1862South Wales Railway
1863West Midland Railway
1876Bristol and Exeter Railway
South Devon Railway
1889Cornwall Railway
1922Rhymney Railway
Taff Vale Railway
Cambrian Railways
1923Midland & S W Junction Railway
Successor organisation
1948Western Region
of British Railways
Key locations
HeadquartersPaddington station, London
Major stationsBirmingham Snow Hill
Bristol Temple Meads
Cardiff General
London Paddington
Reading General
Route mileage
Mileage shown as at end of year stated.[1][2][3]
1841171 miles (275 km)
18631,106 miles (1,780 km)
18762,023 miles (3,256 km)
18992,504 miles (4,030 km)
19212,900 miles (4,700 km)
19243,797 miles (6,111 km)
Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway near Goodrington
Bristol Temple Meads station
Penzance station
Box Tunnel
Windsor Bridge

Great Western Railway heritage sites are those places where stations, bridges and other infrastructure built by the Great Western Railway and its constituent railways can still be found. These may be heritage railways, museums, operational railway stations, or isolated listed structures.

Operational GWR style heritage railways[edit]

These heritage railways operate on old GWR branch lines. Many other heritage railways and museums also have GWR locomotives or rolling stock in use or on display.


These museums have a GWR theme or are located in old GWR buildings.

Listed structures[edit]

In addition to the places listed below, there are a great many smaller bridges and other structures that have been given listed status. The listing may only cover certain buildings and structures at each location.

World Heritage Site[edit]

UNESCO is considering a proposal to list the Great Western Main Line as a World Heritage Site. The proposal comprises seven individual sites.[5] These are Bristol Temple Meads railway station (including Brunel's Company Offices, Boardroom, train shed, and the Bristol and Exeter Railway Offices along with the route over the River Avon); Bath Spa railway station along with the line from Twerton Tunnel to the Sydney Gardens, Middlehill and Box Tunnels; the Swindon area including Swindon railway works and village; Maidenhead Railway Bridge; Wharncliffe Viaduct; and London Paddington station.

Grade I listed[edit]

Grade II* listed[edit]

Grade II listed[edit]

See also[edit]

A map of the GWR system


  1. ^ MacDermot, E T (1927). "Appendix 1". History of the Great Western Railway, volume I 1833-1863. London: Great Western Railway. Reprinted 1982, Ian Allan, ISBN 0-7110-0411-0
  2. ^ MacDermot, E T (1931). "Appendix 1". History of the Great Western Railway, volume II 1863-1921. London: Great Western Railway. Reprinted 1982, Ian Allan, ISBN 0-711004-12-9
  3. ^ "A brief review of the Company's hundred years of business". Great Western Railway Magazine. Great Western Railway. 47 (9): 495–499. 1935.
  4. ^ Potts, C R (1998). The Newton Abbot to Kingswear Railway (1844 - 1988). Oxford: Oakwood Press. ISBN 0-85361-387-7.
  5. ^ "The Great Western Railway: Paddington-Bristol (selected parts)". United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. 1999. Retrieved 2008-05-22.
  6. ^ "Avon Bridge". Images of England. Retrieved 2007-03-16.
  7. ^ Oakley, Mike (2002). Bristol Railway Stations 1840-2005. Wimbourne: The Dovecote Press. ISBN 1-904349-09-9.
  8. ^ Brindle, Steven (2004). Paddington Station: its history and architecture. Swindon: English Heritage. ISBN 1-873592-70-1.
  9. ^ Binding, John (1997). Brunel's Royal Albert Bridge. Truro: Twelveheads Press. ISBN 0-906294-39-8.