Issue Date: 19/08/2010
Issue Name: Great British Railways - Great Western Railway
Producer: Buckingham Covers
This lovely cover features a stunning painting of ‘Castle on the Coast’ by Terence Cuneo, a GWR locomotive. it has the full set of Great British Railways stamps and a specially designed Paddington postmark featuring the original Great Western Railway crest and is available signed by Jenny Agutter.
Great Western Railway
The original Great Western Railway was built by I K Brunel to a 7’ gauge and ran from Paddington to Bristol and Exeter. Its trains were, at one time, the fastest in the world.
Eventually the GWR reached the far west of England and South Wales and north to Birmingham, Chester and Birkenhead. Commercial considerations led to the abolition of the broad gauge in 1892 but by 1905 the GWR was on top again developing locomotive designs that were many years ahead of its rivals.
When the railways were nationalised in 1948 the GWR was the only company to have kept its separate existence since being first set up.
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Jenny Agutter OBE is a British actress. She began her career as a child actress in 1964, appearing in East of Sudan, Star! and two adaptations of The Railway Children—the BBC's 1968 television serial and the 1970 film version.