With a network stretching from Penzance to London as well as South Wales and Liverpool, the Great Western Railway has become an iconic name in the world of transport.
It all started back in 1835, 175 years ago.
Before the railways, the UK's canals played an important role in transporting goods across to important parts of the country.
However the winter brought problems with the canal routes icing over.
Dry summers would mean the canals could dry up.
For many years stage coaches had been the option to get around the country on dry land.
Although it could only take a couple of days to get from London to Bristol, if you were to throw in wintery weather and flooding, the journey could be delayed by several days.
A new form of transport was needed, it came with the birth of the GWR railway network.
When the GWR first started running passenger services in the 1830s the third class carriages were open trucks.
They were highly dangerous and severely unpleasant for anyone travelling in one.
The welfare of the passengers soon became top priority and carriages evolved significantly over the years.
The Great Western Railway were an image conscious company and provided well for their employees and families.
Not only did the company provide their own basic work related items, but they also built schools, churches, houses, hospitals and parks.
The GWR were a forward thinking company, with outstanding provisions.
Brunel built the Royal Albert bridge which connected Cornwall to the rest of the UK rail network
The Medical Fund Society set up in the 1840s by the company is thought to have been used as a blue print for the National Health Service.
Soon after it was agreed a railway bridge linking Cornwall to the rest of the UK's network would be built.
The Royal Albert Bridge in Saltash was the brainchild of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. His mission was to build a bridge that would stretch across the River Tamar. At the time the river was around 1100 ft wide.
It had originally been hoped that Brunel's Cornish bridge would be a two way track. However back in the 1840s the Cornwall Railway Company didn't have a never ending pot of money. The single track was agreed, at a saving of £100,000 - a tremendous amount of money in those days.
His Royal Highness Prince Albert officially opened the Royal Albert Bridge in May of 1859.
Even though it linked Cornwall to the rest of the UK, there had already been a local railway here for several years.
The Bodmin & Wadebridge Railway opened back in 1834. It was the first steam-worked railway in Cornwall, and one of the first in Britain to carry passengers.
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