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Network Rail has acquired 'Bristol Old Station', the iconic Grade I listed building, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, that was Bristol's first railway station when it opened in 1840 as the western terminus of the Great Western Railway from London Paddington. It remains one of the oldest surviving railway stations in Britain. Its acquisition from Bristol City Council allows Network Rail to bring the building back into railway ownership for the first time since rail privatisation in the mid-1990s.
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Bristol Temple Meads [1st]: Bristol Temple Meads station, 26th May, a very impressive station. This is the entry into the original passenger terminus.
Alan Cormack 26/05/2017


Bristol Temple Meads [1st]: Brunel's original train shed at Temple Meads in February 2013. The site is now used for car parking (with a �1 discount for parking outdoors!), but should soon be reopened as a terminus for electric trains from London. Notice the signal box on the right.
Ken Strachan 10/02/2013


Bristol Temple Meads [1st]: Bristol Temple Meads the original western terminus of the GWR. Note signalbox back right.
Ewan Crawford //

Bristol's Temple Meads celebrated turning 180-years-old with a special birthday event today (1 September) which was attended by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
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Bristol Temple Meads [1st]: Brunel's original train shed at Temple Meads in February 2013. The site is now used for car parking (with a �1 discount for parking outdoors!), but should soon be reopened as a terminus for electric trains from London. Notice the signal box on the right.
Ken Strachan 10/02/2013


Bristol Temple Meads [1st]: Bristol Temple Meads the original western terminus of the GWR. Note signalbox back right.
Ewan Crawford //


Bristol Temple Meads: This is from an engraving of Bristol dated 1887.
Just below left of centre is Temple Meads station. Curving down then left is the B&E line to Taunton; running right is the GWR line to Bath. The triangular junction centre right is the southern end of Filton bank with the line running up to the top left. The line to St Mary Redcliffe and the docks runs left from Temple Meads just behind Brunel's original train shed.
Across the top of the picture is the Midland line to Avonmouth (I am told one of the viaducts has the wrong number of arches!), Starting just west of the triangle then running up and right is the Midland line to Gloucester.
The Midland lines are both gone, now, but a connection from Lawrence Hill remains to a smaller yard. The line to the docks has also gone but built since 1887 is the avoiding line which crosses the river on the lower right. Temple Meads station itself has grown considerably, taking over much of the adjacent square site of the old cattle market.
John Thorn //1887

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