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Great Western Railway

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Summary

Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the Great Western Railway was designed to be one of the fastest of its time.

The railway was built on a wide gauge of 7 feet known as "broad gauge", designed to increase speed and passenger comfort, and was behind a range of engineering feats from Paddington station to the Severn tunnel and the Royal Albert Bridge.

Its eventual end came when it was absorbed by the amalgam that was British Rail, but for a time the Great Western Railway stood for speed, luxury and efficient travel.

This is a brief 5,000 word article on the achievements and history of the GWR, designed as an introduction for children or quick reference for older readers.

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