The interior of Bristol Station, 19th century.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Lithograph by G Hawkins Jnr, after S C Jones, showing an interior view of Bristol station on the Great Western Railway (GWR). Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859) was appointed chief engineer of the GWR in March 1833, with the task of building a railway to link London and Bristol. The first section, opened in 1838, went from London to Taplow, Buckinghamshire, before finally reaching Bristol in 1841.