Coat of arms of the Great Western Railway, 19th century.
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Transfer print of garter and crests on wooden panel. Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859) was appointed chief engineer of the Great Western Railway (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.