Now and then – GWR style

I have just discovered where the old signal box was positioned at Bath Spa railway station.

It’s thanks to a brand new animated image sequence which captures the evolution of some of the major stops along Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Great Western Railway.

Great Western Railway (GWR) is illustrating the history of their network and celebrating the rich heritage of Britain’s railways with a brand new collection of animated images, which includes Bath and Paddington.

Spot the signal box at Bath Spa!

By delving into the historical railway image archives and commissioning a photographer to capture the stations in their present-day glory, GWR has successfully showcased the gradual development of Britain’s railways over the past 70 years and presented them in a series of innovative visuals.

Key destinations that are featured alongside Bath include Oxford, Reading, London Paddington and Newton Abbot.


Just in case you didn’t know It was in 1835 that a collaboration between a group of businessmen and a man who would be one of Britain’s historically brilliant engineers, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, started the story of the Great Western Railway.

brunel victoria gallery

From the early days of Brunel’s engineering excellence to the introduction of electrification across the network, GWR’s network is known for its iconic railway stations and ever-changing modernisation – most recently the brand new fleet of trains replacing 1970s models.


Check out the animated history via