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Friday, 16 August 2013

Windsor Railway Station

Although a small town Windsor has two railway stations as a result of competition between the Great Western and Southern railway companies to build a railway line there. South Western almost got there first but for a broken girder. Isambard Brunel, The Great Western Railway's engineer rode on the first train to Windsor in October 1849.






You enter the station through this Victorian shopping arcade.


 Full scale replica of the engine 'The Queen' which pulled the carriages of the Royal train. It was withdrawn from service in 1912.




There are many small shops and cafes within the arcade.

11 comments:

  1. Beautiful old railway station! The history of the railways would be very interesting, it was such a race to complete lines early on wasn't it. It's wonderful to see some of that history preserved.

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  2. I'm sure I have some photo's I took round the station when I went there years ago. Seeing your photos makes me want to return again. Looks like you got it at a quiet time

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  3. What a beautiful station! And I love the coat of arms on the train.

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  4. Wonderful old stations and the shopping arcade even looks fun (even tho I'm not really much of a shopper at all).... I never see anything like that in the parts of this country where I hang out (or any good train service either for that matter. Darn it!)

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  5. I would love to visit Windsor Castle, so I guess this is where I'd arrive at Windsor if I were coming from London.

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  6. This is a wonderful trip through the station. Thank you for taking me along, I really enjoyed being there! :-)

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  7. I've never been to Windsor station - it's lovely. I like the idea of entering it via a Victorian shopping arcade. All very civilized.

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  8. Looks quite different from when I was there in March and it was snowing!

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  9. What a wonderful station entrance. Melbourne's own Windsor Station doesn't have a great entrance, but it is one of our nicest stations.

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  10. Its strange how the commercial battles of a couple of centuries ago still have an impact on things like railways today - that may explain why they seem so hard to run.

    The gold is not at the end of the rainbow - but it is stood a little to one side of it.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  11. Sounds a great town! the railway station looking glorious, huge and famous in your photographs.
    such an interesting post...

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