Honeymoon Express


Imagine it's the early 1960's. Imagine too, that you're standing on a street corner in Bristol. There are tram lines at your feet. The structure behind you predates the tram lines, though -  Brunel's first Bristol terminus. His line from London set the Great Western Railway apart from all others.
At this late date you can't enter by Brunel's handsome and ornate original front entrance, or even, perhaps, by the direct entrance from the modern booking hall. The long way round is anticlockwise, via the end of platform 9.


 
Facing Brunel's terminus
As you move on under the hammer-beam type roof, you end up in a cramped space held up by pillars. End of the line in a special sense - 19th Century Bristolians held that Brunel built the railway to bring Londoners to Bristol, not Bristolians to London!
The end of the line!
Bent noses for those in a hurry
. As you make your way down the platform, into the gloom you see ahead (left), the train shed - now a grade one listed building - becomes more and more of a time-warp. The feel of the place takes you back to the 19th Century. The roof is awesome. Brunel did that for a train station?
The original timber roof
 The 19th Century is with you inside, mid 20th Century Bristol just outside.The buildings opposite Temple Meads incline (from where we have just walked) still show signs of the damage which Hitler's bombs inflicted. That gap opposite had been a bomb site as far as I can remember. 
From the end of the Brunel train shed...
Back on platform 9, there's a group round a happy couple, just-married, and about to entrain to Bath...

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