I ventured to Bristol a few weeks ago to see the old broad gauge railway terminus that had been constructed by Brunel between 1839 and 1841. It sits alongside the modern Temple Meads station at a slight angle and was the original main station for Bristol. Brunel had overseen the construction of the entire route between London and Bristol and this building was his "magnum opus", a beautifully ornate engine shed with it's sculptured interior and high, glass vaulted roof which was to become his trademark on all future builds.
Once inside the old terminus, you can scarcely hear the traffic thundering past, it is peaceful and relaxing and being the only person here, it allowed me plenty of time to explore all the nooks and crannies of this elegant building which was in it's time, only rivaled by the equally impressive terminus at the London end of the line.
If you have an interest in architecture, engineering and railways, then this is a must see when visiting Bristol. The entire site is now Grade One listed and is a fitting tribute to Brunel's genius.
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