GWR postcards


GWR postcards series 4-6


Series 4

This series of 25 gravure cards appeared in September 1905 and cost 1/- (one shilling) for the complete set. These were the first to carry the company crest composed of the two shields of London and Bristol under which was a scroll with the words Great Western Railway. The crest was printed at the top left of the address side of the cards, and G.W. "Series 4." was printed above it.

Perivale Church. Great Western Railway, Perivale Halt
63 - Perivale Church.
Great Western Railway, Perivale Halt
Clievden Woods.<br>By G.W.R. to Maidenhead
64 - Clievden Woods.
By G.W.R. to Maidenhead
Christchurch, Oxford. Great Western Railway
65 - Reading from Caversham.
Great Western Railway
Christchurch, Oxford. Great Western Railway
66 - Christchurch, Oxford.
Great Western Railway
Stratford-on-Avon. Nearest Station, Great Western Railway, Stratford
67 - Stratford-on-Avon.
Nearest Station, Great Western Railway, Stratford
Worcester Cathedral.  By Great Western Railway
68 - Worcester Cathedral.
By Great Western Railway
Leamington. Great Western Railway
69 - Leamington.
Great Western Railway
Horse Shoe Falls, by Great Western Railway to Berwyn
70 - Horse Shoe Falls.
By Great Western Railway to Berwyn
Valle Crucis Abbey, by Great Western Railway to Berwyn
71 - Valle Crucis Abbey.
By Great Western Railway to Berwyn
Wells Cathedral, by Great Western Railway to Berwyn
72 - Wells Cathedral.
By Great Western Railway to Berwyn
Footbridge to Old Mill by G.W.R. to Cynwydd.
73 - Footbridge to Old Mill
By G.W.R. to Cynwydd.
The Lower Avon, Bath. Great Western Railway
74 - The Lower Avon, Bath.
Great Western Railway
Oystermouth Bay. By Great Western Railway to Swansea
75 - Oystermouth Bay.
Great Western Railway to Swansea
Bristol Cathedral and College Green. Great Western Railway
76 - Bristol Cathedral and College Green.
Great Western Railway
Minehead. Great Western Railway to Swansea
77 - Minehead (Somerset).
Great Western Railway
The Beach, Teignmouth. Great Western Railway
78 - The Beach, Teignmouth.
Great Western Railway
Dawlish. Great Western Railway
79 - Dawlish.
Great Western Railway
'The Cornish Riviera Express', near Dawlish. Great Western Railway
80 - "The Cornish Riviera Express", near Dawlish
Great Western Railway
Paignton. Great Western Railway
81 - Paignton.
Great Western Railway
Dartmouth and Kingswear Castles. Nearest Station GWR Kingswear
82 - Dartmouth and Kingswear Castles.
Nearest Station GWR Kingswear
Fowey (Cornish Riviera.) Great Western Railway
83 - Fowey (Cornish Riviera.)
Great Western Railway
Truro Cathedral and River Fal. Great Western Railway
84 - Truro. Cathedral and River Fal.
Great Western Railway
Newlyn Harbour. Nearest Station GWR Penzance
85 Newlyn Harbour.
Nearest Station GWR Penzance
Hugh Town, St. Marys, Scilly. By Great Western Railway to Penzance
86 - Hugh Town, St. Marys, Scilly.
By Great Western Railway to Penzance
Great Western Railway Express Engine. (County Class)
87 - Great Western Railway Express Engine. (County Class)

Series 4 postcard back
Series 4 postcard back

Series 5

This was the third and final series to be published in 1905. These were the first 'view' cards to be printed in colour and could be bought as a set of 25 for 1/-. With three exceptions, all cards carried the title on the front with the words 'Great Western Railway' below. Aberystwyth had the word 'via' added, whilst Glastonbury said instead By G.W.R. to Wells and similarly Lynmouth said By G.W.R. via Barnstaple. On the address side the cards bore the same 'two shields' device as that on Series 4 with G.W.R. Series 5. printed above.

The 'Cornishman' near Box, Great Western Railway
1 - The "Cornishman" near Box
Great Western Railway
The Beach, Aberystwyth, Great Western Railway
2 - The Beach, Aberystwyth
via Great Western Railway
On the Tryweryn, Bala, Great Western Railway
3 - On the Tryweryn, Bala
Great Western Railway
A Fishpond, Burnham Beeches, Great Western Railway
4 - A Fishpond, Burnham Beeches
Great Western Railway
On the Wye, Chepstow, Great Western Railway
5 - On the Wye, Chepstow
Great Western Railway
Suspension Bridge, Clifton, Great Western Railway
6 - Suspension Bridge, Clifton
Great Western Railway
Upper Falls, Dolgelley, Great Western Railway
7 - Upper Falls, Dolgelley
Great Western Railway
Torr Steps, Dulverton, Great Western Railway
8 - Torr Steps, Dulverton
Great Western Railway
Old Yarn Market, Conegar Tower, Dunster, Great Western Railway
9 - Old Yarn Market, Conegar Tower, Dunster
Great Western Railway
The Cathedral, Exeter, Great Western Railway
10 - The Cathedral, Exeter
Great Western Railway
Glastonbury Abbey. By GWR to Wells
11 - Glastonbury Abbey
by G.W.R. to Wells
The Harbour, Ilfracombe, Great Western Railway
12 - The Harbour, Ilfracombe
Great Western Railway
Lynmouth. By GWR via Barnstaple, Great Western Railway
13 - Lynmouth
By GWR via Barnstaple
St. Michael's Mount, Marazion, Great Western Railway
14 - St. Michael's Mount, Marazion
Great Western Railway
The River And Church, Marlow, Great Western Railway
15 - The River And Church, Marlow
Great Western Railway
College Barges on the Thames, Oxford, Great Western Railway
16 - College Barges on the Thames, Oxford
Great Western Railway
The Hoe Promenade, Plymouth, Great Western Railway
17 - The Hoe Promenade, Plymouth
Great Western Railway
Memorial Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon, Great Western Railway
18 - Memorial Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon
Great Western Railway
The Sands, Tenby, Great Western Railway
19 - The Sands, Tenby
Great Western Railway
The Abbey, Tintern, Great Western Railway
20 - The Abbey, Tintern
Great Western Railway
Cockington Forge, Torquay, Great Western Railway
21 - Cockington Forge, Torquay
Great Western Railway
Torquay from Rock Walk, Great Western Railway
22 - Torquay from Rock Walk
Great Western Railway
Weston-Super-Mare, Great Western Railway
23 - Weston-Super-Mare
Great Western Railway
The Esplenade, Weymouth, Great Western Railway
24 - The Esplenade, Weymouth
Great Western Railway
Windsor Castle, Great Western Railway
25 - Windsor Castle
Great Western Railway
GWR Series 6 postcard back
Series 5 postcard back

GWR Series 5 used postcard back
11 - Posted to Oxford, franked '9 Jan 1909'

Series 6

This series of 12 black and white photographic cards was published from July 1908 and was sold as a set for one shilling. With the sole exception of the first card, which shows a passenger express train at speed on the main line, it featured posed studies of a variety of railway locomotives of the GWR. The address side carried a new Company device which was formed from the joining of the two shields of London and Bristol with a scroll bearing the words 'Great Western Railway' beneath. SERIES 6 was printed below the scroll. The Great Western Railway Magazine from August 1908 carried a collage of all 12 cards in the series with the title Pictorial Postcards - G.W.R. EnginesGreat Western Railway Magazine
August 1908


Author's collection

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The locomotive illustrated on card no. 6 is one which has particular significance in the history of the Great Western Railway. Bulkeley was built at Swindon in 1880 and was named in honour of a long-standing Great Western Railway director, Captain Bulkeley of Windsor. On Friday 20th May 1892, Bulkeley hauled the last Great Western Railway broad gauge passenger train which was the 5 p.m. from Paddington to Plymouth.

An interesting local note is that three de Glenn 4-4-2 compound expansion engines nos. 102 La France (card 5), 103 President and 104 Alliance (card 10) were shedded at Oxford from 1913. They were purchased by the GWR from the Chemin de Fer du Nord for comparison trials circa 1903 and scrapped from Oxford in 1926, 1927 and 1928 respectively.

3:30. p.m. Express from Paddington. Engine No. 178 'Kirkland.'
1 - 3:30. p.m. from Paddington. Engine No. 178 "Kirkland."
'City' Class. 'City of Bath.'
"2 - City" Class. "City of Bath."
Atlantic Type. 'Scot' Class, 'Ivanhoe.'
3 - Atlantic Type. "Scot" Class, "Ivanhoe."
'Star' Class. 'Evening Star.'
4 - "Star" Class. "Evening Star."
Glehn Compound. 'La France.'
5 - Glehn Compound. "La France."
Old Broad Gauge 'Single' Wheel 'Bulkeley.'
6 - Old Broad Gauge "Single" Wheel "Bulkeley."
'Single' Wheel. 'Achilles.'
7 - "Single" Wheel. "Achilles."
Six Coupled Bogie Passenger Engine. 'Viscount Churchill.'
8 - Six Coupled Passenger Engine. "Viscount Churchill."
'County' Class. 'County of Radnor.'
9 - "County" Class. "County of Radnor."
Glehn Compound Engine No. 104
10 - Glehn Compound Engine No. 104
'Consolidation' Goods Engine. No. 2803
11 - "Consolidation" Goods Engine. No. 2803
Double-End Tank Engine No. 3120.
12 - Double-End Tank Engine No. 3120.
GWR Series 6 postcard back
Series 6 postcard back
GWR Series 6 misprinted postcard back
2 - Misprinted (and upside down) back
GWR Series 6 packet
Series 6 packet

As a footnote, the apparent misprinting on the back of one of the cards in our collection, as shown above, probably came about as a result of the way they were made. We understand that the cards were made up from three laminations glued together and then cut into the individual cards. The first was the picture, then a plain card stock, and finally the printed address side which in our example was misaligned.