Brunel's GWR company staged a revolt
History comes to life: The battle of the gauges
Relive the events of May 21st, 1892 when tensions reach boiling point as a rail revolution sparks conflict with the world's most famous engineer. Our audio drama recreates clashes and confusion at Gloucester railway station.
The date: May 21st 1892
The place: Gloucester Railway Station
The mid 19th century was an exciting time for rail companies. It was the age of expansion and competition. Rivalry was at its height.
Pic: Gloucester Illustrated by Alan Ball
This audio drama highlights the problems and the deliberate chaos caused on the station when the Parliamentary Commission set up to decide on which gauge to adopt visited Gloucester.
The artist's impression here originally appeared in the Illustrated London News and graphically demonstrates the shenanigans on the railway platform at Gloucester on that day in May 1892. It features in Gloucester Illustrated by Alan Ball (reproduced by permission of the book's publishers Halcroft).
The episode concludes with reference to an amazing logistical feat when, having lost the battle, the GWR decided to change their existing track to standard gauge - all in just one weekend!
Dramatist Alan Morgan is joined by local rail expert Alan Drewett and the Phoenix Players of Gloucester.
last updated: 08/04/2008 at 14:01