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Brunel’s workshop unearthed at Crossrail site

National Rail Brunel archaeology finds

Buildings believed to be Brunel’s engineering workshop have been discovered at Paddington, whilst new tracks for Crossrail were built.

The ground excavation at Paddington New Yard has revealed the remains of a very rare early turntable, which was steam-powered and built to accommodate Brunel’s wide-gauge tracks, and several buildings thought to be Brunel’s workshops.

National Rail Brunel archaeology finds

National Rail Brunel archaeology finds

Source: RSK Environment Ltd

Crossrail programme archaeologist at Network Rail Tom Wilson said: “As Brunel finds had already been made at Paddington New Yard, a lot of work went into preparation ahead of the trackwork that needed to be carried out in the area. When the discoveries were made, we were ready to work quickly and efficiently in the 72 hours we had on site to record and preserve these historic finds before completing the upgrades to the railway.”

The findings were photographed and surveyed before being preserved under the new rail lines.

Brunel was chief engineer for the Great Western Railway.

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