Last week, archaeologists working on a Paddington Crossrail site revealed the presence of Victorian rail infrastructure, buried for over a century. Many of the remains were built during the railway's earliest days, under the superintendence of one Isambard Kingdom Brunel. We were lucky enough to get a site tour just days after a new section of the site had been uncovered.
The ongoing works, close to Westbourne Park station, have found remains of a 200m-long train inspection shed from Brunel's time, plus further infrastructure from a later period. The archaeology team also uncovered evidence from the so-called 'Gauge Wars', a mid-19th century battle to establish the standard track width on the railways. Track beds both for Brunel's 7-foot wide gauge and the latterly adopted narrow gauge can be seen side-by-side.
The site will be open to the public for archaeologist-led tours on Sunday 5 October. Entry is free, though strictly ticketed on a first-come, first-served basis via Crossrail's eventbright.