A printed cigarette card depicting part of the labour intensive weekend of final gauge conversion May 1892
- based on an official Great Western Railway view taken on the old route West of Saltash, Cornwall.
The last broad gauge trains ran on Friday 19th, and all GWR broad gauge locomotives and stock were cleared to Swindon.
Following advanced preparations - starting at daybreak - over the weekend of Sat 21st and Sun 22nd May 1892,
177 miles of track between Exeter and Truro (and branches) were narrowed.
This involved some 4,700 men, platelayers and gangers, and the work was completed on time,
and the Sunday Night Mail from Paddington ran right through to Penzance.
Men were issued with an 'oatmeal drink' - as no alcohol was allowed during the entire gauge changeover.