SS Great Britain, 19 Jul 1843 Launched in Bristol in the steamship was the first iron-hulled trans-atlantic liner. Abandoned in the Falkland Islands, she was rescued in 1970 and returned to dry dock in Bristol, where she has been restored.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel and the Launching Chains of the "Great Eastern" 1857 - He was one of the most versatile and audacious engineers of the century, responsible for the design of tunnels, bridges, railway lines and ships.
Paddington station, circa The mainline station, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, was built with private funds and owned by the Great Western Railway. It included a hotel, the Great Western Royal (now the Hilton London Paddington).
Thames Tunnel, 25 Mar 1843 Built in the first tunnel under the Thames - or indeed under any river - was originally used by pedestrians but was converted to a rail link in 1869 and is currently being extensively refurbished.