Paddingtons plan was to create a Broad Gauge line all the way to Birmingham and perhaps Liverpool but wide bodied expresses were never to run that far, as the Great Western offered only 60.00 for each Bristol and Birmingham share instead of the 65.00 that the amalgamated company asked for.
Instead a chance meeting on a London bound train between two of the directors of the Birmingham company and John Ellis, Deputy Chairman of the new Derby based Midland Railway, was to change history.
Where it does not absolutely prohibit the traffic the transhipment involves loss, pilferage, detention, besides a money tax of 1/6 to 2/6 per ton, as we have learned from the statements of Messrs Pickford and Horne the greatest carriers in the World.
This followed the approximate line of what is currently Trier Way and consolidated the influence of the Midland Railway on the Eastern side of Gloucester Docks.
On 14 January 1845 the Chairmen of both the Bristol & Gloucester and Birmingham & Gloucester Railways agreed to merge their respective companies in an effort to minimise confusion.
Then, on January 24, the Great Western offered to buy them both.
For this event a scarlet cloth was spread across the station platform with a richer carpet laid down for the Royal party itself as it moved from the carriages of the coal cart gauge to those of the Great Western.
The columns supporting the platform canopy were also decked with flowers and laurels, although the crowd did get somewahat over excited.