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Background imageLondon Collection: Taxi Rank at Paddington Station, 1934

Taxi Rank at Paddington Station, 1934
This images shows the busy taxi rank at Paddington Station in 1934. Over 20 taxis are waiting along this stretch. By the 1930s most taxis were motor vehicles

Background imageLondon Collection: Quick Lunch and Snack Bar at Paddington Station, 1936

Quick Lunch and Snack Bar at Paddington Station, 1936
An interior view of Paddington station showing a busy snack bar, which probably opened soon after the modernisation of the station in the 1930s

Background imageLondon Collection: GWR Refreshment Department Platform Trolley, May 1937

GWR Refreshment Department Platform Trolley, May 1937
A GWR Refreshment Department platform trolley at Paddington station in London, May 1937. A woman is viewing the refreshments available from the trolley

Background imageLondon Collection: Class 52 Western Diesel Locomotive at Paddington Station

Class 52 Western Diesel Locomotive at Paddington Station
A view of a Class 52 Western Diesel Locomotive at Paddington Station, c.1960s, showing passengers on platform. The Westerns were built in the early 1960s at Swindon and Crewe

Background imageLondon Collection: Platform 1 at Paddington Station, 1929

Platform 1 at Paddington Station, 1929
A view of Platform 1 at Paddington Station, London, August 1929. This image shows crowds gathered on the platform with the glass roof above, and station clock and various advertisements on the left

Background imageLondon Collection: GWR Publicity Poster, London, 1946

GWR Publicity Poster, London, 1946
The poster was produced by the GWR just after the Second World War. It was designed by Frank Henry Mason. The huge dome of St Pauls Cathedral dominates the skyline

Background imageLondon Collection: The last broad gauge train leaving Paddington Station, 20th May 1892

The last broad gauge train leaving Paddington Station, 20th May 1892
A posed image of the last broad gauge train leaving Paddington station on 20th May 1892. The service is the 5pm to Plymouth, and the locomotive is Bulkeley (named after Captain Bulkeley)

Background imageLondon Collection: Paddington Station, 1913

Paddington Station, 1913
Passengers board Windsor Royal Garden Party trains on Platforms 4 and 5 at Paddington Station in 1913. The County of Wilts locomotive can be see to the left of the image

Background imageLondon Collection: Collecting Milk Churns at Paddington Station, c. 1920s

Collecting Milk Churns at Paddington Station, c. 1920s
A view of railway workers collecting milk churns at Paddington Station, London, c.1920s. The goods workers are loading the milk from a dairy motor vehicle onto wooden goods wagons

Background imageLondon Collection: Royal Waiting Room, Paddington Station, c. 1890

Royal Waiting Room, Paddington Station, c. 1890
Situated on Platform 1 the Royal Waiting Room was used regularly by Royalty travelling from London to Windsor. As one can see from this image taken around 1890

Background imageLondon Collection: The Great Western Royal Hotel, Paddington, 1902

The Great Western Royal Hotel, Paddington, 1902
A view of The Great Western Royal Hotel at Paddington station in London, c.1902, seen here elaborately decorated for the coronation of King Edward VII

Background imageLondon Collection: Empty milk churns on Paddington Station, c. 1914

Empty milk churns on Paddington Station, c. 1914
Porters sort and move empty milk churns on Platform 1 of Paddington Station in London, c.1914. The overall roof of Paddingtons train shed can be seen in the background

Background imageLondon Collection: Platform 3 at Paddington Station, 1926

Platform 3 at Paddington Station, 1926
This image shows holiday crowds boarding The Torbay Limited on Platform 3 of Paddington Station in 1926. The platform is full of frenzied passengers with luggage and station staff busy at work

Background imageLondon Collection: Paddington Telephone Exchange, London, 1906

Paddington Telephone Exchange, London, 1906
An image of a female operator connecting callers to the railway system at Paddingtons Telephone Exchange, London, 1906

Background imageLondon Collection: Platform 1 at Paddington Station, 1929

Platform 1 at Paddington Station, 1929
A general view of Platform 1 at Paddington Station, London in 1929, showing hoards of passengers, signage and porters

Background imageLondon Collection: Evacuees at Paddington Station in 1939

Evacuees at Paddington Station in 1939
This moving image of evacuees making their way along platform 4 at Paddington Station was also taken during the 4 day evacuation of London and other major cities in September 1939

Background imageLondon Collection: Westbourne Park Station, London, c. 1920

Westbourne Park Station, London, c. 1920
A view of the facade of Westbourne Park station in London, c.1920. This station was built in 1871 and replaced an original timber structure

Background imageLondon Collection: GWR Coat of Arms

GWR Coat of Arms
The Great Western Railway Coat of Arms, also known as the Garter Crest. A garter can be seen surrounding the original coat of arms which contained the city shields for London (left)

Background imageLondon Collection: Ticket barrier at Paddington Station, London, c. 1940

Ticket barrier at Paddington Station, London, c. 1940
An image showing passenger tickets being checked at Paddington Station, London, c.1940. A ticket inspector is checking the ticket of a city gentleman wearing a bowler hat

Background imageLondon Collection: The last shunting horse at Paddington, 1925

The last shunting horse at Paddington, 1925
An image of the last shunting horse at Paddington station, London, taken in 1925. This dray horse is preparing to pull open GWR goods wagon no.86459 in the yard

Background imageLondon Collection: Paddington Station No. 2 Booking Hall, 1936

Paddington Station No. 2 Booking Hall, 1936
This image was taken in 1936 after extensive modernisation was made to Paddington Station. This image shows holiday posters advertising Wolverhampton

Background imageLondon Collection: Track Renewal at Paddington Station, 1967

Track Renewal at Paddington Station, 1967
A view of a gang working on a track renewal scheme at London Paddington station, taken on 15th October 1967 at Platform Road No.3

Background imageLondon Collection: Paddington Station, London, c. 1910

Paddington Station, London, c. 1910
An overall view of Paddington Station, showing Platforms 1 and 2 and the wrought ironwork of the roof spans

Background imageLondon Collection: Bishops Road (Bishops Mews), Paddington, 1929

Bishops Road (Bishops Mews), Paddington, 1929
The Great Western Railway acquired this property, containing garages, prior to development in 1930. The street was eventually demolished to make way for the new parcels depot development

Background imageLondon Collection: Refreshment Rooms, Paddington Station, c. 1923

Refreshment Rooms, Paddington Station, c. 1923
This glamourous shot was taken around 1923 and shows the interior of the Refreshment Rooms, situated on Platform 1 at Paddington station in London

Background imageLondon Collection: Platforms 4 and 5 at Paddington Station, c. 1910

Platforms 4 and 5 at Paddington Station, c. 1910
A view of Platforms 4 and 5 at Paddington station, London, c.1910, showing hoards of passengers gather to board a train on Platform 4 under the glass train shed roof

Background imageLondon Collection: Horse Drawn Delivery Wagon at Paddington Mint Stables, c. 1910

Horse Drawn Delivery Wagon at Paddington Mint Stables, c. 1910
An image of a horse drawn delivery wagon at Paddington Mint Stables, c.1910. A team of four dray horses are preparing to pull the GWR cart and deliver a range of goods carried in barrels and bundles

Background imageLondon Collection: Departure side at Paddington Station, c. 1920

Departure side at Paddington Station, c. 1920
Motor cars enter the departure side of Paddington Station, just adjacent to Eastbourne Terrace, London. This image was taken in about 1920 and shows the streets filled with motor vehicles

Background imageLondon Collection: Newspaper Train on Platform 4 at Paddington Station, 1937

Newspaper Train on Platform 4 at Paddington Station, 1937
An image showing Paddington station staff on Platform 4 receiving the daily newspapers from the 12.50am Newspaper Train, 1937

Background imageLondon Collection: Rebuilding work at Paddington Station, 1916

Rebuilding work at Paddington Station, 1916
Work began in 1913 to construct a new roof span for the Station. This image was taken in 1916 when the work was quite far progressed

Background imageLondon Collection: Evacuees waiting to leave Paddington Station, 1939

Evacuees waiting to leave Paddington Station, 1939
This image shows eight young boys and girls about to leave London as evacuees to the countryside. Although the images shows them laughing it must have been a daunting experience for them

Background imageLondon Collection: Tower Bridge, London, June 1929

Tower Bridge, London, June 1929
A view across the Thames to Tower Bridge. In the 1920s the Thames was a hive of activity. Here the river is busy with barges and steaming tug boats. I

Background imageLondon Collection: Russell Street, Covent Garden, London c. 1930

Russell Street, Covent Garden, London c. 1930
A rather busy scene here looking up Russell Street. A mass of people, carts and trucks are preparing goods and produce for the large market at Covent Garden, just behind the cameraman

Background imageLondon Collection: Palace of Westminster, London, c. 1930

Palace of Westminster, London, c. 1930
A view across the Thames to the Palace of Westminster, home to the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. Several barges can be seen in the foreground going about their daily work

Background imageLondon Collection: GWR Offices and Gamages Department Store, London, c. 1900

GWR Offices and Gamages Department Store, London, c. 1900
The GWR had offices based in Holborn. It was next door to the large Gamages department store, a popular shop than ran from 1878 to 1972. The Old Bell Restaurant can be seen to the right

Background imageLondon Collection: Scammel being loaded with Anderson Air Raid Shelter, West London, 1939

Scammel being loaded with Anderson Air Raid Shelter, West London, 1939
Westbourne Park Yard in April 1939 is the focus of this interesting pre-war image. Parts of Anderson shelters are being unloaded from a line of wagons onto a 3 ton Scammell tractor by a Ransome

Background imageLondon Collection: Paddington Station, Platform 1 Reconstruction, 1967

Paddington Station, Platform 1 Reconstruction, 1967
A view of platform 1 at London Paddington station, taken on 22nd October 1967 during the demolition of the old wooden platforms and their reconstruction

Background imageLondon Collection: King George VI Funeral - Paddington Station, 15th February 1952

King George VI Funeral - Paddington Station, 15th February 1952
This sombre image was taken on 15th February 1952 and shows Paddington station exit prepared for the funeral procession of King George VI

Background imageLondon Collection: Return of Prince of Wales from India - Paddington Station, 21st June 1922

Return of Prince of Wales from India - Paddington Station, 21st June 1922
This photograph was taken on 21st June 1922 at Paddington Station, and shows a grand reception for Edward, Prince of Wales upon his return to Britain after his four month long tour of India

Background imageLondon Collection: Victoria Tower, London, June 1929

Victoria Tower, London, June 1929
A GWR Publicity view of the Victoria Tower at the Palace of Westminster, London, in June 1929. The Victoria Tower was designed as the royal entrance to the Palace of Westminster

Background imageLondon Collection: Unveiling of the World War 2 memorial at Paddington Station, 1949

Unveiling of the World War 2 memorial at Paddington Station, 1949
On the 11th November 1949 the war memorial at Paddington which was erected following the First World War, was again the focus of a moving ceremony when a new plaque was unveiled by former GWR General

Background imageLondon Collection: Bomb damage to the GWRs salvage warehouse in London, 1940

Bomb damage to the GWRs salvage warehouse in London, 1940
In a cruel twist of fate, this image from the 15th November 1940 shows bomb damage to the GWRs salvage warehouse at Park Royal in north-west London

Background imageLondon Collection: GWRs Home Guard battalions on parade at Castle Bar Park in London, c. 1940

GWRs Home Guard battalions on parade at Castle Bar Park in London, c. 1940
The Home Guard was originally known as the Local Defence Volunteers (LDV). The LDV was formed in May 1940, but in August 1940 the LDV changed its name to the Home Guard

Background imageLondon Collection: The Tower of London and Tower Wharf, June 1929

The Tower of London and Tower Wharf, June 1929
A view north over the Thames to the Tower of London and Tower Wharf. The Thames was a busy river, as seen by the number of barges in the foreground

Background imageLondon Collection: Trafalgar Square, London, c. 1930

Trafalgar Square, London, c. 1930
A rather quiet looking Trafalgar Square looking towards the National Gallery. Nelsons Column looks over the square and its fountains

Background imageLondon Collection: Plan of Passenger Lift at Paddington Station

Plan of Passenger Lift at Paddington Station
Colour plan of a passenger lift at Paddington Station with notes indicating the use of mahogany in the construction

Background imageLondon Collection: Paddington Station Approach, 1992

Paddington Station Approach, 1992
This photograph shows the approach to London Paddington station during track remodelling in 1992. The A40 Westway Overpass runs on the right of the image, with Westbourne Bridge on the left



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