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US 2-8-0 tender locomotive No. 1604 at Paddington Station, 1942 Featured Paddington Station Image

US 2-8-0 tender locomotive No. 1604 at Paddington Station, 1942

On December 11th 1942, for the very first time, an American built locomotive steamed into Paddington Station. Acute shortages of locomotives on the GW network due to locomotives being sent overseas caused operational problems that threatened to affect the service the Company could offer to both the government and the general public. This was alleviated in part by borrowing locomotives from other British Railway Companies and also reinstating previously withdrawn engines back into service. In 1942 however, a number of American locomotives were shipped over to Britain to assist the domestic transport network. In a ceremony held at Paddington Station on the 11th December 1942, United States 2-8-0 tender locomotive No. 1604, pictured here adorned with the British and American flags, was formally handed over to Lord Leathers, Minister of War Transport, by Colonel N.A. Ryan, Chief of Transportation for the American Army, who stated that he hoped the locomotive "will do as good work for you as British Engines have done already for us"

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American Flag flying from Paddington Station hotel on July 4th 1941 Featured Paddington Station Image

American Flag flying from Paddington Station hotel on July 4th 1941

This image shows the American Flag flying from the front of the hotel at Paddington Station on July 4th, American Independence Day, 1941. At this stage the US was not involved in the Second World War, but their support for the British side was evident with the Neutrality Patrols by US warships in the waters of the Western Hemisphere reporting the movements of German Ships to the British Navy, and the supply of money, munitions and food to support the British war effort. In return the GWR, by flying the Star Spangled Banner, was demonstrating its spirit of comradeship with the United States. By late 1942, almost a year after America had joined the war, a close alliance between the US and the GWR was confirmed by the receipt of a letter from Colonel N. Ryan, Chief of Transportation for the US army, who wrote to James Milne, GWR General Manager, to thank the company for all the support they had shown to the US army

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Mobile emergency canteen at Paddington Station, during WWII Featured Paddington Station Image

Mobile emergency canteen at Paddington Station, during WWII

Paddington station in 1943 and a shot of the mobile emergency canteen, which was used to feed station staff, APR wardens, firemen and other staff who were active during the night when the station canteen was closed. The canteen was usually manned by a driver and a female attendant and was designed as a mobile unit so that it could move from place to place, where it was most needed when air strikes affected station or depot facilities. This mobile trailer canteen was designed in the Road Transport Department Drawing Office at Slough and built at Swindon Works, and was designed with adaptable couplings so that it could be attached to any of the Company's articulated tractors. The canteen was fully equipped with water supply, cooking facilities, tea urn and storage space for emergency stocks of dried food

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