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Filename: aa072950.jpg

Size: 4249 x 4449 (7.3MB)

Date: 22nd November 2007

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: English Heritage Images

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Kings Cross Station a072950

KINGs CROSS STATION, London. The front of steam locomotive engine No. 60006 (The Herring Gull, renamed the Sir Ralph Wedgewood on 6th January, 1944) standing at a platform in Kings Cross Station. 1960-1965, John Gay

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Arch Ceiling Railway Roof Train Transport Victorian


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> Architecture > Victorian Architecture

> Historic Images > 1960 to the present day

> Historic Images > Famed Photographers > John Gay Collection (1945-1990)

> Historic Images > More Lost London

> Transport > Railways > Railway stations > Kings Cross Station

> Transport > Railways > Steam Locomotives

> Transport > Railways


EDITORS COMMENTS
This evocative photograph captures the majesty and grandeur of Kings Cross Station in London during the 1960s. At the heart of the scene is steam locomotive engine No. 60006, also known as "The Herring Gull," which stands proudly on the platform. Renamed the "Sir Ralph Wedgewood" on 6th January, 1944, this engine was a testament to the rich railway heritage of the time. The Victorian architecture of the station's roof and arches create a sense of history and tradition, while the intricate ceiling patterns add an elegant touch to the industrial setting. The steam engine, with its powerful presence, contrasts beautifully with the modern railway transport that surrounds it, offering a glimpse into the past. The photograph transports us back in time, allowing us to experience the romance and excitement of train travel during the mid-20th century. The hustle and bustle of activity at the station, the sound of the steam engine, and the anticipation of departure all come together in this image. This photograph, taken by John Gay for Historic England Archive, is a testament to the enduring charm of Kings Cross Station and the important role that steam locomotives played in the history of rail transport in the United Kingdom.

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