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Paddington Station a061937

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Filename: aa061937.jpg

Size: 4362 x 4362 (6.8MB)

Date: 18th April 2008

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: English Heritage Images

Job Title: Photographer

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Paddington Station a061937

PADDINGTON STATION, London. Elevated view showing passengers awaiting the arrival of a train on Platform 2 at Paddington railway station. John Gay. Date range: 1960-1972

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Media ID 933369

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Arch People Railway Roof Train


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> Historic Images > 1960 to the present day

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

> Transport > Railways > Railway stations


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This evocative photograph, taken by John Gay between 1960 and 1972, captures the hustle and bustle of Paddington Station in London. The image is dominated by the grand architecture of the station's roof and the imposing train arch, which frames the scene and adds a sense of depth and perspective. The station's name can be seen etched on the arch, a subtle reminder of its historical significance. The platform below is filled with passengers, each lost in their own thoughts as they await the arrival of their train. The varied expressions on their faces convey a range of emotions, from anticipation and excitement to anxiety and frustration. The use of natural light and shadow adds texture and depth to the image, highlighting the intricate details of the station's design and the individual features of the people. The railway tracks stretch out into the distance, disappearing into the haze of the horizon. The sense of movement and anticipation is palpable, as the passengers prepare to embark on their journeys, leaving behind the familiar surroundings of Paddington Station. The photograph captures a moment in time, a snapshot of a bygone era when travel by train was an adventure, an experience to be savored and remembered. John Gay's photograph is a testament to the enduring charm of Paddington Station and the magic of train travel. It invites us to reflect on the past and appreciate the beauty and history of our built environment. Whether you're a local or a visitor, this photograph is a must-see for anyone with a love of London, history, or the simple pleasure of watching the world go by.

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