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Victoria Street Station a061883

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Filename: aa061883.jpg

Size: 4346 x 4362 (6.9MB)

Date: 24th April 2008

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: English Heritage Images

Job Title: Photographer

© Historic England

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Victoria Street Station a061883

VICTORIA STREET STATION, London. A train passing beside a deserted outdoor section of platform at Victoria Station. John Gay. Date range: 1960-1972

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Media ID 943008

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Railway Train


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This print takes us back in time to the bustling Victoria Street Station in London. Captured by the talented photographer John Gay between 1960 and 1972, this image showcases a moment of solitude amidst the usual chaos of a busy railway station. In this particular scene, we witness a train passing beside an eerily deserted outdoor section of platform. The absence of people creates an intriguing sense of mystery, as if time has momentarily stood still. The architectural details of the station are beautifully highlighted, from the ornate ironwork to the grand Victorian facade that exudes timeless elegance. Gay's masterful composition draws our attention to both the stationary elements and those in motion. The blurred train streaking past symbolizes progress and movement against the backdrop of stillness. It is almost as if we can hear its rhythmic rumble reverberating through our imagination. This photograph not only captures a specific moment but also encapsulates an era when steam trains were still prevalent in daily life. It serves as a poignant reminder of how transportation has evolved over time while preserving fragments of history within its frame. As we gaze upon this remarkable piece, we are transported back to an era long gone yet forever preserved through John Gay's lens.

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