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In and Out of Paddington: The Story of a Great Railway Station

Paddington is one of London’s, indeed the world’s, great railway stations.

Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, although others contributed, Paddington has served its intended purpose of providing a starting point and a culmination of countless journeys between the capital, the West Country, the Midlands, Merseyside, Wales and beyond to Ireland and America for over 180 years.

In this highly illustrated book, we look at the trains – steam, diesel and electric – that have served the station and people who passed through and worked there. We also consider its surroundings, which were once the fields belonging to Westbourne Manor House where its locomotive depot would be built. Further out was Old Oak Common, now deep in inner suburbia, GWR’s largest depot and remains the home of high-speed trains and is used as a depot for Cross Rail construction.

The approach to Paddington involved negotiating a fascinating complex of lines, serving both goods and passenger traffic, signal boxes and semaphore signals galore.

To this day, it is the only mainline London station served by surface Underground trains.
Historically rich in detail with previously unpublished photographs

Written by an expert on the subject with fifty books to his credit

Superbly written and researched, this is essential for the historian, train enthusiast and modeller


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