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

Author(s): Michael Baker

ISBN: 9781781557105
£11.89 £16.99

Paddington, one of the great railway stations, was designed and built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel who considered that nothing less than a grand terminus to the GWR would be acceptable.
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  • Historically rich in detail with previously unpublished photographs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 

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.
BOOK ISBN 9781781557105
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 128 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 20 December 2018
ILLUSTRATIONS 220 black-and-white and colour photographs



Michael H. C. Baker has been travelling in and out of Paddington all his life. For 31 years, he edited Echo, the magazine of the Great Western Society, and today edits North Star, the magazine of STEAM, a museum set in the old GWR works at Swindon. He has had over fifty books released on all sorts of subjects, mostly transport, on people and places, hundreds of articles for the National Trust and Times Educational Supplement, and many other publications.