Antique print dated 1896. The page is over 120 years old and in good condition.
In order to enhance and protect the page we have set it within a gold frame and mount.
Frame size 400mm x 370mm. Available also in a brown with gold pencil-line frame, your choice. RL.140.
Entitled – Paddington Station.
Below the picture an inscription reads:
Paddington Station. – Praed Street, Paddington, connects the Edgware Road with the Great Western Railway Terminus and Hotel. The latter is a magnificent building, and was one of the first constructed on the “monster” principle in connection with the railway terminus, with which it has communication by a covered passage. The edifice in itself comprises five separate floors, containing in all upwards of 150 rooms, the chief of which are large and lofty, and beautifully ornamented. The designs generally, in the Louis Quatorze style, were executed by Mr. Philip Hardwick, R.A. The Great Western Railway line, which communicates with the west and extreme south-west of England, is situated close to, and below the level of, the terminal wharf of the Paddington branch of the Grand Junction Canal. The Act of Incorporation under which the line was formed was passed in the year 1835; and it was intended to connect the seaport of Bristol, and the great towns of the south-west, with London. The original estimate for the construction of the railway was £2,500,000, or about £39,000 per mile. The line was constructed on the broad-gauge system, and the engineer was Brunel. By extension and amalgamation, this railway grew very rapidly, and is at the present time the largest in the country, the total length of its rails being about 2,500 miles. The Box Tunnel on this line is upwards of 3,000yds. in length. Paddington Station, which, with its numerous departure and arrival platforms, offices, engine-sheds, and workshops, covers many acres of ground, is built close up to the Hotel, and its chief feature, from an architectural point of view, is its enormous roof of glass and iron.
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