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216 days ago

Paddington Station, London

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London’s Paddington Station was designed by the chief engineer of the Great Western Railway, Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-59). His plans were drawn up at the end of 1850 and the building was completed in 1855.

These dates are significant, because they coincide with the creation of the Crystal Palace that was built to house the Great Exhibition of 1851. Joseph Paxton’s masterpiece of metal and glass no longer exists, but its influence was clearly evident in Brunel’s thinking. Not only that, but the engineers who built Paddington Station – Fox, Henderson and Co – were also the contractors for the Crystal Palace.

Paddington Station consists of three glass-roofed vaults, the widest of which spans more than 100 feet, with two “transepts”, or crossing points, that were originally designed so that locomotives could make “three point turns” before the invention of the turntable. Brunel needed plenty of space for this, given that the Great Western was based on the “broad gauge” system in which the tracks and trains were three feet wider than those currently used.

Practicality was combined with artistry, in which Brunel was aided by Matthew Digby Wyatt (1805-55) who designed the decorative detailing of the ironwork and brickwork.
Brunel’s visionary aim was to transport passengers in comfort all the way from London to New York, via the Great Western to Bristol then by his steamships across the Atlantic. Paddington Station would be where the journey would begin, so passengers could enter a palace of the steam age and enjoy opulence all the way.

The steamships no longer ply their trade from Bristol, but the Crystal Palace of Victorian engineering still stands as a monument to the dream. It is also perfectly possible to travel via Paddington to New York, by taking the “Heathrow Express” to Heathrow Airport!
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Violeta Very nice article
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luluarte good info :)
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soncee Great info nice artikle
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RalRey Excellent information on this civil engineering work
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fortune I love reading your posts, getting to know many interesting places
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indexer @fortune Thanks - that is appreciated.
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Justin Supeeer info
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