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Platform Collection

"Journey through Time: Exploring the Many Faces of Platforms" Step back in time to May 1937

Background imagePlatform Collection: The Railway Station Interior (South Platform), Rugby, Englan

The Railway Station Interior (South Platform), Rugby, Englan
The Railway Station Interior (South Platform), Rugby, Warwickshire, England. London & North Western Railway. Date: 1915

Background imagePlatform Collection: Picture No. 11981471

Picture No. 11981471
Hartland Quay - Devon - UK Date:

Background imagePlatform Collection: GWR Refreshment Department Platform Trolley, May 1937

GWR Refreshment Department Platform Trolley, May 1937
A GWR Refreshment Department platform trolley at Paddington station in London, May 1937. A woman is viewing the refreshments available from the trolley

Background imagePlatform Collection: Jascha Heifetz / Punch 20

Jascha Heifetz / Punch 20
JASCHA HEIFETZ American violinist

Background imagePlatform Collection: Birmingham Snow Hill Station, c. 1940s

Birmingham Snow Hill Station, c. 1940s
A view of Birmingham Snow Hill station, c.1940s, showing platform No.8 and a few passengers strolling along

Background imagePlatform Collection: Nailsea and Backwell Station, Somerset, c. 1900

Nailsea and Backwell Station, Somerset, c. 1900
A view of Nailsea and Backwell Station in Somerset, c.1900, showing one of the signal boxes and a locomotive pulling into the station

Background imagePlatform Collection: ATLAS detector, CERN

ATLAS detector, CERN
ATLAS detector. Engineer standing on a platform in front of the ATLAS (a torodial LHC apparatus) detector (circular) at CERN (the European particle physics laboratory) near Geneva, Switzerland

Background imagePlatform Collection: Platform 1 at Paddington Station, 1929

Platform 1 at Paddington Station, 1929
A view of Platform 1 at Paddington Station, London, August 1929. This image shows crowds gathered on the platform with the glass roof above, and station clock and various advertisements on the left

Background imagePlatform Collection: Platform 1 at Paddington Station, 1904

Platform 1 at Paddington Station, 1904
This view of passengers boarding a train on Platform 1 was taken on the August Bank Holiday 1904. Teeming with people, passengers

Background imagePlatform Collection: The Tube Station, c. 1932 (linocut printed in colours on tissue Japan)

The Tube Station, c. 1932 (linocut printed in colours on tissue Japan)
659543 The Tube Station, c.1932 (linocut printed in colours on tissue Japan) by Power, Cyril Edward (1874-1951); 25.5x29 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: The Tube Station)

Background imagePlatform Collection: Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway train arriving at the Dungeness railway station

Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway train arriving at the Dungeness railway station, Kent, England

Background imagePlatform Collection: Jean-Paul Sartre, French writer and philosopher

Jean-Paul Sartre, French writer and philosopher
A graffiti comment on Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), the French writer and philosopher -- no doubt a witty reference to his existentialist philosophy

Background imagePlatform Collection: Ferryside Railway Station, Carmarthenshire, South Wales

Ferryside Railway Station, Carmarthenshire, South Wales
View of Ferryside Railway Station on the Great Western Railway, Carmarthenshire, South Wales. Probably taken from the footbridge across the tracks

Background imagePlatform Collection: Adlestrop Railway Station, Gloucestershire

Adlestrop Railway Station, Gloucestershire
The railway station at Adlestrop, Gloucestershire. Station staff stand on the platform while the Paddington-Worcester Express steams towards the station

Background imagePlatform Collection: Oil rigs, artwork

Oil rigs, artwork
Oil rigs, computer artwork

Background imagePlatform Collection: Catford Evacuees

Catford Evacuees
A group of excited evacuee schoolchildren wait with their nurses on the platform of Catford train station in south east London. (Note the barrage balloon behind them)

Background imagePlatform Collection: A production still from The Railway Children (1970)

A production still from The Railway Children (1970)
The main characters in Lionel Jeffries The Railway Children (1970) on the platform of Oakworth station in Yorkshire

Background imagePlatform Collection: English poster for Hampstead Railway Non-Stop Services, 1910

English poster for Hampstead Railway Non-Stop Services, 1910
LONDON: UNDERGROUND, 1910. English poster for Hampstead Railway Non-Stop Services, 1910

Background imagePlatform Collection: Railway Sleeper - Melton Mowbray Station

Railway Sleeper - Melton Mowbray Station
The Railway Sleeper series - A snoozing Hunstman taking a nap with his foxhound at Melton Mowbray Station! Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imagePlatform Collection: Catching the 5: 15 at Liverpool Street by Grace Golden

Catching the 5: 15 at Liverpool Street by Grace Golden
Scene inside Liverpool Street Station in the City of London showing commuters and travelling swarming around the station concourse and platforms as they rush to catch trains to NE London suburbs

Background imagePlatform Collection: LONDON: UNDERGROUND, 1944. The more we are together, the more uncomfortable we ll

LONDON: UNDERGROUND, 1944. The more we are together, the more uncomfortable we ll be - please pass along the platform. Poster by Fougasse promoting proper etiquette on the London Underground, 1944

Background imagePlatform Collection: Sunrise with a Buddha Statue with the Hand Position of Dharmachakra Mudra in Borobudur, Magelang

Sunrise with a Buddha Statue with the Hand Position of Dharmachakra Mudra in Borobudur, Magelang, Central Java
Borobudur, or Barabudur, is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist Temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. This temple is the worlds largest Buddhist temple

Background imagePlatform Collection: Crewe Station started service on 4 July 1837 with the opening of the Grand Junction Railway

Crewe Station started service on 4 July 1837 with the opening of the Grand Junction Railway. The purpose of this railway was to link the four largest cities of England by joining the existing

Background imagePlatform Collection: The last Flying Scotsman run to Edinburgh

The last Flying Scotsman run to Edinburgh. The Flying Scotsman steam locomotive sets off from Kings Cross Station, London to attempt a non-stop run to Edinburgh

Background imagePlatform Collection: Liverpool Street station, Great Eastern Railway. 1 June 1920

Liverpool Street station, Great Eastern Railway. 1 June 1920. Platform number 1

Background imagePlatform Collection: Advertisement for Morses distemper with a decorator lying flat while painting the walls

Advertisement for Morses distemper with a decorator lying flat while painting the walls. Date: c.1924

Background imagePlatform Collection: Railway station at Malvern, Worcestershire

Railway station at Malvern, Worcestershire (on the Worcester and Hereford Railway route). Now known as Great Malvern railway station, it opened in 1860. Date: circa 1860s

Background imagePlatform Collection: Kensington Underground Station, West London

Kensington Underground Station, West London
View inside Kensington (now High Street Kensington) Station on the London Underground. Date: 1868

Background imagePlatform Collection: The Copper Horse - Windsor Great Park, Windsor, Berkshire

The Copper Horse - Windsor Great Park, Windsor, Berkshire
The Copper Horse by Sir Richard Westmacott (1775-1856) - marking the end of the Long Walk at Snow Hill in Windsor Great Park, Berkshire Date: circa 1910s

Background imagePlatform Collection: The Duke and Duchess of York - Glamis Railway Station

The Duke and Duchess of York - Glamis Railway Station
The Duke and Duchess of York (before they became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth) taking a walk along the platform; with their Labrador ‘Glen

Background imagePlatform Collection: Rosa Luxemburg (1871 - 1919)

Rosa Luxemburg (1871 - 1919) Polish - born German revolutionary and political agitator, addressing a meeting after the Second International Social Democrativ Congress, Stuttgart, 1907

Background imagePlatform Collection: Gara Bridge Station, Devon

Gara Bridge Station, Devon
A member of station staff stands on the down platform at Gara Bridge Station looking south towards Kingsbridge. The level crossing gates behind him are closed to rail traffic

Background imagePlatform Collection: Steer Point Station, Devon, c. 1898

Steer Point Station, Devon, c. 1898
A view of Steer Point station on the Plymouth to Yealmpton Line, at Brixton, east of Plymouth in Devon, c.1898. The station opened in January 1898 and closed in 1930

Background imagePlatform Collection: Eurostar service at Waterloo Station, by Chris Hogg, 1999. This extension to Waterloo

Eurostar service at Waterloo Station, by Chris Hogg, 1999. This extension to Waterloo is the London terminus for the Eurostar service to Brussels Midi station, Belgium and Paris Gare du Nord station

Background imagePlatform Collection: Clynderwen Railway Station, Pembrokeshire, South Wales

Clynderwen Railway Station, Pembrokeshire, South Wales
View of Clynderwen (or Clunderwen) Railway Station in Pembrokeshire, South Wales, on the Great Western Railway. Seven men and a boy stand in a line on the platform

Background imagePlatform Collection: Newark Station - 1907

Newark Station - 1907
Newark-on-Trent Station Nottinghamshire

Background imagePlatform Collection: Young Trainspotters

Young Trainspotters
Boy trainspotters at Newton Abbot, Devon, England. In the platform is the Royal Duchy, with British Rail diesel engine Dragon at the head

Background imagePlatform Collection: Shinkansen bullet train

Shinkansen bullet train, Tokyo, Japan, Asia

Background imagePlatform Collection: Statue of the Buddha, the largest in Asia, Po Lin Monastery, Lantau Island

Statue of the Buddha, the largest in Asia, Po Lin Monastery, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, China, Asia

Background imagePlatform Collection: Kemble Station, Gloucestershire, c. 1940s

Kemble Station, Gloucestershire, c. 1940s
A view of the Junction of Cirencester Branch towards Swindon at Kemble station in Gloucestershire, c.1940s. It opened in 1872, and closed to goods 1967

Background imagePlatform Collection: Platform 6 and 7 at Paddington Station, 1979

Platform 6 and 7 at Paddington Station, 1979
A view of passengers alighting British Rail Inter-City 125s at Platforms 6 and 7 at Paddington Station in London in 1979. The overall roof of the train shed is visible

Background imagePlatform Collection: Platform 1 at Paddington Station, c. 1910

Platform 1 at Paddington Station, c. 1910
A classic Edwardian view of Platform 1 at Paddington Station, London. The crowds of passengers at the station wearing straw boaters and the abundance of luggage suggest it is the summer holiday season

Background imagePlatform Collection: A couple walk arm in arm on a railway platform, beside the luxury locomotive the Golden Arrow

A couple walk arm in arm on a railway platform, beside the luxury locomotive the Golden Arrow, which linked London to Dover, where passengers caught the ferry to Calais, France. Date: 1947

Background imagePlatform Collection: Railway crossing at Newcastle-on-Tyne

Railway crossing at Newcastle-on-Tyne
View of the railway crossing at Newcastle-on-Tyne -- claimed to be the largest crossing in the world. Date: circa early 20th century

Background imagePlatform Collection: Londons ever - improving transport system carries its works programme a step further

Londons ever - improving transport system carries its works programme a step further when the Minister of Transport opens the new Central Line extension from Leytonstone to Woodford

Background imagePlatform Collection: Broadway Station, c. 1904

Broadway Station, c. 1904
This photograph shows Broadway station in Worcestershire and was taken in c.1904 not long after the stations construction

Background imagePlatform Collection: Liverpool Street station, Great Eastern Railway. 9 June 1920

Liverpool Street station, Great Eastern Railway. 9 June 1920. View of the platforms and station clock

Background imagePlatform Collection: View west from South Road at Saffron Walden Station. Unloading bank on left run-round loop centre

View west from South Road at Saffron Walden Station. Unloading bank on left run-round loop centre and branch line on right. Beyond the station canopy is the signal box. Station Road on right



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"Journey through Time: Exploring the Many Faces of Platforms" Step back in time to May 1937, where the GWR Refreshment Department Platform Trolley served hungry travelers at railway stations. Picture No. 11981471 captures a bustling scene, showcasing the importance of this platform essential. In 1929, Platform 1 at Paddington Station stood as a gateway to adventure and new beginnings for countless passengers. Fast forward to 1904, and we witness its transformation over the years while still maintaining its charm. Renowned violinist Jascha Heifetz graced Punch magazine's cover in an iconic image from "Platform, " symbolizing his captivating performances that transported audiences to another world, and are not limited to train stations alone; Nailsea and Backwell Station in Somerset (c. 1900) showcased how platforms connected communities and facilitated travel across regions. The Romney, Hythe, and Dymchurch Railway train arriving at Dungeness railway station highlights how platforms played a vital role in connecting remote areas with larger transportation networks. Cinematic magic unfolded on platforms too. A production still from "The Railway Children" (1970) reminds us of heartwarming stories set against the backdrop of bustling stations. Ferryside Railway Station in Carmarthenshire, South Wales welcomed travelers with open arms - a hub where journeys began or ended amidst stunning landscapes. Adlestrop Railway Station nestled within Gloucestershire evokes nostalgia for simpler times when trains chugged along picturesque countryside routes – immortalized by poet Edward Thomas' famous verse. Lastly, let's not forget London Underground - an intricate web of underground platforms that keeps millions moving daily beneath one of the world's busiest cities. From historic moments captured on film to literary inspirations found on these hallowed grounds, platforms have been witnesses to countless stories throughout history. Whether it be facilitating travel or serving as meeting points for loved ones reuniting, platforms remain an enduring symbol of connection and adventure.