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Empty milk churns on Paddington Station, c. 1914

Empty milk churns on Paddington Station, c. 1914


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Empty milk churns on Paddington Station, c. 1914

Porters sort and move empty milk churns on Platform 1 of Paddington Station in London, c.1914. The overall roof of Paddingtons train shed can be seen in the background

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1910s Goods London Milk Paddington Platform 1 Porter Staff Station Train Shed 1914 Churns Cream Milk Churn


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EDITORS COMMENTS
In this evocative photograph taken at Paddington Station in London around 1914, a group of porters are busy sorting and moving empty milk churns on Platform 1. The scene transports us back in time to the bustling activity of the early 20th century railway era. The porters, dressed in their distinctive uniforms, work diligently to ensure the smooth flow of goods traffic, with a particular focus on the handling of milk churns. The milk churns, empty but recently filled with fresh, unpasteurized milk, are a testament to the importance of the dairy industry during this period. The milk would have been transported from rural areas to the city for consumption, and the efficient movement of these churns was crucial to maintaining the cold chain and preserving the quality of the milk. The overall roof of Paddington Station's train shed can be seen in the background, providing shelter from the elements for the porters and the goods being handled. The train shed, a marvel of engineering at the time, was an essential component of the railway system, allowing for the efficient loading and unloading of goods and the turnaround of trains. This photograph offers a glimpse into the past, providing a window into the daily life of railway porters and the importance of the railway network in the transportation of goods, particularly milk, during the 1910s. The empty milk churns on Platform 1 at Paddington Station are a poignant reminder of the vital role played by railway workers in ensuring the fresh milk supply reached consumers in London and beyond.

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