Trying to push Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge a little earlier into my week to make room for the PPAC challenge that started last week. I decided to pick a single subject and work around it for my entry…

I have chosen to show images of Paddington Station – two ‘I’s in there…

Paddington is the London Terminus of the Great Western Railway – sometimes jokingly referred to as the Great Way Round or God’s Wonderful Railway. Although the GWR as was became part of British Railways in 1948, rail privatisation in the 1990’s saw the GWR name resurrected for this franchise. Here’s a shot of some trains and some empty platforms at Paddington…

Paddington has often appeared in movies and stories – The Hound of the Baskervilles comes to mind as an older example, but more recently in films depicting the adventures of Paddington Bear. Like most kids in the UK I remember the tales of Paddington Bear by Michael Bond very well. Paddington is well represented on the station with a statue…

…and with a plaque and a special seat…

…But very close by is a memorial to the employees of the Great Western Railway who lost their lives in the 1st World War. A single Soldier serves to remind us of the tragic loss…

…Finally, there is a reminder of the Victorian era and the man who built the Great Western Railway. Seated comfortably on a chair we find Isambard Kingdom Brunel…

…and behind we see one of the current Hitachi built class 800 units that provide services to Bristol and beyond.

Today, 9th January 2013, the London Underground celebrated 150 years since services started between Paddington and Farringdon in 1863. Here is a selection of images in recognition of this milestone…

See the Transport for London website for details of events to celebrate the anniversary.