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Passengers Collection

Journeying through time and space, they have always been the lifeblood of transportation

Background imagePassengers Collection: Waterloo Station, London, 1967

Waterloo Station, London, 1967
Oil painting by Terence Cuneo (1907-1996) showing a view of the concourse at Waterloo Station, London, as seen from the first floor British Rail Southern Regional boardroom windows

Background imagePassengers Collection: A West Country Mail Coach leaving Piccadilly, 1829 (pencil on paper) (b / w photo)

A West Country Mail Coach leaving Piccadilly, 1829 (pencil on paper) (b / w photo)
XJF354261 A West Country Mail Coach leaving Piccadilly, 1829 (pencil on paper) (b/w photo) by Scharf, George the Elder (1788-1860); Private Collection; German, out of copyright

Background imagePassengers Collection: The Kinecar by William Heath Robinson

The Kinecar by William Heath Robinson
Double page illustration by William Heath Robinson (1872-1944) showing a well-equipped omnibus transporting passengers while they watch a film

Background imagePassengers Collection: Jamaicans on board the Empire Windrush

Jamaicans on board the Empire Windrush
Jamaican men on board the Empire Windrush who have come to Britain to seek work; some of the men, dressed smartly in jackets and ties, are reading a newspaper

Background imagePassengers Collection: RMS Carpathia, 1903

RMS Carpathia, 1903
Photograph of the Cunard Lines RMS Carpathia, launched by the Swan Hunter Shipyard, in 1902. She was the first vessel built for the Cunard Line which was exclusively for second

Background imagePassengers Collection: Vauxhall Royal Balloon first ascent

Vauxhall Royal Balloon first ascent with 9 people, from Vauxhall, London. The maximum possible number of passengers was 28. 9 September 1836

Background imagePassengers Collection: Croydon Airport 1934

Croydon Airport 1934
Passengers disembarking from a plane at Croydon Airport. The painting is entitled The Airport of London, Croydon

Background imagePassengers Collection: No. 73 Routemaster Bus

No. 73 Routemaster Bus
Passengers hop on the no.73 Routemaster bus to Kings Cross on the north side of Oxford Street

Background imagePassengers Collection: Gyrocopter Beats Traffic

Gyrocopter Beats Traffic
The Campbell Cricket one-man gyrocopter is used for speedy commuting above the traffic and passengers queuing at the bus stop Date: late 1960s

Background imagePassengers 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 imagePassengers Collection: Nord Wagons-Lits poster

Nord Wagons-Lits poster
Poster from French company PLM for the Nord Wagons-Lits London to Vichy Pullman service. A couple enjoy tea in the comfortable interior of a pullman train carriage

Background imagePassengers 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 imagePassengers 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 imagePassengers Collection: Pier Train / Southend

Pier Train / Southend
The electric train carries passengers to the end of the one and a half mile long pier, the longest in the world

Background imagePassengers Collection: De Havilland Puss Moth

De Havilland Puss Moth
Advertising poster for the De Havilland Puss Moth, a three seater high-wing monoplane aeroplane designed and built by the de Havilland Aircraft Company between 1929 and 1933

Background imagePassengers Collection: A Motor Bus during the London Season, 1914 by Matania

A Motor Bus during the London Season, 1914 by Matania
" Passengers out first, please" - the omnipresent motor-bus. Passengers alight from a London bus, ready to sample the delights of the city at the height of the 1914 Season. Date: 1914

Background imagePassengers Collection: Horse bus, Coinagehall Street, Helston. Cornwall. Around 1900

Horse bus, Coinagehall Street, Helston. Cornwall. Around 1900
The Helston, Cury, Mullion horse bus, named " Fairy". Thomas John Pascoe is seated on the top far right, he was born at Trewennack on 19.8.1872 and died at Trewennack on 19.9 1943

Background imagePassengers Collection: The Cornishman Express

The Cornishman Express
The Cornishman express of the Great Western Railway carries passengers from London to Cornwall (and back again if required)

Background imagePassengers Collection: Interior of the R101 airship

Interior of the R101 airship
Amenities of the giant British airship R101, showing the smoking room, a typical two-berth cabin, and passengers looking down on the lights of a city from the starboard promenade deck

Background imagePassengers Collection: Londons new amusement: Up and down the escalator

Londons new amusement: Up and down the escalator
Illustration from 1911 of the first escalators ever installed on the underground, between the District and the Piccadilly line platforms at Earls Court station

Background imagePassengers Collection: Titanic 2nd Class Deck

Titanic 2nd Class Deck
Colour illustration depicting the Second Class Promenade Deck of the ill-fated Titanic. Passengers can be seen sitting on steamer and deck chairs

Background imagePassengers Collection: London to Penzance train at Teignmouth, Devon

London to Penzance train at Teignmouth, Devon
London to Penzance train on the seafront track at Teignmouth, Devon. Date: circa 1960s

Background imagePassengers Collection: Coach and horses in the snow on a Christmas card

Coach and horses in the snow on a Christmas card. Date: circa 1910s

Background imagePassengers Collection: Whitbreads Pale Ale

Whitbreads Pale Ale
WHITBREADs PALE ALE Fashionable people on a luxury cruiser enjoy a glass of beer

Background imagePassengers Collection: Blue Star Line poster to South America

Blue Star Line poster to South America
Blue Star Line to South America, calling at Boulogne, Lisbon, Madeira, Tenerife, Rio de Janeiro, Santos, Montevideo and Buenos Aires. First class passengers only. circa 1925

Background imagePassengers Collection: Jazz orchestra by the pool on board the Mauretania

Jazz orchestra by the pool on board the Mauretania
A jazz orchestra entertains passengers by the pool on board the ocean liner, the Mauretania, just one of the many amusements available. Date: 1931

Background imagePassengers 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 imagePassengers 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 imagePassengers Collection: Vauxhall Royal Balloon ascent

Vauxhall Royal Balloon ascent
First ascent from the Royal Gardens, Vauxhall, London, of the Vauxhall Royal Balloon, containing several passengers. 9 September 1836

Background imagePassengers Collection: Pan American Airways route map

Pan American Airways route map
Pan American Airways System global route map of the Flying Clipper Ships (passengers, mail, express). circa 1938

Background imagePassengers Collection: Cuba - First Pan American Airways service

Cuba - First Pan American Airways service
Cuba - The First Pan American Airways (PAN-AM) service between Key West, United States and Havana, Cuba in October 1927. Pan American Airways was founded by Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney

Background imagePassengers Collection: Humber car advertisement

Humber car advertisement
Advertisement for Humber cars which, claims the manufacturer, is a car you will be proud to own. This particular Humber is driven by a chauffeur who drops off his passengers at a dock

Background imagePassengers Collection: Royal Line poster

Royal Line poster
Poster promoting Royal Line Northern Canadian railway system and Atlantic steamship service, showing a ship crossing the Atlantic on the way to Canada from Bristol

Background imagePassengers Collection: Croydon from the Air

Croydon from the Air
Croydon Airport as passengers see it immediately after take- off or prior to landing

Background imagePassengers 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 imagePassengers 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 imagePassengers 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 imagePassengers Collection: Art Deco 1920s Illustration of a Cruise Ship with Passengers, 1928 (silkscreen)

Art Deco 1920s Illustration of a Cruise Ship with Passengers, 1928 (silkscreen)
2630113 Art Deco 1920s Illustration of a Cruise Ship with Passengers, 1928 (silkscreen) by American School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imagePassengers Collection: Poster, Imperial Airways

Poster, Imperial Airways -- Travel in perfect comfort by the largest Air Liners in the World. circa 1930s

Background imagePassengers Collection: Poster, Imperial Airways

Poster, Imperial Airways -- Fly through Europe in perfect comfort. circa 1930s

Background imagePassengers Collection: Montgolfier balloon in flight over Paris

Montgolfier balloon in flight over Paris
First manned balloon ascent, made in the presence of the Dauphin, from the Jardin de la Muette, Paris, under the direction of Montgolfier

Background imagePassengers Collection: The Battle of the Balloons

The Battle of the Balloons. A fanciful image depicting four balloons with flags and sails, their passengers in close aerial combat. The opponents appear to be British and French. circa 18th century

Background imagePassengers Collection: Western Airways Ltd Poster

Western Airways Ltd Poster
Poster, Norman Edgar Western Airways Ltd, Bristol to Cardiff Air Express, 15 minutes, 9 shillings and sixpence single fare

Background imagePassengers Collection: Imperial Airways Poster, Travel Luxuriously

Imperial Airways Poster, Travel Luxuriously in the Worlds largest air liners, serving Europe, Africa, India and the Far East. Showing two pilots in the cockpit of a Heracles, and passengers boarding

Background imagePassengers Collection: Goodwick Railway Station, Pembrokeshire, South Wales

Goodwick Railway Station, Pembrokeshire, South Wales
A long line of passengers and staff waiting on the platform at Goodwick Railway Station on the Great Western Railway, Pembrokeshire, Dyfed, South Wales. They are all looking across at the camera

Background imagePassengers Collection: The Emigrant Ship Hercules off Cambelton, Scotland, 1853

The Emigrant Ship Hercules off Cambelton, Scotland, 1853
Engraving showing the emigrant ship Hercules at anchor in Campbelton Harbour, Isle of Skye, 1853. The Hercules sailed from Skye that year with passengers emigrating for a new life in the British

Background imagePassengers Collection: View of the luxurious reading room onboard the Titanic

View of the luxurious reading room onboard the Titanic
A view of one of the many luxurious interior features of the Titanic; the reading and writing room. First class passengers travelled in style onboard the Titanic, having free use of the gym

Background imagePassengers Collection: Air Union poster

Air Union poster
Poster advertising the services of the Rapid Azur, flying passengers between London, Paris, Lyons, Marseilles and Geneva



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Journeying through time and space, they have always been the lifeblood of transportation. In 1967, Waterloo Station in London bustled with activity as Jamaicans boarded the Empire Windrush, embarking on a new chapter in their lives. Meanwhile, William Heath Robinson's ingenious Kinecar promised a whimsical future for commuters. Backtracking to 1903, the RMS Carpathia sailed proudly across vast oceans, carrying hopeful passengers towards distant shores. And high above ground, the Vauxhall Royal Balloon soared into the sky during its first ascent, offering breathtaking views to those brave enough to venture upwards. In post-war 1947, love was in the air as a couple strolled arm in arm on a railway platform beside the luxurious 'Golden Arrow' locomotive. This train connected London to Dover where eager passengers caught ferries bound for Calais – an enchanting gateway to France. Stepping further back into history reveals Croydon Airport bustling with excitement in 1934; travelers eagerly awaiting their next airborne adventure. Platform 1 at Paddington Station witnessed countless comings and goings throughout different eras - from bustling crowds in 1929 to steam-powered marvels transporting passengers back in time to 1904. But not all journeys relied on conventional means – enter the gyrocopter. Beating traffic jams and soaring above city skylines like something out of science fiction. A true testament to human ingenuity. Even before motorized vehicles dominated urban landscapes, horse-drawn buses carried people through quaint streets such as Coinagehall Street in Helston around 1900. The clattering hooves echoing through time remind us that passenger transport has always evolved alongside society's progress. From grand stations and elegant ships to futuristic inventions and humble horse-drawn carriages – these snapshots capture moments when ordinary individuals became extraordinary passengers navigating their way through history.