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Cannon Street Station, 1926

Cannon Street Station, 1926


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Cannon Street Station, 1926

A Class L 4-4-0 of the Southern Railway leaving Cannon Street Station and crossing the bridge over the River Thames

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© Charles Brown Collection, Royal Air Force Museum

Interwar Railways Transport Travel


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This photograph, taken by Charles E. Brown of the Royal Air Force in 1926, transports us back in time to the interwar era of rail travel in London. The image depicts Cannon Street Station in all its grandeur, with the Southern Railway's A Class L 4-4-0 steam locomotive making its way across the bridge over the River Thames. The hustle and bustle of activity at the station is palpable, as passengers prepare for their journeys, porters load and unload luggage, and the steam engine releases plumes of smoke into the crisp, autumnal air. The ornate architecture of the station, with its red brick facade and intricate ironwork, stands in stark contrast to the raw power and industrial might of the locomotive. The River Thames, a constant presence in London's history, adds an element of tranquility to the scene. The bridge, with its arches and cables, provides a connection between the bustling city and the natural world beyond. The reflection of the station and the steam engine in the river's calm waters creates a mirror image that adds depth and dimension to the photograph. The A Class L 4-4-0 locomotive, with its gleaming metal surfaces and intricate engineering, is a testament to the technological advancements of the time. Its powerful presence underscores the importance of the railway as a means of transportation, connecting people and places, and enabling the movement of goods and services. This photograph is a snapshot of a bygone era, a time when travel by rail was an adventure, an experience to be savored. It invites us to reflect on the past and appreciate the role that railways continue to play in our lives, as we journey through time and space.

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