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London Paddington station is the easternmost station on the Great Western Express route for Train Sim World. Built in 1838, the station has 13 platforms and is currently used mainly by Great Western Railway services. Services are operated by BR Class 43 HST and BR Class 166 locomotives.

History Edit

Paddington, also known as London Paddington, is a Central London railway terminus and London Undergroundstation complex, located on Praed Street in the Paddington area. The site has been the London terminus of services provided by the Great Western Railway and its successors since 1838. Much of the main line station dates from 1854 and was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Paddington is the London terminus of the Great Western main line, operated today by Great Western Railway, which provides the majority of commuter and regional passenger services to west London and the Thames Valley region as well as long-distance intercity services to South West England and South Wales. It is also the terminus for the Heathrow Express and TfL Rail services to and from Heathrow Airport. It is one of 11 London stations managed directly by Network Rail. It is situated in fare zone 1 and has two separate tube stations providing connections to the Bakerloo, Circle, District, and Hammersmith & City lines.

The station has been perennially popular for passengers and goods, particularly milk and parcels. Major upgrades took place in the 1870s, the 1910s and the 1960s, each trying to add additional platforms and space while trying to preserve the existing services and architecture as much as possible. Paddington was first served by London Underground trains in 1863, as the original western terminus of the Metropolitan Railway, the world's first underground railway. In the 20th century, suburban and commuter services appeared at Paddington as the urban sprawl of London moved westwards. Despite the numerous upgrades and rebuilding, plus damage sustained in particular during World War II, Brunel's original design is still recognisable.

ServicesEdit

Paddington is the London terminus for long-distance high-speed trains operated by Great Western Railway. Two services go to Heathrow Airport: the Heathrow Express travels non-stop at a premium fare, while TfL Rail takes the same route but calls at most intermediate stations.

The station has 13 terminal platforms, numbered 1 to 12 and 14 from south-west to north-east (left to right as seen from the concourse). Platforms 1 to 8 are below the original three spans of Brunel's train shed, platforms 9 to 12 beneath the later fourth span. Platform 14 is within the Metropolitan Railway's old Bishop's Road (Suburban) station to the north-west. Immediately alongside are through platforms 15 and 16, used by the London Underground's Hammersmith & City and Circle lines. The current operator, Great Western Railway, assigns numbers to the pocket timetables it publishes, and its services to Bath, Bristol, Weston-super-Mare and South Wales are in timetable number 1.

The concourse stretches across the heads of platforms 1 to 12, underneath the London end of the four train sheds. Platform 14 can only be reached indirectly via the north-western end of platform 12. A footbridge crosses the north-western end of the station and gives access to platforms 1–12 and 14. There are ticket barriers to platforms 2–5 and 10–16.

A first-class lounge on Platform 1 provides complimentary refreshments and Wi-Fi internet access. It also has screens showing television news as well as a departure board.

Paddington is the terminus for suburban trains to West London and the Thames Valley, also operated by Great Western Railway. Other important short-distance services are Reading and Didcot Parkway.

Locomotive Route Stations Covered
BR Class 166 Great Western Express Acton Main Line, Ealing Broadway, West Ealing, Hanwell, Southall, Hayes and Harlington, West Drayton, Iver, Langley, Slough, Burnham, Taplow, Maidenhead, Twyford, Reading
BR Class 43 HST Slough, Reading
Great Western Express
Locomotives BR Class 43 HST - BR Class 66 - BR Class 166
Rolling Stock BR Mk3 - HKA Hopper - FKA Container Flat
Locations Paddington - Old Oak Common TMD - Reading
Operators Great Western Railway - DB Cargo UK
Tutorials Class 43 Introduction - Class 166 Introduction - Class 66 Introduction - Station Stopping
Scenarios Down the Line - West World - Christmas Closures - Aggregate Industries - Drag Line
Miscellaneous History - Signalling