Holiday crowds at Paddington Station, London, c 1912.
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At this time it was becoming common to go on annual summer outings, to the seaside or countryside. Many people took day trips on public holidays. These were the only days when they could go away if they worked 6 days a week and as a result the trains were very crowded on bank holidays. From an archive of about 400,000 photographic negatives from various British Railways and constituent companies' photographic collections, formerly known as the OPC (Oxford Publishing Company) Collection.