- “Rubbish! London's Paddington. I know, I worked there!”
- ―Duck, The Eight Famous Engines
Paddington Station (also known as London Paddington) is a central London railway terminus and London Underground station complex, located at Paddington, in the City of Westminster.
The first, temporary, station at Paddington was constructed by the Great Western Railway in 1838. Most of the current mainline station dates back to 1854 and was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The station is most famous for its underground Metropolitan railway system. Duck used to work there as a station pilot before arriving on Sodor in 1955. King James I also used to worked at the station.
One day, Gordon, Duck and a visiting engine were arguing about what the name of the big station at London was. Gordon believed it was King's Cross, whilst the other engine thought it was Euston. Duck also though it was Paddington since he said he used to work there. When Gordon filled in for an engine due to go to London, he realised that he arrived at St. Pancras instead.
- The title character of Michael Bond's book A Bear Called Paddington, about a bear who was found at the station, later became its real life mascot.