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London St Pancras is named Europe’s best railway station

From its soaring gothic spires to its vast glazed roof to its croissant-packed concourse below, St Pancras station is well loved by Londoners. 

But now its status is official: St Pancras International has been named the best railway station in Europe by the Consumer Choice Centre.

St Pancras, which serves 35.6 million passengers a year, came out top among Europe’s 50 biggest stations for accessibility for wheelchair users, cleanliness and range of destinations served. Wheelchair users have previously praised the station’s step-free access to the Underground and helpful staff.

The European Railway Station Index also noted St Pancras’s excellent range of shops and restaurants (although they gave it minus points for rail strikes – boo!) and scored it a superb 116 points out of 139. 

St Pancras International even beat Zürich Central to the top spot, despite the Swiss station’s 100 percent score for cleanliness. There is NO DIRT on Zürich station.

Other London stations have done us proud too. The newly-refurbed London Bridge made it into fifteenth place and London Victoria got the twentieth spot.

https://www.timeout.com/london/news/london-st-pancras-is-named-europes-best-railway-station-022020

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
From: Gimmie Chocolate Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostFeb-21 10:29 AM 
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GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL

Be transported by the iconic beauty and lasting legacy of Grand Central Terminal. This historic world-famous landmark in Midtown Manhattan is not simply a transportation hub—it’s also a shopping, dining, and cultural destination with 60 shops, 35 places to eat, and a full calendar of events all under one magnificent roof.

Opened to the public in February 1913, Grand Central Terminal is a story of great engineering, survival, and rebirth. In 1978, architect Philip Johnson and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis campaigned to secure landmark status for the Terminal, ensuring the building would serve New Yorkers for generations to come.

MEET ME AT THE CLOCK

Grand Central Terminal is one of the country’s great architectural achievements and New York City’s unofficial meeting place with thousands of people choosing to meet friends and loved ones each day at the opal-faced Main Concourse Information Booth Clock.

Hailed as a temple to the everyday commuter, this cathedral-like building was constructed to honor you, its visitors.

The Station’s Celestial Ceiling Has A Flip-Flopped History

The centerpiece of the Main Concourse is its celestial ceiling, which features the 12 zodiac constellations. At some point during the design, the order of the constellations was painted in reverse, with west and east flipped. The design was eventually corrected, but Orion still faces backward.

In June, 1945, renovations on the roof of the Main Concourse were completed. The mural, which had fallen victim to numerous leaks, was repaired, and a new, duplicate mural was painted. The 12 constellations are composed of thousands of gold leaf stars, with some twinkling lights dotting the sky.

There’s A Secret Underground Platform

A secret transportation platform in New York at a swanky hotel? Say it isn't so! Under the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel is an abandoned platform and track. Legend has it the platform once transported VIPs including Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Adlai Stevenson, and General Pershing, among others, to waiting automobiles or private rail cars. The platform allowed the Waldorf-Astoria guests a way to escape and avoid the eyes of the press.

See more at 

https://www.travelawaits.com/2486066/grand-central-station-things-to-know/

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
From: Gimmie Chocolate Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostFeb-21 10:40 AM 
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ANTWERP CENTRAAL STATION

King Leopold II spared no expense in building the Antwerp Centraal Station at the turn of the 20th century. Completed in 1905, the opulent neo-Baroque station contains more than 20 types of marble and stone. A handsome antique clock marks the time for passengers waiting to catch a train under the iron and glass vaulted ceiling. Though it was originally built as the terminus of the Brussels-Mechelen-Antwerp railway line, the station now functions as a through-station for commuter trains, intercity trains, and Thalys high speed trains connecting Amsterdam to Paris and Lille via Belgium.

The Antwerp Central Station, also known as Middenstatie (Middle station) or Spoorwegkathedraal (Railroad Cathedral), was first used in 1905. The structure is made up from a steel platform covering and a stone station building in an eclectic style. Recently, the station was completely renovated and in 2007 a tunnel underneath the station and a part of Antwerp was opened, reverting the station’s status as a terminus where are all trains have to turn back. In 2009, the American magazine Newsweek chose the Antwerp Central Station as the fourth most beautiful train station in the world.

https://www.visitantwerpen.be/en/sightseeing/central-station

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
From: Gimmie Chocolate Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostFeb-21 10:45 AM 
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GARE DU NORD

The Gare de Nord is one of the main stations in Paris and is actually the busiest train station in Europe that services around 190 million travellers each year with connections to other countries such as Belgium and the Netherlands, plus this is where the Eurostar train arrives and departs for the UK.
A bit of history Gare du Nord train station

The first Gare du Nord train station was officially opened in 1846 for the Chemin de Fer du Nord company, however, within only a few years it ended up being too small and by 1860 this train station was partly demolished in order to make way for a larger station and the original facade was transferred to Lille.

It was decide that the French architect Jacques Ignace Hittorff, who designed the Cirque d’Hiver circus, buildings along the Champs Elysees, facades by the Arc de Triomphe and redesigned the Place de la Concorde, would be the ideal person to re-design the new Gare du Nord train station.

Jacques Ignace Hittorff was chosen by the chairman of the Chemin de Fer du Nord company mainly because of his approach to architecture utilising more modern materials such as cast iron.  So construction was started in the May of 1861, and although the train station was opened for service in 1864, the building was not fully completed until the December of 1865.
 

About the Gare du Nord building


The Gare du Nord building was designed in the usual way for a terminus station of a U shape, with the main supporting beam and the support pillars being made out of cast iron, and in fact, these had to be produced in Glasgow in the UK, as this was the only foundry large enough at the time to produced the supports.

More at 

https://www.eutouring.com/gare_du_nord_train_station.html

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
From: Gimmie Chocolate Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostFeb-21 11:01 AM 
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MILANO CENTRALE

Milan Central may not be the largest railway station in Europe anymore, it is still the most pompous. Milan's famous cathedral fits in twice and the canopy has the size of ten football fields.

The railway terminus was inaugurated in 1931, but had a long prehistory which started in 1906. Delayed by World War I, the plans were revised under Mussolini. The result was a mixture of Art Nouveau, Art Deco and fascism.

Prehistory

In 1906 Milan and Paris were connected by the Simplon tunnel, at which occasion a World Exposition was held. In that year King Victor Emmanuel III laid the symbolic foundation stone for a new central station, 600 meters north of the old one. There was no definite design yet.

A design competition, held in 1906 by the Italian State Railways, produced no winner. In 1912 a new contest was won by architect Ulisse Stacchini. The First World War and lack of funds suspended the construction until 1925.

Design

In 1912 architect Stacchini drew inspiration from classical Roman architecture, the Vienna Secession and the Union Station in Washington D.C. The new Leipzig terminal also served as an example. In 1925 Art Deco elements were added to the design, resulting in an amalgam of styles.

The station was not completely finished until a few years after its inauguration. But by then its architecture had already become old­-fashioned; other large new stations, such as the 1934 Florence station, were much more rectilinear and modern. Some critics joked about the Assiro-Milanese style, referring to Assyrian temples of antiquity.

Bombastic sculptures

At the insistence of Mussolini’s fascist regime the station building was decorated with symbols demonstrating strength and power. The roofs were adorned with bombastic sculptures of muscular animals from mythology: winged horses, lions, bulls and eagles.

The corners of the building were decorated with fasces: bundles of rods tied around an axe, in Roman times symbolizing united strength and authority. Mussolini selected this ancient symbol as a logo for his fascist party.

More at 

https://retours.eu/en/29-milano-centrale/#5

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
From: Gimmie Chocolate Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostFeb-21 11:11 AM 
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KUALA LUMPUR RAILWAY STATION

History of KL Railway Station

The Old KL Railway Station is one of Kuala Lumpur's most famous landmarks. Until the Petronas Twin Towers was built, the railway station, together with the Sultan Abdul Samad building, was among the most photographed symbols of the city.

The station was completed in 1910 and designed by that most prolific and talented of British colonial architects, Arthur Benison Hubback. Working at the Public Works Department, he was responsible for many other iconic buildings in Malaysia such as the stately Ipoh Railway Station and the Royal Gallery in Klang. The KL Railway Station was built with Mughal features such as the elegant chhatris (dome-capped pavilions of Indian origin) along its roof line.

The station served as the city's main rail hub until the modern KL Sentral station took over in 2001.

The old station is still used for KTM Komuter services. Some of its platforms were too low for KTM Komuter trains and a more modern extension with a separate entrance was built in the 1980s.

You can find some interesting old photos of KL station on my Great Malaysian Railway Journeys website.

https://www.malaysia-traveller.com/kl-railway-station.html

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
From: Gimmie Chocolate Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostFeb-21 11:14 AM 
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ESTACAO DE SAO BENTO

The walls of the São Bento Railway Station in the historical city of Porto, Portugal have a story to tell.

The transportation hub located in the heart of Porto does more than shuttle people back and forth. The French Beaux-Arts structure holds within 20,000 magnificent azulejo tin-glazed ceramic tiles depicting Portugal’s past - its royalty, its wars, and its transportation history. The blue and white tiles were placed over a period of 11 years (1905–1916) by artist Jorge Colaço.

Built in 1900, the beautiful station was named after a Benedictine monastery that once occupied its space back in the 16th century. Destroyed by fire in 1783, the house of worship was rebuilt but by the 19th century was torn down to make way for the expanding railway system. Built by architect José Marques da Silva, the very first stone was laid by King Carlos I himself. 

Five years after the station was built, the intricate tile work began. Included in the landscapes and ethnographic displays are the Battle of Valdevez (1140) and the Conquest of Ceuta (1415) along with several other important events and places that created the vibrant city that this unusual and beautiful station resides in.

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/sao-bento-station

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
From: Gimmie Chocolate Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostFeb-21 11:30 AM 
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Sirkeci (Istanbul) Station

Sirkeci Station (Sirkeci Gar) was Istanbul‘s historic terminus for trains from Edirne and Europe, designed by Prussian architect August Jasmund and inaugurated on February 11th, 1888 during the reign of Sultan Abdülhamid II.

Though officially named Istanbul Gar, everyone knows it as Sirkeci to differentiate it from Haydarpasa Gar (1908), the newer terminus on the Asian shore of the Bosphorus.

Sirkeci is where the famed Orient Express ended its run from Paris, at this 19th-century Orientalist station near Seraglio Point beneath the walls of Topkapi Palace, right next to Eminönü, its ferry docks, and Galata Bridge.

With the opening of the Marmaray regional train line on October 29, 2013, Sirkeci Station took on a new purpose as an important stop on this cross-Bosphorus rail line.

European and Turkish-Thracian intercity trains no longer arrive and depart at Sirkeci. (The Bosphorus Express, connecting Istanbul with Bulgaria, Romania, central and western European countries, departs from Halkali, 28 km [17 miles] west of Sirkeci.)

Even so, it’s a pleasure to stroll through the stationand imagine the famous 19th-century luxury train ariving in Constantinople with its eminent passengers being met by uniformed dragomans (guide-interpreters) from the great European embassies.

https://turkeytravelplanner.com/go/Istanbul/Transport/SirkeciStation.html

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus)

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, formerly known as Victoria Terminus Station, in Mumbai, is an outstanding example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture in India, blended with themes deriving from Indian traditional architecture. The building, designed by the British architect F. W. Stevens, became the symbol of Bombay as the ‘Gothic City’ and the major international mercantile port of India. The terminal was built over 10 years, starting in 1878, according to a High Victorian Gothic design based on late medieval Italian models. Its remarkable stone dome, turrets, pointed arches and eccentric ground plan are close to traditional Indian palace architecture. It is an outstanding example of the meeting of two cultures, as British architects worked with Indian craftsmen to include Indian architectural tradition and idioms thus forging a new style unique to Bombay.

https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/945/

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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CFM Railway Station (Caminho de Ferro de Mocambique)

Built in 1912, Maputo’s Caminho de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM) was voted byNewsweek as one of the ten most beautiful train stations in the world. In the old baixa (downtown) it’s an elegant peppermint green building with Victorian arches and pillars and a wrought-iron roof dome that was designed by none other than Gustave Eiffel of France’s Eiffel Tower fame.

One of the nicest things about the CFM train is that it exists not only as a working station, but as a dynamic cultural space. Since Maputo’s rise from devastation to democracy, the CFM train station has become  a frequent host to assorted events from Maputo Fashion Week to live music concerts and art exhibitions. This year CFM train station turns a hundred years old and continues to be adored by Maputo’s visitors and citizens.

https://afrotourism.com/attraction/cfm-railway-station-caminho-de-ferro-de-mocambique/

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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