Favourite Railway Station?

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  1. flirt745

    flirt745 New Member

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    Mine is St Pancras International. It's stunning roof and great architecture plus the refurbished under croft makes it a great station to visit.
     
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    Manchester Victoria as depicted in Northern Trans Pennine, not the modern day version which has only got a third of the platforms and most of those are now underground. At least I can visit the old place in TSW2 even if the subway is missing along with the ticket barriers and the famous Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway tiled map. I'm looking forward to leaving Victoria on a Black 5 and blasting up Miles Platting bank when they bring steam locomotives out, with a long train of 12ton ventilated vans and a second engine pushing at the back. Cinders being thrown high into the air as the train struggles on the gradient and a huge cloud of steam and smoke following it's progress up the hill.
     
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    Canfranc, International station. Railway door between Spain and the rest of Europe, today closed by ignorance.
     
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    London Paddington, I love the design
     
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    Keswick railway station disused since 1972 and my home railway station so I’m biased, but it was a good looking railway station in its day with 3 platforms and a pedestrian tunnel underneath the tracks with steps up to each platform. It also had a covered brightly lit corridor from platform 1 which ran straight into the Keswick Station Hotel which porters used to meet their guests off the train and escort them and their luggage up the corridor to the reception area. It’s first class waiting room was kitted out with luxurious sofas and soft furnishings and a roaring fire in winter as was befitting of it’s first class status. Back in the day the station was kept immaculate until it was ran down prior to closure in its final years. Lots of flowers, buildings and canopies regularly painted, tracks weed free, and all the staff wearing smart uniforms etc.

    Those were the days.
     

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  6. Gilly

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    Concurr with Keswick being a beautiful station, still is now albeit unused. As you've picked that I'll go for probably the nicest on the Cumbria coast line and say Aspatria. It's not the largest or the busiest but certainly the quaintest! Aspatria_railway_station,_Cumbria_(geograph_3565825).jpg
     
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    The grand station of Antwerpen Centraal. As it was up untill the late 90' when they modernised it.

    Exterior view entering the station circa 1990
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    Interior view tracks circa 1980
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    Interior Main Entrance Hall
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    Since they modernised it, it has lost a lot of it's charm. They went underground wich resulted in a loss of the middle tracks on the main level. I think it's a shame, but it still remains one of the most beautifull stations imo.
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  8. lukas#1835

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    Berlin Central Station Screenshot_20210615-192245_Gallery.jpg
     
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    Tiverton Parkway aka my local station on the GWR mainline between Exeter and Taunton
     
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  10. Rudolf

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    Zoetermeer, it looks not nice at all and does not have many facilities, but it is near my home, so I badly need it for all trips.
     
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    Mine is shoreham by sea on the west Coastway
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    I rather like Washington's Union Station, with its coffered vault and elevated cafe
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    But Grand Central has that facade
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    I'd say Hagen, its Not the prettiest but my nearest major Station and i commute a lot from /via it. Its also in TSW and very well represented, even the underpass is absolutely correct, which is quite rare in TSW. The underpass in Cologne is nothing like the real thing for example.
    Also i like the unique track layout with 4 tracks on almost every Platform.
     
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    Mine is Grand Central terminal due to its interior retaining the 1900s construction for Metro-North Lobby and Platforms. 7 train Platforms are 1915 construction.
     
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    Kings cross, st Pancras international and marks tey
     
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    Not for much longer though!

    The grand old station building won't see use as a station again but it has been refurbished and looks likely to house a hotel and railway museum in the near future. The new station has been built using some of the old coach sheds, and is built to accommodate longer distance international trains when they finally return. The last part of the Pau-Canfranc railway that needs to be re-opened to enable international services is only around 30KM, which is admittedly the most difficult and expensive part of the route as it includes the Somport tunnel, but the EU has stated it wants the international link re-opened and is putting up the cash to achieve it. It may take a while but international services will return!
     
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    Always had a soft spot for Liverpool Lime Street, the oldest operating Grand Terminus Station in the world, it opened in 1836.

    The approach to the station throught the Edge Hill Cuttings:
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    One of the station's two arches:
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    The station front:
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    And when you walk down the station steps you are right opposite the imposing St George's Hall:
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  18. OnlyMe1909

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    Good stuff, guys. We're collecting pictures of some beautifull stations in this thread
     
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    My favorite is Ho ho kus on NJT and peekskill on metro north
     
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    Workington, on the Cumbrian Coast. Been done up by voluntaries, so like in the 1950s, looks great.
     
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    My personal favorite from Clarksville TN Screenshot_20210625-232204.png I should have gotten an actual photo of it but I forgot to
     
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    Wow- Lime Street's looking pretty good these days. I have fond memories of it because arriving there meant we were visiting my grandfather who could drive in under the roof to wait for us but it was a bit bare and neglected looking in those days. Can't have been since the '80s.
     
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    My favourite station is Amsterdam Central. It is a nice, big, busy and beautiful station. Here are some pictures:

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    Ooh. I like this thread. Well I guess I'll list mine off.

    San Francisco Third and Townsend, demolished in 1974 and replaced with the current, smaller Fourth and King for nothing really:
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    Cincinnati Union Terminal, concourse was demolished and old platform tracks are now used as yard tracks for intermodal traffic, though Amtrak does maintain a single platform:
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    Columbus Union Station, the picture is of the arcade you went through to get to the actual station, though both station and arcade were demolished in the 70's after Amtrak took over and only ran one train to the station, though the arcade's full demolition was stopped via court order, though it was to little to late really BUT the main arch WAS saved and moved to a new spot in the city to serve as a reminder of what once was:
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    L.A. Union Station. I mean, how could I not have the southern terminal for the Coast Daylight in this list when I have the northern terminal for it?:
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    Cleveland Union Terminal. The majority of photos are either interior shots or of the entire complex. Cleveland's Union Terminal's unique in that it was built as one whole complex of a union terminal, office tower, and various other developments. So, I don't really have any good photographs of the actual rail terminal by itself to provide. I can provide some more info on it though. From what I can tell, the entire Terminal Tower, the overall name of the complex from what I can tell, has been HEAVILY changed from what it was back in the day, but even back in the day, it wasn't the railroads' favorite terminal, due to having to swap power a little ways off from the tower from steam and diesel power over to electric power so the exhaust fumes wouldn't rise up into the rest of the terminal, though this did change in the later years of mass rail passenger travel and the P Motors, the engines dedicated to Terminal Tower electric operations, went to operating on the New York Central's Grand Central to Croton-Harmon line and eventually were all sadly scrapped. The actual rail terminal part is interesting in that it was actually built to operate with buildings on top of it and still be efficient, take THAT modern New York Penn Station, or at least as efficient as a terminal can be when compared with through running stations, but hey, terminals gotta exist somewhere, right? And I guess y'all can have 1 photograph of the complex:
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    Kansas City Union Station, another one that's heavily changed from how it was back in the day:
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    This quaint little station that's now used by the local history museum along the old Southern S Line:
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    Cheyenne, Wyoming Union Pacific Depot. Wish the platforms were still in place, would've probably made excursions taking off from there a tad bit easier on passengers:
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    St. Louis Union Station. It's a hotel nowadays, but I think we can all agree that it was better as a station right?:
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    The sadly abandoned-as-a-rail-terminal CNJ Commnipaw Terminal in Jersey City that's now preserved as a reminder of days long gone:
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    Hoboken Terminal. It's still used by NJT and has played host to a few steam excursions in the past, most notably the runs from the terminal to Port Jervis in New York by both NKP 765 for the 1988 NRHS Convention, and C&O 614 from 1996 to 1998:
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    Chicago Union Station, with its original concourse that was rather schtewpidly demolished and replaced with a skyscraper in 1969. Man the 60's and 70's were not at all kind to railroad buildings:
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    Chicago's Grand Central Station, sadly demolished in 1971:
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    Chicago's LaSalle Street Station in the form it was in before it got turned into the commuter station it is now. As in the one that served as the terminal for Rock Island trains, Nickel Plate Road trains, and New York Central train like the oh-so-famous 20th Century Limited. Sadly, I couldn't find any good photographs of how it was back then. They were either postcards or looking at it from the platforms going in rather then from the outside looking in towards the platforms like you're getting ready to head in and buy a ticket for Fort Wayne on the NKP, or New York on the Central, or somewhere along the Rock Island via that railroad.


    Chicago & Northwestern's Chicago terminal, that honestly has not had the best of lifetimes. Oh and it's had a name change to Ogilvie Transportation Center too. The headhouse you see in the following photograph was demolished in 1984, so you can understand why there are people out there that're miffed to no end at its demolition well into the preservation era of both railroad rolling stock and buildings alike. In fact, it's fate is eerily similar to that of New York Penn, given that the major station building was demolished and replaced with a skyscraper, though Penn also got stuffed under a sports arena, so it still got the shorter end of the stick. Anyways, have the photograph:
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    Chicago Dearborn Station. Sadly went outta service and had its train shed demolished in 1976. Postcard shows how it looked circa 1907:
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    Chicago Central Station. It was the Illinois Central's terminal that was also utilized by other companies via trackage rights. It was demolished in 1974. The site on which it once stood proud is apparently now the site of a redevelopment called Central Station, Chicago; real original; and now it's time for a photograph:
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    Michigan Central Station in Detroit:
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    The much lamented Original London Euston Station:
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    And finally, as an honorable mention, the much lamented spark that started the building preservation movement in America, the station that managed to save its rival with its demolition, the original New York Penn Station, the example that many a transit advocate uses to point out what's wrong with American public transit, and I dare say the American counterpart to the Original London Euston, though instead of some modernist station replacing it, a basement of a sports arena and skyscraper replaced OG Penn:
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  25. HamioSamio098

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    Oooooh favourite stations! Lets get listing...

    Lincoln Central
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    This station is local to me so its kinda obvious its up there as my favourite! It has a lovely station building and is still pretty at the platforms with brilliant canopies (pictured here).

    Newark Castle
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    Needn't I say much, this station is the ultimate definition of cute. An amazing station building that plays host to a cafe and some old memorabilia.

    Grimsby Town
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    This station may seem a bit 'grim' to some but I feel it does have its charms. Such as its magnificent brickwork and brilliant cafe. And not to mention the old signal box (seen in distance).

    Metheringham
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    This station is the definition of 'a bit bare bones' and your bog standard village station but it does provide a great place for trainspotting, especially when the freight and charter steamers come through towards and away from Lincoln.

    Sheffield
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    Two words: Absolutely beautiful! A lot of the stations along the Midland Main Line are amazing but this is definitely one of the best!

    Sheringham (NNR)
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    This has been lovingly restored for use on the North Norfolk railway and I absolutely love it! The North Norfolk Railway as a whole is one of my favourite heritage railways I have been on because it is stunning and does provide some brilliant views of North Norfolk!
     
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  26. formulabee#1362

    formulabee#1362 Well-Known Member

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    Agreed. Off topic but I’m hoping to go transporting at Sheffield soon (for the first time) and was wondering where the best photo spots are.
     
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  27. HamioSamio098

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    Im possibly not the best person to tell you but i feel standing at the southern end of the middle island platform may be a good spot.
     
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    Thanks :)
     
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    I thought about this question for far too long before I realized how obvious the answer is- North Road in Darlington a.k.a: https://www.head-of-steam.co.uk/

    It may be a bit of a cheat though because the station building is wholly devoted to the Museum. Passengers don't need to go through the building at all- indeed they can't.
     
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    Paris Gare de Lyon one of the 7 terminal station and my favorite one because of its beautiful clock and luxurious restaurant “Le Train Bleu”
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    Thank you for the replies and the cool photos. The architecture of some stations are simply stunning to look at.
     
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    Another famous station in Belgium: the station of Liège Guillemins. Futuristic station designed by architect Santiago Calatrava

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    Special lighting effects on opening night:
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    For me personally it has to be the Wonderful Wemyss Bay on Scotland's Inverclyde Line.

    The terminus of the single-track Wemyss Bay Branch, the station also serves as a Ferry interchange for the stunning Isle of Bute.
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    View of the entrance from the car park, featuring either the MV Bute or MV Argyle
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    Ticket Office, facing towards platform.
    featuring Class 314 in Saltire livery.
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    Walkway towards the Rothesay Ferry
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    Wemyss Bay station feels like you travel back in time, with the historic station design, and the old Black and White signage
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    Last few times I was at the station it was driving onto the ferry, skipping the station itself, but I'm lucky enough to pass it commonly going to the Isle or down the Clyde Coast.
     
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    After a bit of thought, I concluded that my most nostalgic and warm experiences of UK railways usually started or ended in London Marylebone station, and it's the first that comes to mind in response to this question, albeit just ahead of London Liverpool St and Madrid Principe Pio.

    Marylebone has always been a little overlooked as it is on the small side compared to the other big London termini and not as well connected, but it is by far one of the best preserved of the London termini. As it spent so long on the brink of closure it didn't get a mid-80s Network Southeast makeover selling off the air rights over half the platforms a la Victoria or Liverpool St, so whilst it has fewer platforms than most termini, they all get plenty of natural light. There's also no modern glassy retail units built in the middle of the concourse like Euston or Waterloo, nor escalators to cafes where seating should be.

    Slowly but surely it has also started building its profile over the past 15 years. It was little more than a commuter station with some slow services to Birmingham Moor St when I started using it. Now it is host to loco-hauled intercity services and a new(ish) London-Oxford connection.

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    I have another favourite railway station Dawlish I love going to Dawlish
     
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