The eight most beautiful train stations in the world

There are train stations with many services, these are the 8 most beautiful and luxurious train stations in the world.

1 .Grand Central (New York)

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Image courtesy of dpbirds at Flickr.com

 

It is a terminal station at 42nd Street and Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, New York. Built and named by the Central Railway in New York at the height of long distance trains in the United States. This is the largest train station in the world according to number of platforms: 44, with 67 tracks along the station. There are two levels, both underground, with 41 tracks on the upper level and 26 on the lower level. With the new station for the Long Island railroad the Grand Central has a total of 75 tracks and 48 platforms.

2. St. Pancras (London)

It first opened in 1876 in North London, very close to the new British Library, it is the starting point of the modern Eurostar trains in addition to being the home of the CTRL railways that link the British capital to the Eurotunnel. The building, with a Victorian-style façade, was almost about to be torn down in the 1960s but the citizens’ protests prevented this from happening. The blue tones that are intended to be an “artificial” extension of the sky, the noble materials used on the floors cushioning the squeaky noise of the coming and going of the suitcases, the huge windows which make artificial lighting unnecessary (during day light of course), the small shopping center with more than a dozen shops, the restaurants, the food market where buying fresh products like flowers is perfectly easy and having a glass of wine for 7 euros in the largest champagne bar in Europe (90 meters long) is also easy, all of these have managed to make of the station a cultural space and a leisure place in the city, suitable not only for tourists and travelers, but also for any Londoner who wants to enjoy the wide range of options offered.

3. Union Station (Los Angeles)

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Image courtesy of Steve and Julie at Flickr.com


Opened in May of 1939, it is known as ‘the last great railway station’ built in the United States but despite its great waiting rooms and its luxurious dressing rooms, is one of the smallest compared to the rest. The station has been used in several Hollywood movies like Union Station with the actors William Holden and Nancy Olsen, as well as other films such as Speed with Keanu Reeves, Pearl Harbor with Ben Affleck, Blade Runner with Harrison Ford, or Star Trek VIII: first contact, among others.

4. Central Station (Antwerp)

It began its working services in 1905 and both its central structure and its large central dome were built by Louis Delacenserie, it is still very visible in areas that are far from the city of Antwerp.

5. Chhatrapati Shivaji (Bombay)

This monument was declared a world heritage place by the Unesco in 2004. It was named in 1887 as Victoria Terminus or Victoria station in honor of Queen Victoria, Empress of India, being renamed in 1996 as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in honor to Chhatrapati Shivaji, this was a request of the Minister of transport at the time, Suresh Kalmadi. Designed by architect Fredrick Williams Stevens its construction began in 1878, it starts working as its purpose on New Year’s Day in 1882 and its construction is completed in 1888.

6.  Railway station (Kuala Lumpur) 

Veteran train commuter and writer Paul Theroux defined the building as ‘the most splendid train station in Southeast Asia’. The 1911 Kuala Lumpur railway station is an extraordinary architectural mixture of Western culture and British Arabic colonialism. Minarets, towers and arches constitute an ideal departure or arrival place, a simple visit to station is a pleasure on its own. Unfortunately, InterCity trains do not stop at this station anymore, although it continues to be the pick-up place of passengers that want to travel with the Eastern and Oriental Express service. Seeing how this luxurious locomotive refuels and re start its journey is a memorable experience.

7.  Hauptbahnhof (Berlin)

The station was first thought of in 1992 and began to be built in 1995, being inaugurated on May 26th of 2006, just in time for the celebration of the 2006 World Cup. The station replaced the eight terminal stations that existed in Berlin at the end of the 19th century with a single exchange station in two levels which kind of forms a cross. The station complies with the highest standards that ecological architecture can demand for this kind of buildings, the skillful management of natural light and especially the installation of photovoltaic panels on the roof which supply about 50% of the energy consumption of the station, place this architectural work as a reference in the matter.

8. Union Station (Washington, DC)

Image courtesy of Jeffrey Zeldman at Flickr.com
Image courtesy of Jeffrey Zeldman at Flickr.com


It is the railway station designed to be the official entrance to Washington DC when it opened in 1908. It is one of the busiest and most well-known places in Washington, visited by approximately 32 million people every year.

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