Wednesday, 25 April 2012


The Most Beautiful Train Stations in the World
By Claire Cottrell,
Flavor Wire, 23 April 2012.

In 1972, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and The New York Times’ very first architecture critic, Ada Louise Huxtable observed that “nothing was more up-to-date when it was built, or is more obsolete today, than the railroad station.” A comment on the emerging age of the jetliner and a swanky commercial air travel industry that made the behemoth train stations of the time appear as cumbersome relics of an out-dated industrial era, we don’t think the judgment holds up today - at all. Like so many things that we wrote off in favour of what was seemingly more modern and efficient (ahem, vinyl records and Polaroid film), the train station is back and better than ever. So, we’re taking the time to look back at some of the greatest stations still standing.

From New York’s grande dame of a terminal to a station complete with its own indoor rainforest to the home of the world’s most luxurious train, the Orient Express, here’s our roundup of the most beautiful train stations in the world. Let us know in the comments what we’ve missed! [Note: Click the image credit links for more information and images.]

1. Atocha Train Station - Madrid, Spain

2. Rossio Station - Lisbon, Portugal

Image credit: Jaime Silva; dezeen

3. Sirkeci Station - Istanbul, Turkey

4. King’s Cross Station - London, England

Image credit: dezeen

5. Union Station - Los Angeles, California

Image credit: Greg Gross; Yanko; bbartokk

6. Grand Central Station - New York City, New York

Image credit: Fcb981; Merri-Makers

7. Gare du Nord - Paris, France

8. São Bento Station - Porto, Portugal

9. Central Railway Station - Helsinki, Finland

Image credit: Toinen Linja; Lachlan Doig

10. Dunedin Train Station - Dunedin, New Zealand

Top image: Source

[Source: Flavor Wire. Edited. Top image added.]

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