Most Spectacular Railway Stations in the World
Some train stations are so spectacularly made that it will make you forget your destination here are just a few spectacular train stations in the world you would like to visit.
1. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, India
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is one of the busiest stations of India and also it is world heritage site. Chhatrapati Shivaji was well known and famous Maratha Empire founder and to honor his bravery the Victoria terminus name changed to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. The station handles both long-distance and commuter trains.
The building was perfect mix of traditional Indian Mughal style and Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival. The name of the Victoria Terminus was changed into Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in the year 1996. The new building has been made over the year, but they were all fabricated to make with the station’s original design.
2. Grand Central Terminal, USA
The current Grand Central building was made in 1913 and fabricated by the architectural firms of Reed and Stem and Warren and Wetmore. The old clock in the main attraction was designed by Henry Edward Bedford.Grand Central Terminal is a milestone in New York City.
It is one of the beautiful and popular stations, almost 26,000,000 visitors pay their visit and make it the sixth most visited tourist attraction. The station is also famous for having the most platform in the world.
3. Liege-Guillemins, Belgium
The design was made by architect Santiago Calatrava, is an updated building, with a monumental arch that touches 105 feet tall consisting of steel, glass, and white concrete. While the station only includes five platforms, it is one of the common hubs in Belgium because all of the tracks are able to handle high-speed trains.
4. St. Pancras International, United Kingdom
Also known as the “cathedral of the railways,” this London station was sin 1868 to connect the railway between the East Midlands and Yorkshire. The station’s arched train shed, fabricated by William Henry Barlow, includes the largest single-span roof in the entire world. These days, the station has 15 platforms and is not only a halt for traditional trains but also home to a London Underground stop, a shopping center, and a bus station.
5. Dunedin Station, New Zealand
George Troup recreated the Dunedin Railway Station in a modern Flemish renaissance style, which finished up earning him the nickname of “Gingerbread George”. The building was finished in 1906, but since passenger rail traffic has remarkably increased over the years, it is now used for more than just railway business.
In fact, the upper level of the station is home to the both New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame and the Otago Art Society.
6. Antwerp Central, Belgium
Antwerp Central is the prime station for Antwerp, Belgium’s second most populated city. The original station started in 1905, presenting stone terminus buildings and a massive dome over the waiting room hall. The design by Louis Delacenserie consists of many varying architectural styles that many people could not recognize it at all, but somehow, the unique styles look beautiful and gorgeous.
7. Tanggula Mountain Railway Station, Tibet
If you wish to travel through the World's Highest Train Station then the Tanggula Mountain Railway Station is the destination for you as it is situated at 16,627 feet above the sea level.
Although passengers are not allowed to board at this station as of 2010, many routes on the China railway network still go through here. It is not so common trains to occasionally stop here to wait for other trains to pass, other passengers to enjoy in their mountainous surroundings.
8. Atocha Station, Spain
Originally built in 1851, Atocha Station was the first train station build in Spain's capital city. The station is known for its beautiful and artistic exterior with the Madrid beauty of centuries. The station getting tourist attention due to its new tropical garden.
9. Flinders Street Station
Situated at the intersection of Melbourne's Flinders and Swanston streets, Flinders Street Station's building has been a city pride since 1909. However, the station itself stands back to 1854, counting it the first city train station in Australian history.
With 110,000 passengers using the station each day, the station is the busiest train station as far Southern Hemisphere considers.
10. Luz Station, Brazil: Shipped From the UK to Sao Paulo
Made in 1901, Sao Paulo's Luz Station was actually built in Glasgow, Scotland. From there it was transported to Brazil, and build into the building that still stands today. Its classic Victorian design was built by English architect Henry Driver. Today, it is popularly known as the home of the Museum of the Portuguese Language.
11. Hua Hin Railway Station
This spectacular colorful station building was made by Thailand's Prince Purachatra Jayakara in 1926, though the station itself started back as far as 1910. Though Hua Hin has been a reputed as a seaside destination for many years, today its train station is a tourist attraction for everyone. The station looks spectacular with its traditional Thai aesthetics that is incorporated with Victorian architecture, makes it elegant and one of its kind.
12. Ghum railway station of Darjeeling, North Bengal
Ghum railway station is the best railway station in India and the 14th highest in the world. It is located in Darjeeling toy train railways. It is a small station, yet it is regarded to be one of the most beautiful railway stations in India.