Train stations: Then and now

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Slide 1 of 29: Mandatory Credit: Photo by Philip Silverman/REX/Shutterstock (4903039t) Glenfinnan viaduct, Glenfinnan, Lochaber Scotland, Britain - Jul 2015
Slide 2 of 29: Title: 29. Photocopy of photograph (Courtesy of B. &. O. Railroad) Date unknown, apparently ca. 1915 INTERIOR, WAITING ROOM - Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast, Washington, District of Columbia, DC Medium: 5 x 7 in. Reproduction Number: HABS DC,WASH,536--29 Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on images made by the U.S. Government; images copied from other sources may be restricted. (http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/res/114_habs.html) Call Number: HABS DC,WASH,536--29 Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Slide 3 of 29: WASHINGTON, USA - APRIL 27 2017 - washington union station internal view. Train station renewed is one of the most traffic train station in Maryland; Shutterstock ID 687179239; Purchase Order: -
Slide 4 of 29: Vue de la gare du Nord à Paris au XIXè Siècle, France. (Photo by API/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Slide 5 of 29: Gare du Nord
Slide 6 of 29: UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 21:  With its elegant train shed designed by William Barlow and the magnificent frontage of Sir George Gilbert Scott's (1811-1878) Midland Grand Hotel, St Pancras was the most ornate of London's termini. The hotel, however, proved difficult to adapt to the needs of the twentieth century and was converted to offices eight years after this photograph was taken. Official Midland & Scottish Railway photograph.  (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
Slide 7 of 29: LONDON - JULY 2013: The ornate St. Pancras railway station hotel has been renovated to restore its Victorian grandeur, as seen in London in July 2013.; Shutterstock ID 274775393; Purchase Order: -
Slide 8 of 29: The Railway station, Dunedin, New Zealand, circa 1925. Designed by George Troup in the Flemish style, it was opened in 1906. (Photo by S.C. Smith/Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Slide 9 of 29: New Zealand: Dunedin, city of the Otago Region,  in the South Island. The railway station built in the Edwardian Baroque style. (Photo by: Andia/UIG via Getty Images)
Slide 10 of 29: The facade of the Central Railway Station at Helsinki, designed by Eliel Saarinen in 1904 and completed in 1914.   (Photo by Nepea/Getty Images)
Slide 11 of 29: HELSINKI, FINLAND - JUNE 19, 2017: Helsinki Central railway station (Rautatieasema, architect Eliel Saarinen, 1919) with neo classical clock tower and stone figures holding lamps.; Shutterstock ID 676225486; Purchase Order: -
Slide 12 of 29: Haidar Pasha railway station (Haydarpasa Terminal) on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, circa 1910. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Slide 13 of 29: ISTANBUL, TURKEY - OCTOBER 24, 2014 : Haydarpasa railway terminal in the Asian part of Istanbul, Turkey; Shutterstock ID 241994722; Purchase Order: -
Slide 14 of 29: A view of Victoria Station, Mumbai (Bombay), circa 1920. Built in 1888 to a design by Frederick William Stevens, it is now known as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Slide 15 of 29: India, Maharashtra, Mumbai (Bombay), Victoria Terminus railways station or Chhatrapati Shivaji
Slide 16 of 29: The domed Flinders Street Station building stands on a corner of St. Kilda Road which connects central Melbourne with the seaside suburb of St. Kilda. (Photo by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Slide 17 of 29: Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 22 2015: Flinders street station the iconic landmark of Melbourne in the morning time, Australia.; Shutterstock ID 322885631; Purchase Order: -
Slide 18 of 29: Interior of Grand Central train station, showing a nearly empty concourse area.
Slide 19 of 29: Grand Central Station, New York City, USA
Slide 20 of 29: Canal Street Facade, Chicago Union Station, Illinois, 1926
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Slide 22 of 29: circa 1890:  Lime Street Railway Station at Liverpool.  (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
Slide 23 of 29: LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 11 2015: Liverpool Lime street station; Shutterstock ID 685390378; Purchase Order: -
Slide 24 of 29: The Old Train Station In Downtown Richmond, Virginia Was Built In 1901 And Is A United States National Historic Landmark
Slide 25 of 29: Mandatory Credit: Photo by F A Archive/REX/Shutterstock (6044519hf) Main Street Station, 1520 East Main St., Richmond, Independent City, Virginia. The Main Street Station, one of the few French Renaissance buildings in Richmond, exemplifies a standard train station plan of the late-19th century. Designed by Wilson, Harris & Richards of Philadelphia, PA, who also designed the Pennsylvania-Reading Station, the station was a very busy travel center of the city during the heyday of passenger service. Photographed after 1933 Art - various
Slide 26 of 29: A view of Norwich railway station, circa 1925. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Slide 27 of 29: 2007 Mandatory Credit: Photo by Alex Segre/REX/Shutterstock (692913bi) Norwich train station, Norfolk, England, Britain Various
Slide 28 of 29: Santa Fe Railroad Station, San Diego
Slide 29 of 29: SAN DIEGO, USA - JUNE 11, 2012: famous Union Station in San Diego, USA. The Spanish Colonial Revival style station opened on March 8, 1915 as Santa Fe Depot.; Shutterstock ID 1053351464; Purchase Order: -

Take a look at these centers of travel as they were and as they are today.

Union Station in Washington, D.C., US: 1915

Union Station in Washington, D.C., opened in 1907, completed in April 1908, and was designed by architect Daniel H. Burnham.

Union Station in Washington, D.C., US: 2017

Union Station today serves as Amtrak’s headquarters as well as operating as it’s second busiest station. 

Gare du Nord in Paris, France: Circa late-1800s

Construction of Gare du Nord began in 1846 but it got a major uplift in 1861 when architect Jacques Hittorf designed a facade, in a modern neoclassical style, decorated with 23 statues by famous sculptors.

Gare du Nord in Paris, France: 2016

Today, Gare du Nord is one of Europe’s busiest train station with over 200 million passengers going through its doors every year.

St. Pancras in London, UK: 1927

With its elegant train shed designed by William Barlow and the magnificent frontage of Sir George Gilbert Scott’s Midland Grand Hotel, St Pancras was the most ornate of London’s rail terminals. The hotel, however, proved difficult to adapt to the needs of the 20th century and was converted to offices eight years after this photograph was taken.

St. Pancras in London, UK: 2013

Dunedin railway station in New Zealand: 1925

Dunedin railway station in New Zealand: 2016

Central railway station in Helsinki, Finland: 1950

Central railway station in Helsinki, Finland: 2017

Haydarpaşa railway station in Istanbul, Turkey: Circa 1910

Haydarpaşa railway station, on the Bosphorus, opened in 1872

Haydarpaşa railway station in Istanbul, Turkey: 2014

Mumbai’s Victoria Terminus, India: 1920

Mumbai’s Victoria Terminus, India: 2017

Flinders Street Station in St. Kilda, Australia: 1920

Flinders Street Station in St. Kilda, Australia: 2015

Grand Central Station in New York City: Circa 1910

The iconic American landmark was built in 1903.

Grand Central Station in New York City: 2017

Chicago’s Union Station, Illinois, US: 1926

Chicago’s Union Station, Illinois, US: 2016

Liverpool Lime Street station, UK: 1890

Liverpool Lime Street station, UK: 2015

Main Street Station in Richmond, Virginia, US: 1970

Main Street Station in Richmond, Virginia, US: 2012

Norwich Railway Station in Norfolk, UK: 1925

Norwich Railway Station in Norfolk, UK: 2007

Santa Fe Depot, San Diego, California, US: 1965

San Diego’s landmark structure was originally built to welcome visitors to the 1915 Panama-California Exposition.

Santa Fe Depot, San Diego, California, US: 2012

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