While it is often said of train travel that the journey is the destination, at some point passengers need to either get aboard or leave that train. Railway Depots, Stations & Terminals (2015), published by Voyageur Press on October 1st, looks at those places of arrival and departure.
In this book, railway historian, writer & photographer Brian Solomon explores the history and architecture of famous and note-worthy railroad stations. Combining text, current photographs and historic images, Solomon surveys the ways that stations have functioned as the entrance to a city, a place to rest, and the last point of interaction with a community.
At 176 pages, Railway Depots, Stations & Terminals is divided into five chapters – “The Glory of The Great American Terminals”, “Railroad Depots and Small City Stations”, “Stations Remembered”, “Glory, Decline, and Rebirth”, and “Overseas Wonders”. The book includes 157 color and 30 black-and-white photos.
The above front cover of the book features the newly-refurbished Union Station in Denver, Colorado, which re-opened in 2014 after four years of extensive renovations. The Denver station began operating in 1881, with the current building first finished in 1914.
This writer has only ever travelled to Denver by train and can attest to the role that the new Union Station now plays as a cultural and social hub for downtown Denver. The station was recently awarded a 2015 Urban Land Institute Global Award for Excellence. In addition to hosting Amtrak, Union Station features a high-end hotel, restaurants, food and coffee shops, bars, retail outlets, and meeting space. This station, not to mention Denver itself, can make it hard to catch your train on time….or was that just me. 😉
Further information about Railway Depots, Stations & Terminals can be found at the Voyageur Press link Railway Stations.
(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)