The Anonymous Widower

Around Antwerp Station

I took these pictures of the magnificent Antwerp station in the evening light.

I certainly haven’t seen a better station in Belgium.

May 15, 2018 Posted by | Transport | , , , , | Leave a comment

A Triple Decker Station

Antwerp Central railway station is considered one of best stations in the world.

In fact Newsweek called it the “4th most beautiful station in the world”. They rated Saint Pancras first, Grand Central in New York second, and in Chhatrapati Shivaji in Mumbai third. So I’ve now seen the top four!

Antwerp Central Station

Antwerp Central Station

It isn’t as old as some stations having been built between 1895 and 1905 and it was originally a terminus.

Antwerp Central Station - Trainshed

Antwerp Central Station – Trainshed

This view shows the outside of the enormous trainshed.

Inside it is no less spectacular and extremely unusual in that through trains between Brussels and Holland, now pass in a deep level station underneath the original.

Antwerp Central Station - Inside of the Trainshed

Antwerp Central Station – Inside of the Trainshed

When you look down, you see all three levels of platforms.

Antwerp Central Station - Three Levels

Antwerp Central Station – Three Levels

The train in the picture is a Thalys, one of the high-speed trains between Paris and Amsterdam.  Unfortunately at present they dawdle from Brussels onwards.

Antwerp Central Station - Looking Up

Antwerp Central Station – Looking Up

Note how it is good blend of traditional and modern.

August 8, 2009 Posted by | Transport | , , , | 4 Comments