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The Barlow shed at St Pancras is having all its glass restored, which should make it lighter and brighter than we've known it for many years. Can't say I particularly like the flat canopies in front of it over the extended platforms, however - doesn't go with the curved roof of the old station.
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Thanks for those. Certainly has more character than the Berlin one, in my opinion. I rather like the effect on the roof in the daytime aerial shot (2nd picture) of what look like several pairs of tracks running parallell to the real ones.
Strikes me as a cross between the supporting structures at Stansted airport, in Essex, part of the stands at Lord's Cricket ground and something of the 'Eurostar' section of Waterloo station in London.

It does seem to me that as the railways compete for airline passengers, the stations are being made to look more like airport buildings, perhaps to make convertees feel more at home?

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PS Does anyone else beside me detest the huge rise in references to 'Train Stations' rather than 'Railway Stations' - ugh!
 

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At least the Spencer Street station is still recognisable as a station and has some degree of character to differentiate from the adjacent office blocks, which I don't think the Berlin one does.

But who is going to be the first to model either one of them.....


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The (London) Evening Standard has a paragraph in it tonight (June 8th) about the lack of loos. I quote:

Station bosses caught short
The biggest railway station in Europe only has one public lavatory. Berlin's £480 million Hauptbahnhof opened last month. But the 30,000 passengers who use it each day are already complaining about the lack of facilities. Station spokesperson Holger Auferkamp said: "we realise there is a problem and are now planning to build a second set of toilets."

Is it really the 'biggest in Europe'? It only seems to have 6 platforms, which looks rather less than Waterloo, Clapham Junction or even York. (Don't think the curve at Berlin is quite as sharp as York!) Or do they count the volume of the blocks over the station as part of the station, even if they are offices?

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