Jack’s Walk


I love to travel by train and this old rail station always makes me feel as if I’m on a grand adventure.

Interior Union Station

Grand Concourse Hall Union Station

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  1. Ice Swimmer says

    An impressive looking place. High ceilings seen to go together with old big railway stations.

  2. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    The train station in Battle Creek has been turned into a long, thin, restaurant. A fine place to dine when going “home”, and good food healthful alternatves at a reasonable price.

  3. quotetheunquote says

    I haven’t been in the Concourse for many, many years, but I used pass through it from time to time -- back when I was in uni at Waterloo, and some of my family lived in Toronto. The “loft” is, indeed, impressive, and so are the acoustics. Even though it’s been decades, I can still hear the departure announcements ringing in my head:

    “Bong- BAHNG-bong-bong! Via train, bound for Brampton, Georgetown, Guelph, Kitchener, London, Strath-roy,* aaaaand Windsor is now departing from plat-form fiiiiive.”

    *For some reason, the announcer always made sure to draw out the name “Strath-roy,” as if to make damn sure you were aware that there were two syllables there.

  4. rq says

    I love Union Station. I love the sound of it from the inside, and the feeling of anticipation -- which is pretty much, as Lofty said, the magic that is train trips. And yes, more passenger rail -- in the US, in Canada, everywhere with bad rail infrastructure. Though they don’t build the stations like they used to, the Central Station here is a modern atrocity (but it works, I guess -- see here for a brief photo history; another view of the modern outside -- the inside looks like a shopping mall but more ragged around the edges and dirtier).

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