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Old June 19th, 2015, 03:34 PM   #1
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MISC | The World's Oldest Grand Railway Terminal In Use

I'm trying to establish which railway grand terminal is the world's oldest. I am particularly interested in grand stations - i.e. a/the principle railway station of a major city. I know the oldest non-terminal station in continuous use (Edge Hill, Liverpool, UK - 15 September 1830). I'm trying to find the oldest grand terminal.

The one to beat is Lime Street Station, Liverpool, UK which opened on 15th August 1836:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liverp...ailway_station

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Anyone got any examples of older grand terminals, and if so, have they been in continuous use?
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Old June 19th, 2015, 08:37 PM   #2
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Masarykovo nádraží (then just Prag) in Prague has been in use since 1845.












https://cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%A...C5%99e%C5%BEka
This station has been built in 1930 on then the horsecar, now being part of the station Praha - Dejvice. But I don't think that it has been operational the whole time. In any way it is not a station building anymore. It just belongs to the station.



There are also station buildings in Bujanov, 1832 (CZ) and in Gmunden 1834 (AT) on the Linz - České Budějovice horsecar line (AT/CZ 1827) that are comprised in the current stations.

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Old June 20th, 2015, 08:12 AM   #3
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I have a question: Are you looking for the architecture or operations?

Take Harrisburg, PA, USA, for example. This station is the third on the site, dating to 1887, the first having been constructed in 1837. This appears to be the oldest major American railroad station in continuous use as such (although there a couple of other station sites on the East Coast that might be able to compete).

And even in terms of the oldest terminal structure still being used as such in the United States, Harrisburg has a claim anyway! Not too many of those old Victorian stations still in use.


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Old June 20th, 2015, 11:09 AM   #4
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That's very nice railways terminal shows in that picture as you have mentioned that it was formed in 1836.
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I have a question: Are you looking for the architecture or operations?
I'm looking for operations rather that the same physical buildings. Given the length of time the station's physical structure is likely to have been rebuilt a number of times.
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