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Old October 22nd, 2008, 11:01 PM   #21
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Picture of Old Penn Station in New York. They built Madison Square Garden on top of it.


Present Day So sad


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Old October 23rd, 2008, 01:39 PM   #22
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Picture of Old Penn Station in New York. They built Madison Square Garden on top of it.


Present Day So sad


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WHAT A CRIME!!!
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Old October 23rd, 2008, 05:01 PM   #23
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St. Enoch Station in Glasgow was demolished in the 60's.





It was replaced with a shopping centre in the 80's. At least they kept the original subway entrance in the middle of the square although there is a new entrance next to it and it's now a cafe nero.





The centre is currently being refurbished into this.

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Old October 23rd, 2008, 10:19 PM   #24
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WHAT A CRIME!!!
The new building is a shit!
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Old October 23rd, 2008, 11:50 PM   #25
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Gone:

from http://www.sullboat.com/GT_images.htm




Replacement opened in 1945, although a few blocks away up hill:

from http://www.sullboat.com/GT_images.htm
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Old October 24th, 2008, 02:00 PM   #26
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The new building is a shit!
indeed, such a travesty. However, the outcry from the demolishing of Penn did lead to more interest in conservation measures, which probably saved Grand Central, so not all was lost.

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Old October 24th, 2008, 06:18 PM   #27
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Indeed, that new building is a crime against history
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Old October 25th, 2008, 10:45 PM   #28
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Did New Yorkers protest the demolition of the old Penn Station?
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Old October 26th, 2008, 05:39 AM   #29
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Euston station in London, including the famous Euston Arch:







Replaced by this monstrous carbuncle in 1963:





Thankfully, the public outcry after the demolition of Euston station stopped the morons at British Rail from demolishing this as well:

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Old October 26th, 2008, 10:03 AM   #30
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I have to admit that Euston station is a shameful replacement for what once was there. Fortunately, there seems to be major plans to completely rebuild it soon, though they should never have destroyed the original buildings.

But although Euston is very unattractive compared to the original station, it is still not desperately ugly. The main waiting hall is still reasonably spacious, light and airy, if just functional and without any form of style. The platforms on the other hand are low and drab.

However, Euston station pales in comparison to the ugly rebuilding of Gare Montparnasse in Paris. This has to be the most awful replacement station I have ever seen. I had the misfortune to need this station in July this year and nothing prepared me for it's breathtakingly ugly station. It makes Euston look quite pleasant in comparison.

I have seen some old photos of Gare Montparnasse but can't find any to post here. Does anyone else have any?
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Old October 26th, 2008, 06:39 PM   #31
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Tesnov train station in Prague (1875 - 1985)

one of the many cultural crimes that the communists did in our country. The worst thing is, there's nothing on the place today, just a small park, so it was completely useless.





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Old October 26th, 2008, 09:36 PM   #32
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Rotterdam Central trainstation was demolished a few weeks/months ago;

The old train station;


Left part demolished to make place for temporary station (blue building);


The new central station;




A new and old picture, it shows the size of the new station (old pic is a few months old);




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Old October 26th, 2008, 10:47 PM   #33
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However, Euston station pales in comparison to the ugly rebuilding of Gare Montparnasse in Paris. This has to be the most awful replacement station I have ever seen. I had the misfortune to need this station in July this year and nothing prepared me for it's breathtakingly ugly station. It makes Euston look quite pleasant in comparison.

I have seen some old photos of Gare Montparnasse but can't find any to post here. Does anyone else have any?
For me Montparnasse is not that ugly once you get inside the building. It has been upgraded in the 90', before the opening of the TGV west (TGV Atlantique), with a nice garden above the tracks. But the whole area has been terribly destroyed in the 70', with the most visible results being the station and the 200m office tower, still hated by many parisiens. Of course it's not specially attractive, specially from the outside, but to my opinion it's much more passenger friendly inside than some older stations like gare de Lyon. Anyway the old Montparnasse station was way to small to cope with the traffic and the building was not a wonder.
But I'm optimistic for the Paris stations future: Paris has always been late to upgrade its rail terminal compared to what has been done in the UK, Germany or even Spain. Now things have changed and a lot of projects are in the pipe, Gare de l'Est has been nicely upgraded, the next one will be Saint Lazare, then gare de Lyon, Austerlitz and may be Montparnasse again later.
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Old October 28th, 2008, 12:53 AM   #34
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Grenoble:

In 1908:





Since 1968:







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However, Euston station pales in comparison to the ugly rebuilding of Gare Montparnasse in Paris. This has to be the most awful replacement station I have ever seen. I had the misfortune to need this station in July this year and nothing prepared me for it's breathtakingly ugly station. It makes Euston look quite pleasant in comparison.
You 're not serious. Montparnasse is awful but nowhere near as bad as Euston.
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Old October 30th, 2008, 01:25 PM   #36
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You 're not serious. Montparnasse is awful but nowhere near as bad as Euston.
I am serious. I found Montparnasse to be much worse than Euston.
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Old October 31st, 2008, 05:58 AM   #37
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Did New Yorkers protest the demolition of the old Penn Station?
City residents didn't realize the horrible mistake they had made by allowing the demolition to take place until after it had occured. Penn Station was torn down in 1963, at the height of the urban renewal craze, which advocated demolishing old buildings and large swaths of the inner city for things like freeways and skyscrapers.
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Old October 31st, 2008, 03:09 PM   #38
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MISC | Demolished stations

This thread is for historic rail termini that still exist but serve as purposes other that rail termini. One example is the former Gare d'Orsay in Paris which is now Musée d'Orsay. There are numerous stations now serve as museums or art galleries. At least they still serve for the public. Are there any stations that have been turned into hotels and serve only to rich people?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gare_d%27Orsay
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus%C3%A9e_d%27Orsay

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamburger_Bahnhof
Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin now Museum für Gegen wart
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Ws older Rotterdam Centraal historic?
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Old November 1st, 2008, 12:29 AM   #40
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threads like this depress me, especially seeing pictures of Penn station....such a crime to tear something like down, especially for the piece of shit that was built in its place. its just as depressing now that the Moynihan station development isn't going as planned, i hate how MSG won't be moved to the back of the farley building and will be renovated instead. anyway thats a rant for a different thread
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