I often used to change trains at Birmingham New Street station. I believe there have been alterations there recently. I hope so. I can’t imagine anyone coming away from the underground 70s place that it used to be and saying, I like railway stations. Ditto Schiphol station, an underground 90s place. Ditto Bern, that we passed through on our recent Swiss tour:
But in general I like railway stations. Last week’s trip was a chance to admire quite a few. Looking over the photos I realise it is obvious what made them admirable: their glass roofs.
Why do big railway stations have such glass in the roof? Why aren’t other public buildings like this?
Brussels, Gare du Midi
Paris, Gare du Nord
Paris, Gare de l’Est