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Celebrating Train Stations

Union Pacific Train Station in Lawrence, Kansas (Webmaster)

Even if you aren't an avid rail fan, you'll surely admire the beautiful architecture that abounds in vintage railway stations around the world.

When my husband and I lived in Lawrence, Kansas, we started taking pictures of stations near our home. Two primary railroads paralleled one another as they made their way across the state, the Union Pacific and the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe. Neither built stations to compete with the grand stations of Europe or even New York, but they were quite astounding in their own right.

This Queen Anne Victorian station was built by the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe in Ottawa, Kansas. The tracks no longer run here, but the station still enjoys life as a railway museum. The floors are still wooden, and the platform is built of bricks made by regional brick works.

Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Depot in Ottawa, Kansas (Webmaster)

The Union Pacific Depot in Abilene, Kansas, reflects the Spanish Hacienda style, including its use of a red tile roof and Spanish tiles. Abilene was the birthplace of President Dwight David Eisenhower.

Union Pacific Depot in Abilene, Kansas (Webmaster)

Now, let's move out into the world and see some of the grander stations from around the world:

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