A train station or railway station (also called a railroad station, rail station, or depot) is a place where passengers can get on and off trains and/or goods may be loaded or unloaded.
Early stations were usually built to handle passengers and goods. Today, goods are usually only unloaded at big stations. Stations are next to a railway line, or they are the terminus for a route. Usually there are platforms to let passengers get on and off the train easily and safely. Many stations have things such as shelters, ticket sales and benches.
The busiest railway station in the world is Shinjuku Station in Tokyo, Japan. The largest station is Nagoya Station in Nagoya, Japan. The busiest station in Europe is Clapham Junction in south London in the United Kingdom. At peak times, there is one train every 13 seconds there.
Different types of railway stations[change | change source]
Luxulyan railway station in Cornwall, a very basic railway station. Trains stop only on request. People who want to get off here must tell this to train staff. The station is used by about 1.000 people per year.
Terminal station (one of six in Paris). Trains that go through (and do not terminate) here must change direction. On the other hand, people can walk from one track to another without the need to cross tracks.
Shinjuku is the busiest railway station in the world. It is in Tokyo. On an average day, 3.6 million people use it. This is what it looks like during rush hour.
Station facilities[change | change source]
Railway stations usually have either ticketbooths, or ticket machines. Ticket sales can also be together with an informationdesk or a shop. Many stations have a shop or a kiosk.
Bigger stations often have fast-food or restaurants. In some countries these stations also have a bar, or a pub. Other station facilities are: toilets, luggage rooms, lost-and-found (lost property office), timetables, trolleys, waiting rooms, taxi ranks and bus stops.
A railway station is a place where trains stop. Here people, who have to alight, get down the train and those who have to go, get into the train. Some stations are small and some big.
The big railway stations occupy a large area. Along the railway lines there are several platforms. On the main platform there is the station building. In it there are booking-offices where tickets of different classes are issued. There are offices where parcels and goods are booked and delivered. There are refreshment room, retiring rooms, and waiting rooms for passengers of each class and office-rooms for different officials of the railway department. There is also a telegraph office. There are separate waiting rooms for males and females.
On the platform there is also a book-stall where books and newspapers are sold. There are also tea-stalls on the platforms. One or more over-bridges connect the various platforms. Owing to them the passengers have no difficulty in going from one platform to another.
Place full of Life
The railway station is a very interesting place. It is always full of life and excitement. It is seldom dull and noiseless. People are always moving-either getting down from the trains or getting into them.
Scene at Railway Station when the train arrives
The scene becomes all the livelier when a train steams in. there is no end of noise and bustle. Everybody is on his legs. Passengers run about to get the most convenient seats. Coolies run to carry luggage. Vendors of sweets, tea, betel, ground-nut, etc., run about to sell their articles and wares. Shoulders rub against shoulders, and there is a good deal of pushing, joisting and elbowing.
People can move to distance places by catching a train from the railway station. The railway station helps us to come across people of different provinces, wearing different costumes, and speaking different languages. Here we also see various sights and gain much worldly experience.
The railway station wears a deserted appearance when all the trains have left. Then there is a lull for some time. At train-time the station begin to hum with life again. This goes on forever. It is the regular feature of a railway station.
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