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Helsinki Central railway station, Helsinki, Finland

November 4th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Helsinki Central railway station is a widely recognised landmark in central Helsinki, Finland, and the focal point of public transport in the Greater Helsinki area. It serves as the point of origin for all trains in the local VR commuter rail network, as well as for a large proportion of long-distance trains in Finland. The station also hosts the Rautatientori metro station, which is the busiest station of the Helsinki Metro.

The railway station is used by approximately 200,000 customers per day.

The station is mostly built out of Finnish granite, and its distinguishing features are its clock tower and the two pairs of statues holding the lamps on either side of the main entrance. The statues have recently been featured in some major advertising campaigns by Finland's government-owned railway operator VR.

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Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof, Karlsruhe, Germany

October 4th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof - main railway station in Karlsruhe.

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Union Station, Los Angeles, USA

September 22nd, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Union Station in Los Angeles, which opened in May 1939, is known as the "Last of the Great Railway Stations" built in the United States, but even with its massive and ornate waiting room and adjacent ticket concourse, it is considered small in comparison to other union stations. It was formerly designated the Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal (LAUPT), but its current owner, Catellus Development, officially changed the name to Los Angeles Union Station (LAUS).

The facility served as a backdrop for the 1950 film Union Station, which starred William Holden and Nancy Olson. Many television shows and motion pictures have incorporated the station as a backdrop, including Speed, Pearl Harbor, Blade Runner, Star Trek: First Contact, and the Fox television series 24.

Union Station is located opposite L.A.'s historic Olvera Street.

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Berlin Hauptbahnhof - main railway station in Berlin, Germany

September 18th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Hauptbahnhof is the German term for "main railway station", and is used to designate the principal passenger railway station of major towns and cities which have multiple stations. In Germany and Austria the word is abbreviated to "Hbf" in timetables, while the equivalent abbreviation in Switzerland is "HB", e.g. Berlin Hbf, Innsbruck Hbf, Zürich HB.

The only German city to contain two Hauptbahnhöfe within the city limits is Mönchengladbach, which has Mönchengladbach Hbf and Rheydt Hbf following the unification of the two towns.

Many neighbouring countries similarly indicate their towns' main railway station, e.g. hlavní nádraží (abbreviated hl. n.) in Czech, Centraal Station (abbreviated CS) in Dutch, Główny in Polish, and Hovedbanegard in Danish.

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Nadodrze Railway Station, Wroclaw, Poland

August 19th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Nadodrze Railway Station in Wroclaw. Build in 1868.

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Main railway station in Prague, Czech

March 10th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Main railway station in Prague.

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Stockholm Central Station

March 10th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Stockholm Central Station

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The Gare de Lyon, Paris, France

March 10th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Gare de Lyon is a major railway station in Paris, France. It is named after the city of Lyon, the final destination of many of the long-distance trains departing from its platforms. In principle the station's SNCF services run to the south and east of France. The station also hosts regional trains, RER and metro lines.

The station was built for the World Exposition of 1900. Built on multiple levels, it is considered a classic example of the architecture of its time. Most notable is the large clock tower atop one corner of the station, similar in style to the clock tower of the UK Houses of Parliament, home to Big Ben.

The station houses a well known restaurant, Le Train Bleu, which has served drinks and meals to travellers and other guests since 1901 in an ornately-decorated setting.

On June 27th 1988, a runaway train crashed into a stationary rush-hour train killing 56 people and injuring a further 55.

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