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The Gare d’Austerlitz (Austerlitz Station), Paris, France

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

The Gare d'Austerlitz (Austerlitz Station) is a railway station in Paris. It is situated on the left bank of the Seine in the southwestern part of the city, in the 13th arrondissement. Since the introduction of the TGV Atlantique — served by the Gare Montparnasse — Austerlitz has lost most of its long-distance southwestern services. It is used by some 25 million passengers annually, about half the number passing through Montparnasse.

The station takes its name from the Czech town Slavkov u Brna (German: Austerlitz). Napoleon Bonaparte defeated the superior numbers of the Third Coalition on December 2, 1805 there in the Battle of Austerlitz. In addition to the train station, the warship Austerlitz of the French Navy and the Quai d'Austerlitz in Paris were named memory of this victory.

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The Gare Montparnasse, Paris, France

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

The Gare Montparnasse is a train station located in the Montparnasse area, in the XIVe arrondissement of Paris, France.

The station is used for the trains to West and South West France, and the TGV to Tours, Bordeaux, Nantes. There is also a metro station. There is a high-speed travelator on trial.

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Gare Saint-Lazare railway station, Paris, France

March 8th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Gare Saint-Lazare is Paris' busiest railway station.

St Lazare which was first situated 200m to the North west of its current position and called Embarcadère des Bâtignoles. The station was inaugurated by Marie-Amélie (wife of Louis-Philippe, King of France) on 24 August 1837. The first line served by St Lazare station was the single track line to St Germain-en-Laye. In 1843 St Lazare was the terminus for 3 lines, by 1900 this number had tripled. The station had 14 platforms in 1854 after several enlargements and now possesses 27 platforms sorted in 6 destination groups. On 27 April 1924 the close suburban lines were elctrified with third rail 750V. The same lines were electrified in overhead 25KV in the 1960s.

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Euston Station, London, England

March 8th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Euston station, also known as London Euston, is a major railway station to the north of central London and in the London Borough of Camden. It is one of seventeen UK railway stations managed by Network Rail, whose main offices are above the station.

It is connected to Euston tube station and near to Euston Square tube station of the London Underground. All stations are in Travelcard Zone 1.

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Victoria Station, London, England

March 8th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Victoria station in London is a London Underground and National Rail station in the City of Westminster. It is in Travelcard Zone 1.

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Birmingham New Street railway station, Birmingham, England

February 28th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Birmingham New Street is a major railway station located in the centre of the city of Birmingham, England.

New Street is Birmingham's main railway station, and is a major hub of the British railway system. Due to its central location, railway lines from all over Great Britain run into it including lines to London, Manchester, Scotland, Wales, Bristol, Penzance, Nottingham, Leicester, Shrewsbury and Newcastle.

The station is also a terminus for many local services from throughout the West Midlands conurbation. Including the local Cross City railway line, servicing Lichfield, Redditch and stations in between. Direct trains run to more stations from New Street than from any other station on the British railway network. 31 million people pass through New Street station every year. It is one of 17 British railway stations managed by Network Rail.

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Liverpool Lime Street railway station, Liverpool, England

February 28th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

In the early days of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, the Liverpool terminus was located at Crown Street, in Edge Hill, officially opened in 1830. Construction of a purpose-built station began in October 1833, the land being purchased from Liverpool Council for £9000. A tunnel was constructed between Edge Hill and the new station (starting in 1832, prior to station construction), and the station was opened to the public in August of 1836, although construction was not completed until the following year. Because of the steep incline between Lime Street and Edge Hill, trains were stopped at Edge Hill, their locomotives removed, and the passenger carriages taken down by gravity, descent controlled by brakemen. The return journey was achieved by using a stationary engine to haul the carriages up with rope.

Within six years, the rapid growth of the railways meant that the original station needed to be extended, and a plan was made to erect an iron roof similar to that found at Euston station in London, ridge roofs supported by iron columns; however, Richard Turner and William Fairburn submitted a design for a single curved roof, which won the approval of the station committee. The work cost £15,000, and was completed in 1849. The station was one of the first to send mail by train. A second roof was added in the 1880s. The North Western Hotel was built in front of the station - this still stands, having been converted to accommodation for students of Liverpool John Moores University.

Lime Street was part of the first stage of electrification of the West Coast Main Line in 1959. In 1966, the station saw the launch of the first InterCity service.

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Railway station Stazione Porta Nuova, Turin, Italy

February 12th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Railway station in Turin