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Pictured here is a shot of part of Glasgow Central train station in the heart of Glasgow, Scotland.

Though it would be much more popular to show the beautiful fašade of this fine station, this scene caught my eye because of the play of light from inside the building with the sun beaming down from above and creating a silhouette on the non glass parts.

The station itself is huge, carrying over 38 million passengers a year. Opened in 1879 north of the river Clyde, the station originally had 8 platforms. However, congestion saw redevelopment in 1890 and 1896 to extend it to serve new lines.

Between 1901 and 1905 the station was rebuilt and extended over the top of Argyle street. This is the view in the shot here, and Argyle street runs underneath what we can see in this picture. This is the glass walled bridge that is one of the notable features of the stations redevelopment, and this feature is known as the "Hielanman's Umbrella".

Further redevelopment work in the 1980's 1990's and eary 2000's saw the station become the urban centre it is today, housing not only the rail lines servicing these millions of people but also a beautiful concourse filled with shops and cafes, as well as a hotel, nightclub, theatre, gallery and a number of restaurants.

The central hotel, which is part of the station would be one of the more famous views of the station. The Gordon street entrance to the station is underneath the Central Hotel which was designed in Queen Anne style by Robert Roward Anderson. The hotel was completed in 1883 and at the time was one of the most exclusive hotels in the city. Its finery is still apparent today and it makes a beautiful fašade to the station.


The view I took is a lesser seen one, and it taken from where Union Street meets Jamaica Street at the junction of Argyle street.

Thanks for looking!

Edit : DOH! I've chosen the wrong country. Sincere apologies Moderators.... This is Scotland in the UK, not Ireland. Sorry. I don't believe there is a state / county applicable to Glasgow, I think it just comes under Glasgow. I've reported the location as a problem.

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