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A strange title for a photograph perhaps, but so began the questioning by the York Railway Station security guard. What was I doing taking photographs in the place? Once I explained that I found the architecture of the old Victorian station lovely, he let me carry on snapping! I have passed through this station on several occasions and love the sweeping curves of the glazed roofs and cast iron columns.

When the station opened in 1877 the local newspaper waxed lyrical on the subject. “Never since the building of the glorious Minster centuries ago had so immense and noble a structure reared its head in York” (The Yorkshire Gazette June 1877)
When the new station opened in 1877 it was the largest station in the country and seen by many as “a monument to extravagance”. By 1910, however, 352 trains per day were running through York and the platforms had grown to be nearly 1700 ft long.
York Station was built as part of the infrastructure of the North Eastern Railway, with through trains for the first time at York. It is complex of train shed, station buildings and an hotel. At the time, it was the largest railway station in the world.

The major structure is the train shed. This is built on a sharp curve, with three rows of cast iron columns supporting wrought iron girders. The side walls are of brick, and the plan length of the shed varies between 228.6m and 259.1m

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Viewed: 1988
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