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World's 10 amazing railway stations

Last updated on: January 10, 2013 10:46 IST

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What makes these railway stations unique? Icons of a nation's booming infrastructure, these grand transport hubs have set several records.

Take a look at 10 stations dubbed as 'world's record breakers' by railway-technology.com.

Grand Central Terminal, New York, US

A historical landmark, this 100-year old sprawling transport hub is the world's largest station by number of platforms. It has 44 platforms with 67 tracks along them.

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It took 10 years to build this sprawling railway station spread across an area of 48 acres. Grand Central Terminal is the world's number six most visited tourist attraction.

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Gare du Nord, Paris, France

Gare Du Nord is one of Europe's busiest railway stations in terms of total passengers and the world's second-largest station in terms of passenger capacity.

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The Gare du Nord operates trains to Northern France and to international destinations in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

The station complex was designed by French architect Jacques Hittorff and built between 1861 and 1864.

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Shinjuku Station, Tokyo, Japan

Shinjuku has the distinction of being the the world's most busiest station in terms of daily passengers.

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The station has 36 platforms including an underground arcade and over 200 exits.

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Clapham Junction, London, UK

Clapham Junction is one of Europe's busiest stations in terms of through daily rail traffic.

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At peak times 180 trains per hour pass through of which 117 stop at this station. 

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Image: South West Trains passes through Clapham Junction Station in London.
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Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai, India

Formerly called Victoria Terminus, this railway station is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which serves as the headquarters of the Central Railways in Mumbai.

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Designed by Frederick William Stevens with influences from Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival architecture and Indian (Mughal and Hindu) traditional buildings, the station was built in 1887.

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Image: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station.
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Nagoya Station, Nagoya, Japan

It is one of the world's largest train stations by floor area (410,000 sq m) and houses the headquarters of the Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central).

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The twin-towered station has over 50 stories and a helipad on top.

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Zurich Hauptbahnhof, Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich Hauptbahnhof is the largest railway station in Switzerland. Zurich is a major railway hub, with services to and from across Switzerland and neighbouring European countries such as Germany, Italy, Austria and France.

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Zurich Hauptbahnhof is one of the oldest railway stations in Switzerland and one of the busiest stations in the world.

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Leipzig Hauptbahnhof, Saxony, Germany

Leipzig Hauptbahnhof is one of Europe's largest stations. It is famous for the multi-level concourse with towering stone arches and a 293 metre-long facade. 

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The station opened in 1915 as an important junction between north-to-south and west-to-east German railway lines.


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Penn Station, New York, US

Penn Station is the major intercity train station and a major commuter rail hub in New York City.

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New York's Penn Station is often referred to as North America's busiest station, serving 300,000 passengers a day.

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Tanggula (Dangla) Station, Amdo County, China

Tanggula Station is the highest railway station in the world.

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The railway station has three tracks, one of them served by a platform, and another one served by a very short sub-platform.




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