It’s a huge love affair. The feeling of train stations. Newer ones aren’t as sexy, but that pulse of people moving places and massive engines engaged around me remains. There is a wondrous sense of travel, time and motion in train stations, even in the hubbub of a morning commute, that never feels as strained as that in an airport. Time becomes the maleable element. There’s little fanfare when the California Zephyr is late. In fact, it might shock everyone if her silvery self arrived on time. Where else do we so willing accept that there is a rhythm we can’t effect and casually grab some coffee and take a seat? Few places, whether within us or external to us, are like this in our lives. We are all in a tremendous hurry. To where? Who knows? Most of us can tick off places and times on some schedule, but could hardly tell you what cracks a whip, so persistently in our minds, to make us move faster.
In the United States the name of all the main train stations remains Union Station. I find a cozy comfort in this, too. A familiarity that fills you the moment you walk through their doors. They are timeless places hawking to eras long since past, and yet, here I am like thousands of others partaking of the stone and glass. Thousands long dead and vanished in the dust that swirls upon the early morning tracks invite me in. Train stations are, for me, time machines for touching on the life force of dreamers.
2 thoughts on “The Station: Part I”
Enjoyed this post. “Newer ones aren’t as sexy” <— how true, you're probably being a bit polite too. Your points in the first paragraph are why I think the self-driving cars will be hugely popular. Being able to just sit and read? Nice.
I never had the benefit of working somewhere that was easily accessible by train, but I would hazard a guess it's not a bad way to commute (crowded subways notwithstanding). Great pictures too Noelle, the architecture was more special then.
I have enough photos for a few posts. My photo club did an event there at the crack of dawn. Great light and wonderful coffee.