Abandoned Train Stations

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Pub Date 14 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 08 Jul 2022
Amber Books Ltd, Amber Books

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Description

Mysterious ghost stations forgotten beneath the cities of Paris and London; desolate grand rail hubs in the Pyrenean mountains; metro stations in China that terminate in a wasteland; Abandoned Train Stations looks at some of the thousands of disused station buildings, platforms, lines, tunnels, and rail yards left behind by modernity. Organised by continent, this book takes the reader to every corner of the globe. Explore Canfranc International Railway Station, once a busy mountain hub of international travel between France and Spain; see the eerily empty platform at Kings Cross Thameslink, London, today a service tunnel following the station’s closure in the early 2000s; examine the grandiose Michigan Central Train Station in Detroit, an historic Amtrak rail depot, and once the tallest rail station in the world; marvel at the dusty, overgrown shell of Abkhazia’s once beautiful railway station in Psyrtskha, a physical legacy of the former Soviet era in the Caucasus; see the disused Tiwanaku train station, situated almost 4,000 metres above sea level in the Bolivian Andes; or learn about the fascinating Istvántelek Train Yard, in the Hungarian capital of Budapest, better known as the ‘Red Star train graveyard’ because of its many Soviet-era engine wrecks. Illustrated with more than 200 photographs, Abandoned Train Stations provides a fascinating pictorial journey through the little-known remnants of rail transport infrastructure from every part of the world.

Mysterious ghost stations forgotten beneath the cities of Paris and London; desolate grand rail hubs in the Pyrenean mountains; metro stations in China that terminate in a wasteland; Abandoned Train...


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EDITION Other Format
ISBN 9781838861995
PRICE £19.99 (GBP)
PAGES 224

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Featured Reviews

Amber Books continues its photo book series of abandoned places. Other books have include abandoned islands, castles and places from the two World Wars. Abandoned Train Stations is a coffee table photo book focusing on abandoned train stations from around the world. The photos includes blurbs giving a description and a bit of information. Unlike places abandoned because of war, trains stations are usually decommissioned because of changes in methods of travel. Most of the photos are of stations from small towns that are no longer part of larger current train systems. Many are boarded up others have been kept as museums or have been refurbished to be part of the community. There is a wide variety of building styles and time periods represented. The book is broken into sections by continents. This is for a traveler or rail road enthusiast. I was very interested in glancing through it but didn’t find many places that made me thing I must see this in person. Thank you to NetGalley and Amber Books for the temporary eARC in exchange for a review. (4.5 stars)

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If you love photographs of abandoned places, this book of abandoned train stations will be right up your alley. The photography is amazing and the information is very interesting. This is a book that would be a lovely coffee table book, as well as a book to have on your shelf, to pull out and glance through more than once.

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If you like abandoned places, this book is perfect. Abandoned Train Stations by David Ross is a collection of photographs of abandoned train stations across the world. All the photos are beautifully presented with a brief description. I love seeing these photos showing their stories of its time and cultures, and it is certainly a great adventure without traveling to these sites myself. It is definitely amazing to see why these sites differ in architectural styles, reasons behind the "retirement," and many more!

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Abandoned Train Stations by David Ross is a hauntingly beautiful coffee table book. Definitely an excellent addition to any library as well as living room decor.

The photographs are organized by continents with explanatory captions for each picture. These captions highlight a bit of the history and/or current state of the station and the railway on which it sits.

I tend to enjoy these types of books for a couple of reasons, one of which makes this an excellent book for me. Both for when I have guests and, frankly, just because I like to have fun with displaying books, I arrange coffee and end table books with a purpose. Often that purpose is only visible to me, but such is life. I sometimes (usually when I am having guests who tend toward conversation on a range of topics) like to leave one book open to a particularly intriguing photograph, whether because of its beauty or because it hints at some other subject. I then place a couple of related books to that page on the table(s) as well. Because this book has images of desolate abandoned stations as well as urban, completely abandoned as well as reappropriated, I can place books that are on completely different topics nearby based on whether I use an urban or a rural station. I have several urban decay books that would work well, as well as one on the old Domino Sugar plant which would make an interesting juxtaposition.

I would recommend this to anyone with an interest in trains and railroad lines as well as anyone more interested in photography of deserted places and buildings. The variety of stations included keeps this from being a repetitive book, well, aside from the theme of abandoned stations.

Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via NetGalley.

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Perfect for people into programmes like The Architecture of the Railways, Secrets of the London Underground or Abandoned Engineering.. Packed full of wonderful photos of these forgotten locations.

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