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9 train stations with unforgettable architecture

By: Josh Lew on Nov. 2, 2015, 1:35 p.m.
Atocha Station in Madrid

Photo: Yulia Grigoryeva/Shutterstock

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Worth missing the train

Rail travel has come a long way over the years. Trundling locomotives have given way to high-speed rail with passenger cars furnished like the business-class section of an airliner.

But one aspect of train travel hasn't changed: the stations still provide some of the most interesting architecture in the world.

Even those who've never ridden on a train are familiar with New York City's Grand Central Station, and there are other railway hubs that are just as eye-catching, like the tropical garden of Atocha Station in Madrid shown here. Some are modern creations, others have been faithfully renovated to preserve the past — but all of them are worth a look.