by Station Aficionado
NellieBly wrote:The shed at Richmond Main Street covered some stub tracks that ended at the headhouse. They were used for trains from the north or west terminating in Richmond. SAL trains stopped at platforms west of the shed, and C&O trains for Newport News at platforms east of the shed.You can see some pictures of the Bangkok station here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/[email protected]/ (but look soon, as the pictures will get pushed down the queue as new snaps are added).
There are lots of balloon trainsheds elsewhere in the world. St. Pancras in London has an especially nice one, and King's Cross (also in London) has a pair of cast iron barrel vaults that are very impressive. The shed at York is not only a ballon shed, it's located on a curve -- the only one of its kind, I think. In Europe, Koln, Frankfurt, and the Gare Austerlitz in Paris have nice arched trainsheds. Fraunkfurt has five arches.
Milan Centrale has a huge balloon shed. So does Madrid Atocha, but it's not used for trains anymore. There are palm trees in it.
A couple of the Buenos Aires stations have sheds, as I recall, but they are not the classic American "balloon" sheds.
Hualampong Station in Bangkok has a low arched shed that looks somewhat like St. Louis. It was built by the French.
In addition to York, the shed at Liverpool Lime Street is curved (slightly)--got to see them both this past summer.