Helsingin rautatieasema, Helsinki Central Station
Posted by: bockyPT
N 60° 10.248 E 024° 56.487
35V E 385783 N 6672213
Quick Description: Helsinki Central railway station, the focal point of public transport in the Greater Helsinki area.
Date Posted: 5/30/2010 3:12:33 PM
Waymark Code: WM8YB8
Helsinki Central railway station (Finnish: Helsingin rautatieasema, Swedish: Helsingfors järnvägsstation) is a widely recognised landmark in central Helsinki, Finland, and the focal point of public transport in the Greater Helsinki area. The station is used by approximately 200,000 passengers per day, making it Finland's most-visited building. It serves as the point of origin for all trains in the local VR commuter rail network, as well as for a large proportion of long-distance trains in Finland. The station also hosts the Rautatientori metro station, which is the busiest station of the Helsinki Metro.
The station is mostly clad in Finnish granite, and its distinguishing features are its clock tower and the two pairs of statues holding the spherical lamps, lit at night-time, on either side of the main entrance.
There are 19 platforms at the station. Numbers 1-3 are on the east side and serve local trains on the Tikkurila route, their tracks stop short of the main station roof. Numbers 4-11 in the centre of the station are the main platforms for longer-distance trains which stretch down to terminate in front of the main station building, commonly 5-10 serve trains running via Tikkurila to Tampere, St Petersburg and other points north and east, while 11-12 serve express trains via the Espoo line to Turku. Numbers 12-19 are on the west side and serve local trains on the Espoo and Vantaankoski routes, again their tracks stop short of the main station roof.
Is the station/depot currently used for railroad purposes?: Yes
Is the station/depot open to the public?: Yes
If the station/depot is not being used for railroad purposes, what is it currently used for?:
What rail lines does/did the station/depot serve?: 5
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