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Waterloo Station

Waterloo Station (88)

Waterloo is the largest railway station in the United Kingdom. It was opened in 1848 by the London and Southwestern Railway company, but the current appearance is mainly due to the full reconstruction works that it underwent between 1900 and 1922. From this reform dates the large vestibule in the northeast side.

Whereas those entrusted to design the roof structure and the track and platform area were the engineers J. W. Jacomb-Hood and A. W. Szlumper, the office building, built in imperial Baroque style with Portland stone, is the work of the architect J. R. Scott. This structure includes the Victory Arch, an arch built in memory of the workers of the London Southwestern Railway company who lost their lives in the First World War.

The station underwent new reforms at the end of the 20th century, when the international terminal was built, where the Eurostar trains arrived which crossed the tunnel beneath the English Channel. However, since 2007 Waterloo no longer has this role, Saint Pancras station taking over, which posed a serious problem, since fitting the traces for local trains represents a very high cost.

The station still receives a great many passengers, however, which you can get an idea of from the film The Bourne Ultimatum, starring Matt Damon, since one of the frenetic chase scenes in the film takes place in the Waterloo station vestibule. 

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