CST in photos

Can you guess which railway station is it?   Mumbaikars,  it is not CST.


When I was in London a few years ago,  I was amazed with the similarities of buildings and even railway stations to Mumbai.

One of the striking similarity I could see is between Kings Cross and St Pancras station in London and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) formerly known as Victoria Terminus.   Kings Cross station is also famous for the 9 and 3/4 platform of Harry Potter.

Since, both were built by the British around 1850-1885,  the design seems to have been reused for its Mumbai counterpart.   The architecture and layout are similar.   Of course Kings Cross Station has expanded a lot and is very modernised,  not to mention very clean.  But,  the similarities exist in the layouts,  the interiors and also the exteriors.  I couldn’t find much reference when I googled about it.   Someone should research on it. However, the CST wiki page mentions that the design is indeed inspired by St. Pancras station.

Different profiles of the CST.  Did you also feel a sense of deja vu when visiting these railway stations?

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All the pictures of CST were taken by me.  Unfortunately,  I do not have personally taken pictures of Kings Cross/St.Pancras Station.  Check some pictures here and here.   The first image of Kings Cross station above is from the link.


14 thoughts on “CST in photos

  1. Wow! That’s cool to notice. I like finding such similarities wonderful. It’s shows how the architects thoughts similarly. 🙂

    1. Most of our old railway stations in Mumbai are also copied ones as they were built by the British. even our right hand drive is a British legacy.
      Also, temples have similar architecture.

  2. Nothing like that here. Train only comes though on a part time bases. But our little train station in Sandpoint is sure nice.
    Came in from NaBloPoMo.
    If have time stop in for some coffee

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