Opened in 1933, 30th Street Station is a throwback to a time when rail travel was king.
Recently the streetscape was updated with a community space called The Porch.
But inside it’s 1930’s glamour with soaring ceilings and giant lights.
The station has two impressive pieces of art. A statue dedicated to railroad workers who died in World War II, and a panel called “Spirit of Transportation.”
My favorite feature is the departure board, an old fashioned flip board that makes a clacking sound every time it’s updated.
(Amendment: Sadly, this was taken down in January 2019 and moved to a railway museum.)
At the other end of my trip is New York’s Penn Station, which I think is fair to describe as a soul sucking pit of despair.