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Railway Station

I know it is silly of me but calling them train stations drives me up the wall

Railway Station

I know it is silly of me but calling them train stations drives me up the wall

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  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 20 Jun 2012, 01:26
The eclipse plays hell with available light, doesn't it, Bill.
Bill Phillips: It does when i get my hands on it Ray
Interesting light and shadows!! I'll remember that quirk of yours from now on!
Bill Phillips: It is the difference between English and American English. I imagine that eventually we will end up saying fender and sidewalk...we already have cookies grin
I'm old school as well Bill. Interesting that your chosen highlight is the lady's lower leg.
Bill Phillips: I like a well turned ankle Richard
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 Jun 2012, 06:41
a fine geometrical b&w composition of different lines -Münster Hbf./Bahnstation? I like the photo althoug I wish it were a bit less darker.
Bill Phillips: Düsseldorf first experience of German railways
  • Chris
  • England
  • 20 Jun 2012, 06:42
I am the same as you: it drives me nuts too. Dusseldorf station from the look of it: railway heaven!
Bill Phillips: I was much impressed with the German railways.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Jun 2012, 07:49
I don't know why they do that, either. Ignorance? I like the moonlight here wink
Bill Phillips: It is the Americanisation of the English language, like skedule instead of shedule. grin
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 20 Jun 2012, 07:54
I wonder if it's the difference between British and American english, Bill? We NEVER say "railway station." It's always train station. And Astrid says here in the Netherlands they only say "station." Everyone knows you mean where the trains come!
Bill Phillips: It is Ginnie. In English English we say station or railway station, like in the Netherlands we add bus for the bus station. That is never called just the station. mind you this is a German stationsmile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 20 Jun 2012, 08:11
Like Ginnie already said, we don't even say the word 'rail' or 'train' with it. We just say 'station' and we know that is has to do with the train. We only add 'bus', if it is a bus-station.
Great shot, not many people so you were able to have a seat in the train?
Bill Phillips: We say Bus station and railway station but like you just using station is taking as meaning railway station. This is a German station so it isn't called either smile The train was very comfortable, and clean
I recognise this train station from Germany.
Bill Phillips: Don't be difficult
A bit dark but nice perspective here Bill.
Bill Phillips: I like dark smile
  • Pedroeric
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Jun 2012, 09:40
Not many would have tried this Bill well done and yes they are Railway Stations.
Bill Phillips: They are in the UK!
Here, here - the Americans have train stations. We have railway stations, through which trains run on railway lines, which were laid by and are maintained by railway workers. Sometimes on the railway stations you can find railways cafes and railway shops.

Rant over.
Bill Phillips: The Americanisation of English, is sadly inevitable but we have to at least put up a fight
We call them train stations here too - not here in PEI, as we don't have trains - or a railway.
Bill Phillips: That is allowed but here they are railway stations as we don't use American English, we have the original grin
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Jun 2012, 10:26
But Bill this is a Bahnhof! Good photo tho.
Bill Phillips: It is indeed mikegrin
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 20 Jun 2012, 12:16
I like this photo for me I think i would like a little more light in the fore ground but what would i know
Bill Phillips: as much as I vintage. which may or may not be very much grin
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Jun 2012, 12:20
The dark treatment really works well, picking out just enough light to guide us. I always just say station, as I never visit a bus station!
Bill Phillips: Station is fine...I visit the bus station now since I got my bus passsmile
I like this Bill, there is so much in the shape of things, more light and colour would take it away smile
Bill Phillips: it looks nothing in colour
A bit like having very strong sunglasses on
Bill Phillips: I'll have to take your word for that Janet as i never wear sunglasses grin
I'm also impressed with the railways in Germany and other European countries. Don't ever use those two words, "station" and "train" together on SC ever again, else I will have to boycott your blog for at least 20 minutes.
Bill Phillips: Only allowed if you are American Brian
A lovely perspective image Bill!
Here in France, we say "gare" for railway station and "station" for the Métro one.
Bill Phillips: Well that is nice and simple Richard
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 20 Jun 2012, 18:16
See a station as a place where a thing stands or is assigned to stand; a place where a thing will have to stand still. The train is the moving part, not the railway.

I am not English, so from another point of view, it is these (to me) illogical things that makes English so difficult at times.

In the end whether the train or the railway is to hold station here - the English choose and I use smile

Great b&w.

I am currently reading a book by Bill Bryson "Made in America" - a study of how the American English language evolved and at least for a few hundred parallel years how the English language evolved. From this read I have learnt that everything (on both sides) is not so straightforward. The opening chapter explains how it happened that the founding fathers was greeted by an English speaking Indian chappie - you know like Native American = Indian. Heh, heh - so when is a native a native?
Bill Phillips: English is a very difficult language. But, it seems that no matter how badly it is spoken by others we can understand them. Language evolves and changes and modern English is far removed from the English of 300 years ago. It is full of illogicalities but at least we don't make things randomly masculine or feminine unless they actually are grin
How about, "Your next station stop will be..."
Bill Phillips: Station without any prefix is a railway station. The next train on platform 3 will call at all stations to...
I see no train station here at all Bill, just a bunch of obscure lines sketched in perspective...
Bill Phillips: yeah basically that's about it
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 20 Jun 2012, 21:04
You are right to be fussy, Bill
Bill Phillips: I am in full training to be a grumpy old man grin
How elaborate. I've always thought 'station' would suffice!( Though I'm sure I've come across early English references to railroads!)
Bill Phillips: Station is fine.
This is something special Bill... i love the depth and the dramatic feeling that you got in mono....petersmile
Bill Phillips: Delighted you like it Petersmile

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