Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Old Train Station By Night

I have shown this shot from a year ago before, but it's one that I like. The Government Conference Centre is viewed from the National Arts Centre at night in this shot, across the Rideau Canal. The Chateau Laurier can be glimpsed to the left, and the hotel and the Centre are in fact linked together. The Centre was once the main train station here in the city (its replacement is rather non-descript). The building is currently undergoing some work inside, as the Senate will be sitting here for a few years when serious work gets underway on Centre Block.


  1. We see that there is light but ... little else ...(Kidding).


  2. It looks as if we should be expecting Anna Karenina to be walking by at any moment. Or perhaps, she just passed.....


  3. I wish our Congress would sit in a train station...they're off-track anyway and we could send them to the wilderness! Nice night shot!

  4. Railway station re usually scary at night, but this one is a rare exception!

  5. The architecture looks quite familiar, nice night shot, William !

  6. @Linda: I've photographed it often by day, but only rarely at night. This is my favourite shot of the building.

    @Tomas: and a lot of light!

    @Janis: perhaps she did!

    @Deb: thank you.

    @Lowell: very apt!

    @Tanya: I've always thought so.

    @VP: given the architectural style, it makes the exception.

    @Karl: it and the Chateau were built together and linked back in the day of the transcontinental lines, so the two architectural styles are meant to blend well.

  7. i love trains. always since kidhood. love it in a uplighted form. you have a good neck of the woods to photograph. hope 2015 is going good for ya. ( :

  8. Oh, so that's where the Senate will be while the SERIOUS work will be going on elsewhere. :)

  9. Another night shot that I like. A building, empty, lit like this is rather ghost-like.

  10. Wonderful shot, I like the way the building is illuminated.

  11. It looks like an old world train station, large and elegant.

  12. Hey, I went through that station once. Tes, stations were much more ornate in the past. a couple of years ago I was in the old chicago station and it's like a cathedral.

  13. @Beth: I've got a cousin whose husband loves trains, particularly in model form.

    @EG: as if the Senate ever gets to actually do any serious work to begin with.

    @Birdman: it's a beautiful building inside too, but public access is extremely limited. It wasn't on the Doors Open tour this year as it usually is.

    @Grace: thank you!

    @Jan: the lighting design seems just right.

    @Tex: I like it by day and by night.

    @Sharon: it certainly does have that feel.

    @Red: I've got photographs of the interior, but actually displaying them would probably require having the negatives of old film scanned to a photodisk. Hopefully it's open for Doors Open this year.

    @Luis: thank you!

    @Judy: so do I.

  14. Wow, what a beautiful train station! Love your night shot very much!

  15. The pockets of light on the station are magical in the streetscape. And the sligfhtly red glow of light off to the left makes a great visual contrast.

  16. Striking photo! Looks like it's in black and white and the lamplight was put in intentionally!

  17. @Tamago: if only the current station had this kind of elegance!

    @Jose: thanks!

    @RedPat: thank you!

    @Gemma: I certainly thought so. I don't really take a lot of night shots, but I'm pleased with how this one turned out.

    @Stuart: so did I.

    @Cheryl: it does have that look.

  18. It is a wonderful night view.

  19. Wow. The night shot is amazing. I like the white lighting.

  20. Some old train stations are truly gorgeous - and this is one of them.

  21. If I didn't say so before, awesome shot!

  22. @Lois: thanks!

    @Ciel: and beyond that glass is one of the most beautiful rooms in the city... cut off from the public!

    @Lady Lilith: thank you!

    @Kay: I've certainly always thought so.

    @Mari: thank you.

  23. Very elegant building. Contemporary architecture just doesn't match up.

  24. Lovely shot! Nice capture of light.

  25. It's hard to get a good photo in that light. This is really good.

  26. @Annette: I'm looking forward to getting back inside.

    @Randy: that it is.

    @Tammie: very much so.

    @ODP: they don't build them like this anymore.

    @Linda: thank you!

    @Jennifer: in a handful of weeks the Senate is going to be inside. They do get quite long Christmas breaks!

    @Pat: thank you!

    @Shelly: thanks!