Gallery: 7 Ways to Upcycle a Train Station

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3. Shopping mall – Curitiba, Brazil

Estação in Curitiba, Brazil has been transformed into a sprawling mall which, beyond the requisite retail outlets (numbering 180!), is also home to ten cinemas, two theaters and several dozen eateries. If that wasn’t enough, there are 4 museums - including one that charts the restoration of the railway station to its current state. Inaugurated in 1883, the original line linked Curitiba with Paranaguá, until highways offered a faster transfer time leading to its eventual closure. A steam locomotive remains permanently stationed in the mall, offering a glimpse of the past.

Anila is editor-at-large at Loco2, a small company mad enough to tackle the complexities of European rail by making online ticket booking more accessible, giving expert advice in the Engine Room forum and generally waxing lyrical about the joys of train travel. You can follow Anila and Loco2 on Twitter, should the whim take you!

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1 Comment

  1. onlytheking July 19, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    If only the train station/house was still a functioning line.
    How easy it would be to get home.

    Next stop: Bed!

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