Once again proving that the railway is far more than just trains!
Reblogged from the excellent Beauty of Transport.
Stained glass is an art form which has been around for well over a thousand years. Initially brought to public attention through its use in religious buildings (when such institutions were practically the only bodies with the resources to commission work of this complexity and expense), it has since has spread well beyond its early uses, into domestic interiors and all kinds of public buildings.
As public buildings, it’s little surprise to find that many railway stations host decorative stained glass features. In the golden age of the railways, these spoke of the wealth and power of the railways in their prime. Even as the railways faced increasing competition from road and air transport, stained glass panels have still been installed. Sometimes they are commemorative of the local area in which the railway operates. Sometimes they celebrate the railway itself, and sometimes they are there simply as art, with no…
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