Volgograd railway station

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Volgograd-Glavny
Volga Railway terminal
May2015 Volgograd img18 Central station.jpg
View of the station from the bridge.
Location  Russia, Volgograd
Coordinates 48°42′45″N 44°30′49″E / 48.71250°N 44.51361°E / 48.71250; 44.51361Coordinates: 48°42′45″N 44°30′49″E / 48.71250°N 44.51361°E / 48.71250; 44.51361
Owned by Russian Railways
Platforms 5 (4 island platforms)
Tracks 12
Construction
Parking yes
Other information
Station code 610008
Fare zone 0
History
Opened 1862[1]
Previous names Tsaritsin (before 1925)
Stalingrad (1925–1961)
Services
Preceding station   Volga Railway   Following station

Volgograd-Glavny (Russian: Волгоград-Главный) is a major junction railway station of Volgograd in Russia.

It is located in the Central District of the city at Railway Station Square, 1. The station is one of the largest in Russia and serves long-distance trains and suburban trains. The station is the hub for services to five main destinations: Krasnodar, Rostov-on-Don, Moscow, Saratov and Astrakhan.[2]

History[edit]

The first railway to serve Tsaritsyn (now Volgograd) was the Volga-Don railway in 1862. The first railway station was constructed of wood. In 1871 the station was replaced with a brick structure.[2]

During the Second World War, the building was almost completely destroyed in the Battle of Stalingrad. In the period from July 1951 to May 1954 the new station building was erected on the site of the old building. At the site of the former building is now the Volgograd branch of the Volga Railroad. The station commissioned June 2, 1954. In 1997 the building of the railway station was designated an architectural monument. In 2005, the station building was renovated for the 60th anniversary of Victory Day, the capitulation of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union in the Second World War.[citation needed]

On December 29, 2013, the station was the site of a suicide bombing in which at least 16 people were killed.[3] The station was re-opened after reconstruction on May 7, 2014, just in time for Victory Day holidays. The reopening featured ceremonies presided over by regional governor Andrei Bocharov and the Orthodox Church's Volgograd metropolitan bishop.[4]

Description[edit]

The building is an example of the Stalinist architecture style which was popular in Russia from the 1930s until Stalin's death in the 1950s. The station is a three-story building with a ground floor tower crowned with a spire. The building is made of a combination of brick and concrete, the facade consists of ornamented granite. The interior walls are mainly marble. The ceiling is decorated with stucco and several paintings of the battles that took place in the city.

Trains[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Железнодорожные станции СССР. Справочник. — М.: Транспорт, 1981
  2. ^ a b "Железнодорожный вокзал :Volgograd station" (in Russian). volfoto.ru. Retrieved 2014-09-07. 
  3. ^ Leonid Ragozin (30 December 2013). "Volgograd train station rocked by suicide bombing". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-09-07. 
  4. ^ "Volgograd Train Station Reopens After Terrorist Bomb Attacks". The Moscow Times. May 8, 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-07.