Sunday, 15 August 2010

Gulbene's station

Gulbene's railway station is quite a spectacular building - it was built in 1926. Today it serves as a final stop for the narrow-gauge railway network that lasts from Gulbene to Alūksne - about 30km trip on the small train takes 1,5 hours. It's the only such train in Latvia and it's not just for tourists - locals travel on it as it serves twice-per-day trains to Alūksne. Next to the station is an old railway depot that were used for usual trains as well, but since the state has left only twice-per-week trains to Riga, the depot is not functional and mainly serves as a storage for old cars and garbage. Back in the station there's a cafe and a canteen that issues food to poor and homeless people.
Photos by (c) Arnis Balcus

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