04 March, 2021

Static Motion: With Trains Parked And Platforms Empty Of Footfall, Mumbai's Victoria Terminus In Recess

Never in recent decades does the Victoria Terminus seem to have been so pristinely preserved as in these weeks of complete stasis: destitute of people and stripped of clangour and bustle.

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Platforms empty of footfall, beckon those days when people moved in a swirl—about 7 lakh of them at CST. This is the perfect evocation of the Sunday fear, that dead time when thoughts crowd in of Monday’s business.
Photographs by Apoorva Salkade
Static Motion: With Trains Parked And Platforms Empty Of Footfall, Mumbai's Victoria Terminus In Recess
outlookindia.com
2020-04-27T11:43:46+05:30

The 2.38 from Platform 9 is cancelled. But so are all other trains from the inimitable Victoria Terminus (or, if you will, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus), the jewel in the crown of railway architecture in India. Never in recent decades does it seem to have been so pristinely preserved as in these weeks of complete stasis: destitute of people and stripped of clangour and bustle, its platforms lie invitingly like giant conveyor belts in recess, the parked trains mere playthings beneath the silvery steel fretworks overhead, as the gilded, ornamental pillars that so fragilely hold them up claim their status as things of beauty. But the real spectacle lies beyond the lines of platforms, under the central dome—one of the most impressive of any Neo-Gothic building anywhere in the world. This secular nave could proudly host any Redeemer in any cathedral. Mounted by Corinthian columns of polished Aberdeen granite, watched over by stained glass windows and ringed by banisters of austere filigree, it reveals itself in all its untarnished brilliance in these sparsely, miraculously...

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