Glasgow Central Station
An interesting photo, presumably from anywhere between 1879 (year of construction) to 1896 (when it was greatly expanded) I would hazard a guess that this could be no later than 1888 however. By this time rail had become the measure of success in nations, those with the most lines were by extension the most wealthy. At this time however Britain was flagging behind a unified Germany, which out produced them in steel and railroads often more than two to one. So too was the classic impression of early rail, where the various classes were separated not just by ticket price but by quality of car they rode in. Certainly a first class passage would be in a closed car, often by oneself, but in previous decades the image of third class was one of open air cattle cars, where drunken passengers would hoop and holler as the train sped down its tracks.
We see also here the prevalence of carriages, where before there would have more foot traffic. The United Kingdom, throughout the early half of Victoria’s reign, had seen a ridiculous growth of the middle class, as more and more money departed the landed and ended in the entrepreneur and clerical. With this money often it was acceptable to purchase a carriage or hansom with attendants and stables, leading to incredible congestion and noise. Imagine then, if you can, the sound within this station, of arriving trains, hurried murmuring and clopping hooves all about, especially since one can only clearly discern 13 carriages where there must be a multitude more about. All of them lined as they are to accept passengers as they disembark from their trains.
Also of importance is that unlike some rail stations this one in particular is still in use, and has retained much of its Victorian architecture and design.