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Q: Railway station architecture ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Railway station architecture
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: leander1-ga
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Posted: 21 Oct 2003 07:17 PDT
Expires: 20 Nov 2003 06:17 PST
Question ID: 268246
How would you translate "Gleishalle", or "Geleisehalle"?
Subject: Re: Railway station architecture
Answered By: tehuti-ga on 21 Oct 2003 08:50 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello Leander,

The term you are seeking is "train shed".

The direct translation of Gleishalle is rail hall.  From the pictures
of the main station in Frakfurt at
you can see that the Gleishalle is the covered section of the station
where the passengers board the trains.

In my searches, I did come across the term "rail hall" in English, but
it appears only once or twice, which leads me to believe it was an
incorrect translation rather than an original term. Another term, that
appeared more frequently was "train shed".

In the "Building Types Thesaurus" produced by English Heritage, as
featured on the SINE (Structural Images of the North East) database at
the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, I found the following
definition for this term:

Definition: A canopy or building to cover the platforms in a railway

Search strategy
1. Gleishalle (I looked through the results until I found a picture)
2. "rail hall"
2. railway architecture
3. "train shed" definition
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Subject: Re: Railway station architecture
From: tehuti-ga on 23 Oct 2003 07:26 PDT
Hello Leander.  I'm glad to have been of assistance, and thank you
very much for the tip.  Of course, gold is nice, but those five shiny
sparkly stars also mean a lot to most of us researchers too!  :)

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