02/22/2012 07:09 am ET | Updated Apr 23, 2012

The World's 11 Coolest Train Stations (PHOTOS)

No matter how many improvements are made to transportation methods, there's something undeniably appealing about old-school train travel. One of rail travel's most appealing aspects is that it's almost universal -- nearly anywhere you go in the world, there's some kind of train service. You could go chugging through the British countryside on an old steam locomotive or rolling through snow-caked Russian terrain on the Trans-Siberian - there are plenty of famous train trips for travel enthusiasts to dream about.

Sometimes, however, it really is about the destination and not the journey - and this in case, the destinations are the exceptional train stations around the world. The stations featured here go a step beyond what you'd usually expect from a train station - newsstands, fast food vendors, etc. - and offer a bit of eye-candy as well as serving a practical purpose.

Here are 11 of the coolest train stations around the world.

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Photos by:  Ilkin, Wojtek Gurak, Campra , Leandro's World Tour , arialcrime, digicacy, karma-police, Dr. Azzacov, Henry Chen, on1stsite, Shreyans Bhansali