North train station , Valencia!

Ok this one not used personally as always there by car, but did go in it as it is an impressive building as well.  I did thought once about taking it from Cuenca but nahh .One of my routine walks in the city and we love it. Let me tell you a bit more on the North train station or Estacion Norte or Estacio Nord of Valencia, Spain.

The Estacion Norte or Estacio Nord is a terminal station of monumental character and Valencian modernist style inaugurated in 1917 by the Compañía de los Caminos de Hierro del Norte de España or Company of the Iron Roads of Northern Spain. It is located in the city center just 200 meters from the City Town Hall (see post)..

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The history of the station dates back to 1851 near the current Plaza del Ayuntamiento or city /town hall square, the first station Norte. It was a classic looking building, with a portico at each end, decorated with four Doric columns. It was put into operation on March 21, 1852 with the opening of the lines of just over 6 km that linked Valencia with the port area of El Grao. On August 2, 1907, works began that did not end until 1917 for the new train station.

The main entrance to the North station is located on Calle Játiva 24, although it has another access on Calle Bailén at the corner of Calle Matemático Marzal. The set of tracks and building is flanked by Calle Alicante and Calle Bailén to the east and west respectively and Calle Játiva to the north. To the south runs the common bundle of railway lines that depart from this terminal station. The new Train Station Nord building is rectangular in plan with two clearly differentiated areas: the large hangar, with an equally rectangular plan and closed with a structure of articulated arches of rolled steel, and the passenger building itself, with a U-plan and independent pillars from the structure of the hangar. It is framed in the modernist style, where the influences of the European side of the Sezession are appreciated, and especially with Otto Wagner, whose influence would be added, on the one hand reminiscences of the English perpendicular Gothic along with beginnings of what would later be the Rationalism.

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Its façade, with plant motifs, oranges and orange blossom, is inspired by Valencian agriculture and includes, among other references to the city, the four red bars on a gold background of the Valencia heraldic shield. The constant repetition of the city’s coat of arms stands out as the top of the canopies, as well as emblematic elements alluding to the Company of the Iron Roads of Northern Spain, such as the five-pointed star and the eagle, symbol of speed, which finishes off the central body of the building. The decoration is completed in the central block by two symmetrically placed mosaics. The ornamentation of the interior of the building was done with glazed ceramics, truncates and mosaic from the “La Ceramo” factory in Benicalap. In its lobby, a combination of wood, glass and marble fuse warmth, transparency and shine. It has endless decorative elements of ceramic, wood, metal, glass and other materials. The main roof of the central nave, which covers the tracks, is shaped like an arch and guides that represent the train tracks. Likewise, it has a large longitudinal opening intended for the smoke from steam machines to escape. The plinths of each door or interior large window in the lobby are made of wood, and above you can read the motto “Buen Viaje” bon voyage in different languages. Its large windows have a rose on top. Another typical Modernism feature that can be seen at the station is the integration of all the arts in the same building: architecture, sculpture, painting and decorative arts.

Inside, the ground floor is exclusively for the public, while the mezzanine and first floor are for offices. It has ticket sales, information points, auto-vending machines, toilets and luggage. It also has commercial premises that include gift shops, cafes and restaurants, ATMs, a newsstand, lottery stands and a pharmacy. The enclosure is adapted for people with physical, mental and sensory disabilities. Outside there are three enabled parking areas and the metro, taxi and urban bus stops. It has connections with lines 3, 5, 7 and 9 of the city metro and with the urban bus network.

It has long-distance connections that connect it mainly to Barcelona,Sevilla, Murcia, Cartagena and Lorca. These routes are mainly covered with Talgo trains. The Estacio Nord station has a high traffic of Media Distancia (middle distance trains) trains that connect Valencia with the cities of Murcia, Cartagena, Elche, Alicante, Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca and Madrid, Barcelona,Zaragoza, and Huesca. North Station of Valencia is also, the terminal for Cercanias (suburban) lines C-1, C-2, C-3, C-5 and C-6. This implies that five of the six Cercanías lines meet at the station, this being the point where most of the network’s lines conclude. Awesome station!

The official train webpage of ADIF on the Valencia Estacion Norte in English: ADIF North train station Valencia

The tourist office of Valencia on Estacion Norte in English: Tourist office of Valencia on Estacion Norte

I would imagine a trip here would be very nice due to the wonderful architecture and position of the train station north. We walk by it saw it very nice architecture indeed. Hope it helps you when passing by the Estacio Nord or Estacion Norte in Valencia.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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2 Comments to “North train station , Valencia!”

  1. My one visit to Valencia so far was on a bicycle trip in December 1962, when it was unusually cold. They even had frost and some of the oranges froze on the trees. Next time I’ll come by train and arrive at this station.

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