the time being, the quite stupendous St Pancras railway station is
the only neo-Gothic architecture featured, but there will be plenty
of others in due course, not least the fabulous hotel adjacent.
As a feat of railway engineering it is perhaps
the epitome of everything great about Britain. It is
gloriously impractical, cost over £800 million in repairs (plus an
additional £200 million for the hotel) and was actually built by the
Victorians, just like the rest of our railway system. However,
it is a bit of a shame that they moved the Eurostar terminal from
its original location. I mean, it may be a lot more convenient
for me, but I think we all enjoyed rubbing the Frenchies noses in it
as they arrived in the UK at Waterloo.
Whilst the Eurostar trains are fast and
comfortable, the notion of international rail travel being less
stressful than flying is being steadily eroded as they introduce
ever more pointless "security" procedures to add to your discomfort,
inconvenience and delay. And when you finally get to the
national connections you are back to the ancient, stinking diesels
and queuing up waiting for the platform to be announced. It
would be far too complicated to actually schedule platforms on a
regular, timetabled basis like every other country in the world,
after all, its not like they are running a railway!