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Philadelphia 30th Street Station, 2013.

Color digital image showing the busy concourse of Philadelphia 30th Street Station; dates to August 2013.

Philadelphia 30th Street Station, 2013.

Philadelphia 30th Street Station serves Amtrak intercity trains, SEPTA and New Jersey Transit commuter trains and local and regional buses. It often ranks as the third busiest station in the Amtrak national network after New York and Washington, D.C. The soaring structure was built between 1929 and 1933 by the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) and is architecturally interesting for its use, adaptation and transformation of Neoclassical design into a more modern, streamlined Art Deco style.

The main concourse shown above measures 290 by 135 feet with a 95-foot-high coffered ceiling and beautiful Art Deco chandeliers. It is lined by gilded and ornamented columns while the floor is laid in Tennessee marble. Also visible in the image is Walker Hancock's Pennsylvania Railroad War Memorial, a sculpture of the archangel Michael lifting a dead soldier's body out of the flames of war. Cast in 1950, it honors the 1,307 PRR employees who died in military service during World War II.

Photographer: Chuck Gomez for Amtrak. From the Amtrak Corporate Collection.