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Spoorviaduct Oostertoegang Centraal Station / Railway Viaduct, Eastern Entrance, Central Station

 
 
Railway Viaduct, Eastern Entrance, Central Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 19, 2017
1. Railway Viaduct, Eastern Entrance, Central Station Marker
Inscription.
Spoorviaduct Oostertoegang Centraal Station
Architect: Adolf Leonard (Dolf) van Gendt (1835-1901)
Opdrachtgever: Staatsspoorwegen
Bouwjaar: 1875-1877

Gebouwd in Oud Hollandse stijl en versierd met balustrades, bordessen en vleugelgebouwen. Een identiek bouwwerk stond aan de Westertoegang. Bovenop stonden in totaal 16 leeuwenbeelden met wapenschilden. Het station was immers de moderne toegangspoort tot stad en land. Leeuwen met het stadswapen bewaakten de vrije doorgang van de scheepvaart. Leeuwen met het Rijkswapen bewaakten de doorgetrokken spoorlijn.


Railway Viaduct, Eastern Entrance, Central Station
Architect: Adolf Leonard (Dolf) van Gendt (1835-1901)
Client: Dutch National Railways
Date of Construction: 1875-1877

Built in Old Dutch style and decorated with balustrades, stairways and wings. An identical structure once stood at the Western Entrance. Above it stood 16 lions holding coats of arms: after all, the station was the modern equivalent of an entrance gate to the city and country. Lions with the city coats of arms watched over the free passage of shipping, while lions with the national coats of arms guarded the railway.
 
Erected by IAmsterdam.
 
Location.

Railway Viaduct, Eastern Entrance, Central Station Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 19, 2017
2. Railway Viaduct, Eastern Entrance, Central Station Marker - Wide View
The marker is visible here just behind the two female pedestrians.
52° 22.629′ N, 4° 54.25′ E. Marker is in Amsterdam, North Holland. Marker is at the intersection of Oosterdoksstraat and Oosterdokskade on Oosterdoksstraat. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Oosterdoksstraat 4, Amsterdam, North Holland 1011, Netherlands.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Henry Hudson (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); Schreierstoren (about 150 meters away); Sint Olofskapel / Saint Olof's Chapel (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Chet Baker (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Bet van Beeren (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Anthoniespoort / St. Anthony's Gate (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Municipal Morgue (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); Franz Liszt (approx. one kilometer away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Amsterdam.
 
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Spoorviaduct Oostertoegang Centraal Station / Railway Viaduct, Eastern Entrance, Central Station image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 19, 2017
3. Spoorviaduct Oostertoegang Centraal Station / Railway Viaduct, Eastern Entrance, Central Station
Here in this picture of the viaduct, a bit of Central Station is visible on the left, and the marker itself is just out of the picture on the right. What both this picture and the marker fail to convey is the scale of the viaduct - at the marker location the viaduct carries at least 10 separate tracks plus switching tracks plus a bit more room - it is quite wide.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 17, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 17, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 17, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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