Gothenburg Central Station
|Gothenburg Central Station|
|Gothenburg Central Station, the old part|
|Line(s)||Western Main Line
West Coast Line
|Distance||457 km (Stockholm C)|
|Architect||Adolf W. Edelsvärd|
Gothenburg Central Station (Swedish: Göteborgs centralstation, Göteborg C) is the main railway station of Gothenburg, Sweden. The station serves 27 million passengers per year, making it the second largest railway station in Sweden after Stockholm Central Station. The station opened in October the 4th, 1858. The station is situated in the city of Gothenburg, right by Drottningtorget. The Gothenburg Central Station, Centralhuset and Nils Ericson Terminalen is a part of Resecentrum, Göteborg. Gothenburg Central Station is owned and administered by Jernhusen.
Numerous railways were built across Sweden in the 19th century. One of the first distances was the one between Gothenburg and Jonsered. As the railway grew more popular, the need for a station emerged. The Gothenburg Central Station was built between the years of 1856-1858. The architect in charge was Adolf Wilhelm Edelsvärd.
Some reconstructions have been made to the station since its opening in 1858. There used to be engine shed by the station but it has been removed. In 1923 a fire destroyed parts of the station, so the interior had to be rebuilt. The current interior design is similar to the 1923 model with wood pillars, glass ceiling and a floor made of limestone.
During the 19th and early 20th century about one million Swedish emigrants passed the station in order to get to the harbour. Their final destination would be America.
In February 2007, a bomb threat was addressed to the Gothenburg police. The bombing was to take place on the Gothenburg Central Station. Later that day, a bag was found in the old parts of the station. The evacuation of the station began at 21.30 and two hour later the station was free to open again. The bag was examined and no high explosive was found.
In January 2010, a one square metre (11 Sq Ft) section of the station's glass ceiling collapsed after ice had fallen onto it. One person suffered bruises by falling glass splinters and big parts of the station was closed due to safety reasons. 
Tracks and other connections
There are 16 platforms at the station. Trains depart and arrive from five different railway lines:
- From the north on Bohus Line
- From the north on Norway/Vänern Line
- From the east on Western Main Line
- From the south on West Coast Line
- From the southeast on Coast-to-Coast Line
Drottningtorget is a junction for trams and lies right by the Gothenburg Central Station. Nordstan, the biggest shopping mall in Scandinavia, is connected to the station by an underground pedestrian tunnel.
The Station Lounge
The Station Lounge is located by track 9 at the station. There is an access fee of 149 SEK which includes restaurant food, news papers and WLAN internet. There is also a bar. The conference section is supplied with modern equipment and admits 4-50 persons.
The old parts of the station is included in the city council's Bevarningsprogram (English: Preserving Program) 1975 and 1987.
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