• During the early days of railways, little attention was paid to what have now become architectural wonders - the Railway Stations.
• The earliest of these were no more than unimpressive sheds providing a 'landing' place for incoming trains. The sheds were intended to offer shelter from the weather.
• Early railway stations were considered necessary but were of very temporary convenience from which the passengers hurried as soon as possible.
• In India station buildings vary. Some are no more than a collection of old wagons and coaches, while there are others as outstanding in architectural design and as well provided in ordinary amenities for the passengers, as anywhere in the world.
• The average railway station in India consists of a brick structure providing accommodation for offices, a waiting hall for passengers. In addition, according to the importance of station or the pressure of passengers traffic, provision is made for separate waiting rooms for passengers of various classes, for men and women and for refreshment rooms and restaurants.
• Separate station offices, platforms and sheds are generally provided to deal with goods traffic.
• Over-bridges and sometimes underground subways enable passengers to cross from one platform to the other.
(Source: Official site of Indian Railway)