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Thursday, December 20, 2012

All Aboard! The Jerusalem Train Station Returns to Life - now open!

The ground shook on September 26, 1892 when the first train from Jaffa pulled into the Jerusalem train station which is situated in the German Colony. A century later, the train station was closed and the compound fell into disrepair.

The glory days of the Jerusalem Train Station

However, things are about to change. Plans are underway that will bring the site back to life by Spring 2013 in a project similar to the one which recently rejuvenated the "Tahana " train compound in Tel Aviv.

First Station will be a venue for restaurants, cafes, shops, food market, craft stalls and even an open air cinema to attract visitors to the historic site and add to the entertainment options of the area.

Work underway - January 2013

New Plan for the Station

Earlier in the year a bicycle and walking path was also inaugurated at the train station which follows the old railway line and will eventually reach the neighborhood of Beit Safafa. This is a great hit at weekends especially with families who can be seen walking or peddling along the attractively-landscaped route of the former tracks.

For more information on the new station project: See the following article by Melanie Lidman which appeared in a recent edition of the Jerusalem Post

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