Peachtree Amtrak Station, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. December 11, 2011.
Peachtree Station in Atlanta’s Brookwood neighborhood is a handsome yet modest structure. The Neel Reed-designed building opened in 1918 as supplemental commuter station to the larger Terminus Station in downtown Atlanta, but is now the city’s only link to the Amtrak train network. Inside, hushed phone conversations and weary glances at watches and wall clocks serve as reminders that dozen-or-so occupants are here only in passing. The permanence of the pew-like wooden benches and marble walls that make up the interior stand in stark contrast to the air of transience and resigned anticipation that pervades the small crowd of occupants, whose makeup changes with the arrival and departure of each passing train.