- Head house
In the context of
rail transport, head house refers to that portion of a passenger terminalnot housing the tracks and platforms themselves. Typically, the head house contains ticket counters, toilets and baggage facilities, if there are any. Frequently the head house is centered on a waiting room for passengers. The waiting room may lead directly to the platforms, or there may be a separate passenger concourse between the platforms and other facilities.
Many other amenities are, or were, found in the larger terminals. For instance, when
Cincinnati Union Terminalopened in 1933, the head house held a restaurant, lunch room, ice cream shop, news agent, drug store, small movie theater, men's and women's lounges, and restrooms that included changing rooms and showers. ["Cincinnati's New Union Terminal," "Railway Age", Vol. 94, No. 16, April 22, 1938(Available as a reprint — "The Cincinnati Union Terminal" — from the [http://www.cincinnatirrclub.org/ Cincinnati Railroad Club] )]
In the context of subways, head house refers to that portion of a subway station that is above ground. It may be no more than a covered entrance. Frequently, though, the head house holds escalators and elevators and, sometimes, ticket agents.
Chicago Northwestern Station#History
St. Louis Union Station
Pavonia/Newport (PATH station)
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