UK railway station trivia

Last update 26 December 2019

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Which stations… are listed?

This document dated 1979 is a British Rail catalogue of its listed buildings (17.5Mb file, opens in new tab).  It is not limited to stations; there are undoubtedly other designations since then.

Which stations… have post boxes on them?

To qualify for this list, the post box must be on the station platform or in a concourse area (i.e. they would become inaccessible to the public if the station were locked shut).  Boxes mounted in or near exterior walls publicly accessible from the street do not count here.  This list is believed to be current at 2019 with subsequent alterations where known.

Some stations, e.g. Rugby, have more than one post box on site.

Station Where Notes
Alton platform  
Axminster platform  
Banbury concourse  
Bath Spa platform  
Birmingham International concourse  
Birmingham New Street concourse removed?
Bodmin Parkway platform  
Brighton concourse  
Bristol Temple Meads concourse  
Cambridge platform  
Cardiff Central concourse  
Carlisle platform  
Carmarthen platform  
Cheltenham Spa concourse removed?
Chester platform  
Crewe concourse  
Darlington platform  
Diss platform  
Dover Priory platform  
Dumfries platform  
Durham platform  
Edenbridge Town platform  
Edinburgh Waverley platform  
Ely platform  
Fishguard Harbour platform  
Glasgow Central concourse  
Glenfinnan platform  
Glossop platform  
Gravesend platform  
Great Malvern platform  
Harrogate platform  
Harwich International platform  
Hexham platform  
Holyhead concourse  
Hull concourse  
Inverness concourse  
Kingussie platform  
Leamington Spa platform  
Leatherhead platform  
Leeds concourse  
Leicester platform  
Llandrindod Wells platform  
Llanelli platform  
London Euston concourse  
London Marylebone concourse  
London Paddington concourse  
Loughborough platform  
Lowestoft concourse  
Malton platform  
Manchester Victoria concourse  
Menston platform  
Morpeth platform  
Newton Abbot platform  
Norwich concourse  
Oxford concourse  
Penrith platform  
Pitlochry platform  
Reading concourse  
Rugby platform  
Selby platform  
Skipton platform  
Stirling platform  
Stockport platform  
Stourbridge Junction platform  
Taplow platform  
Taunton platform  
Tenby platform  
Tonbridge platform  
Truro platform  
Wellingborough platform  
Westbury platform  
Weston-super-Mare platform  
Windsor & Eton Central concourse  
Yatton platform  
York concourse  

Which stations… were built in a triangular arrangement?

Platforms are required on all three sides to qualify here.  Please contact the editor if you can prove (or otherwise) the arrangement where detail is unclear.


Bishop Auckland


Forres (unclear if south-to-east platforms existed)




Wood Lane (London Underground Central line)

Dinting had three sets of platforms but was not built in a triangular arrangement.  When built it had platforms on the main east-west line and on the east-south branch to Glossop.  The layout was later rearranged with today's west-south curve (with platforms), which severed the earlier curve and platforms.  A new east-south curve was built on a new alignment without platforms.

Which stations… are not accessible by road?

Generally, stations are accessible by footpath.  Some exist(ed) for interchange only.  Some were constructed by heritage railways post-preservation.


Ash Town

Berney Arms


Clogwyn (Snowdon Mountain Railway)

Colnbrook (Manchester Metrolink; initially interchange only with emergency exit, later opened as a full stop)


County March

Country Park (Severn Valley Railway)

Creosor Junction

Dduallt (Ffestiniog Railway)

Dovey Junction


Halfway (Snowdon Mountain Railway)

Hope Exchange (later opened as a full stop)

Incline Top

Lochskerrow (road access provided from 1950s)

Manulla Junction (Iarnród Éireann; originally full station, later interchange only)


Morebath Junction

Nant Gwernol (Talyllyn Railway)

Newton Dale (North Yorkshire Moors Railway)

Otford Junction

Pilmoor (road access provided from 1879)

Raglan Footpath

Rheidol Falls (Vale of Rheidol Railway)

Rhiwfron (Vale of Rheidol Railway)

Riccarton Junction?

River Douglas

Rocky Valley (Snowdon Mountain Railway)

Smallbrook Junction

Summit (Snowdon Mountain Railway)

Yarwell Junction (Nene Valley Railway)

In addition, these stations were used for interchange only for part or all of their existance, but it is not known if any type of external access was possible.

Abbots Wood Junction (November 1850-1 October 1855)

Aberdare Junction (29 October 1855-30 April 1856)

Abingdon Junction (2 June 1856-7 September 1873)

Alderbury Junction (February 1872-?)

Ardwick [LY] (probably 1852-1853 though existence uncertain)

Boscarne Exchange Platform (15 June 1964-30 January 1967)

Bushbury (2 August 1852-30 June 1856)

Cairnie Junction (1 June 1898-14 June 1965?)

Carnforth [Fur/Mid] (6 June 1867-2 August 1880)

East Grinstead High Level (1 August 1882-15 October 1883)

Hereford Junction (dates unknown)

Holehouse Junction (2 December 1895-3 April 1950)

Hunthill Junction (dates unknown)

Kemble (12 May 1845-1 May 1882)

Killin Junction (1 April 1886-?)

North Kent Junction (1 September 1849-?)

Roudham Junction

Siddick Junction (1 Sept 1880-1 March 1890)

Which stations… have a platform 0?

Station Note
Cardiff Central opened by May? 2002, initially for occasional/one-off use; later upgraded for regular use
Chippenham south side platform is referred to as 'platform 0', though it currently has no track
Doncaster temporary platform used 27 May 2000 to at least 1 June 2000
permanent platform opened 4 December 2016 (first trains called 12 December)
Gravesend opened 6 January 2014
Haymarket opened 27 December 2006
Hooton former platform 2, adjacent to station building, used by charter trains; since renumbering 18 May 1985 often referred to as 'platform 0'
Kings Cross opened 25 May 2010
Leeds under construction; expected to open 2021
Liverpool Lime Street from 30 July 2018 former platform 1, now trackless, referred to as 'platform 0'
Preston temporary use of old parcels platform, used in 2004
Rainham (Kent) opened 29 March 2016
Redhill opened 2 January 2018
Stockport opened for occasional use c.18 September 2005; regular use March 2008

Which stations… have names reflecting commerce?

Generally the stations listed were named according to the 'business' (in its loosest sense) they serve rather than to commemorate a site.  Thus, for example, stations named after public houses are shown even if a community later took the name, but not stations named after the community that was itself named after the public house.

All stations are on the national network unless stated otherwise.  Terms in [square brackets] are to aid identification only and are not part of the name.  The nature of the naming is given; the term 'pub' refers to any public house, hostelry, inn or hotel.

Note that not all stations are currently open and words such as "halt" are omitted.  The list is somewhat subjective; the editor's decision is final, but generally the 'benefit of the doubt' is given!

The reader is invited to explore these pages to find out more about church and pub name derivations, including for non-station assets.

Abbey [Cumbria] (church)

Abbey & West Dereham (church)

All Saints (Docklands Light Railway; church)

Ampress (factory)

Angel (London Underground; pub)

Arsenal (London Underground; sport)

Bat & Ball [Sevenoaks] (pub)

Bay Horse [Lancaster] (pub)

Bedford St John’s (church)

Berney Arms (pub)

Bicester Village (retail)

Black Lion [Aberdare] (pub)

Blue Anchor [Minehead] (pub)

Boars Head [Wigan] (pub)

Bournville [Birmingham] (factory)

Bow Church (Docklands Light Railway; church)

Braintree Freeport (retail)

Brent Cross (London Underground; retail)

Bricklayers Arms (pub)

Bristol St Philip’s (church)

British Steel Redcar (factory)

Bronwydd Arms (pub)

Brundall Gardens (gardens)

Bull & Bush (London Underground; never opened; pub)

Butlins Penychain (renamed Penychain in May 2000) (entertainment)

Camels Head [Plymouth] (pub)

Canary Wharf (London Underground/Docklands Light Railway; commerce)

Capel Bangor [Aberystwyth] (church)

Clock House [Elmers End] (pub)

Craven Arms (pub)

Cross Hands [Pilning] (pub)

Cross Inn [Ammanford] (pub)

Cross Inn [Llanfihangel-ar-Arth] (pub)

Cross Inn [Pontyclun] (pub)

Cross Keys [Glanamman] (pub)

Cross Keys [Newport] (pub)

Crymmych Arms (pub)

Daimler (factory)

Dartmouth Arms (renamed Forest Hill in July 1845) (pub)

Dover Priory (church)

Dunrobin Castle (tourist)

Elephant & Castle (pub)

Etihad Campus (Manchester Metrolink; sport)

Exeter St Davids (church)

Exeter St Thomas (church)

Fighting Cocks (pub)

Four Ashes (pub)

Four Crosses (pub)

Furness Abbey (church)

Goodyear (Northern Ireland; factory)

Great Central (renamed Marylebone in April 1917) (London Underground; connecting transport)

Great Northern Hotel (Ireland; pub)

Grey Horse [Bishop Auckland] (pub)

Holland Arms [Gaerwen] (pub)

Hollybush [Blackwood] (pub)

Holy Trinity (Nottingham Tram; church)

Horse & Jockey [Thurles] (Ireland; pub)

IBM (factory)

Jolly Sailor (renamed Norwood in c.1846) (pub)

Kirkham Abbey (church)

Lincoln St Mark’s (church)

Liverpool St James (church)

Loch Eil Outward Bound (entertainment)

London St Pancras (church)

Lympstone Commando (military)

Manchester United Football Club (sport)

Manor House (London Underground; pub)

MetroCentre (retail)

Mourne Abbey [Mallow] (Ireland; church)

New Cross (pub)

New Cross Gate (pub)

New Inn [Glyn Ceiriog] (pub)

New Inn [Rosebush] (pub)

Newlands Inn (Golden Valley Light Railway; pub)

Old Roan [Ormskirk] (pub)

Old Swan & Knotty Ash (renamed Knotty Ash & Stanley in November 1888) (pub)

Paisley St James (church)

Pilot (Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway; pub)

Portsmouth Arms (pub)

Queens Head [Dolywern] (pub)

Rams Line [Derby] (sport)

Red Lion [Garnant] (pub)

Roebuck [Preston] (pub)

Royal Oak [London] (pub)

Rye House [Enfield] (pub)

St Albans Abbey (church)

St Ann’s/St Anne’s [Blarney] (Ireland; church)

St Anns Well [Nottingham] (church)

St Anthonys [Newcastle] (church)

St Devereux [Pontrilas] (church)

St Enoch [Glasgow] (church)

St Gabriels [Swansea] (church)

St Germain’s [Watlington] (existence in doubt) (church)

St John’s [London] (church)

St Lawrence [Bodmin] (church)

St Lawrence [Ventnor] (church)

St Luke’s [Southport] (church)

St Margaret’s [Edinburgh] (church)

St Margaret’s [Hertfordshire] (church)

St Mary’s [Lydney] (church)

St Mary’s [Huntingdon] (church)

St Michael’s [Liverpool] (church)

St Michael’s [Tenterden] (church)

St Paul’s [Birmingham] (church)

St Paul’s [London] (London Underground; church)

St Rollox (church)

Salvation Army [St Albans] (church)

Shadwell & St Georges in the East (church)

Singer (factory)

Six Bells [Abertillery] (pub)

Six Bells [Garndiffaith] (pub)

Spread Eagle [Stafford] (pub)

Stadium Of Light (sport)

Stag & Castle [Leicester] (pub)

Swansea St Thomas (church)

Swiss Cottage (London Underground; pub)

Temple (London Underground; church)

Temple Hirst (church)

Templemore (Ireland; church)

The Hawthorns (sport)

Three Cocks [Brecon] (pub)

Tram Inn (pub)

Travellers Rest [Abercynon] (pub)

Trouble House [Tetbury] (pub)

Uralite (factory)

Watford Stadium (sport)

Wedgwood (factory)

Wellington [Dundalk] (Ireland; pub)

Whistle Inn (Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway; pub)

White Bear [Chorley] (pub)

White Hart [Machen] (pub)

White Hart Lane (sport)

Wolverhampton St Georges (Midland Metro; church)

Wymondham Abbey (church)

Coventry Arena was originally to be named Ricoh Arena but did not open under this name

Which stations… have the highest elevation?


Dent (1150ft above sea level)


Corrour (variously reported as 1339ft, 1347ft and 1350ft above sea level)

Wanlockhead (1498ft above sea level) (now closed; once highest 'main line' station in Britain)


Summit (3493ft above sea level) (Snowdon Mountain Railway)

Waenavon (1392ft above sea level) (if you know the highest operational station, please let the editor know!)

Isle of Man

Snaefell Summit (2036ft above sea level)

Which stations… have 'Harrington Humps'?

This Wikipedia page gives a simple description of what a Harrington Hump is.  Entries in this table are based on the editor's interpretation of often cryptic source information.

Station Platform Date
Aberdovey Single 3 December 2009 (formal opening)
Adderley Park Both 21 February 2014
Amberley Down 5 December 2014
Ancaster Up 15 November 2013
Arram Both 1 November 2013
Battersby Single 2 December 2013
Bingham Up 13 September 2013
Blaydon Up 13 September 2013
Bootle Down 5 August 2013
Brampton Single 14 February 2014
Brandon Both 14 February 2014
Braystones Single 21 July 2013
Broome Single by spring 2015
Bryn Up 1 August 2013
Builth Road Single by spring 2015
Burnley Barracks Single 27 September 2013
Copplestone Single 14 March 2014
Corkickle Single 21 July 2013
Crediton Up 7 March 2014
Dalton Southbound October 2012
Danzey Both 23 May 2014
Drigg Up 29 July 2013
Dyffryn Ardudwy Single  
Earlswood Up 10 January 2014
Eccles Up 6 August 2013
Entwhistle Single 28 July 2013
Exeter St Thomas Down 28 March 2014
Exton Single 7 March 2014
Farnworth Up 21 July 2013
Station since rebuilt (2015) so probably no longer present
Ferryside Single August 2015
Flimby Up 8 July 2013
Flixton Down 4 August 2013
Great Bentley Both 28 March 2014
Great Coates Down 4 October 2013
Great Coates Up 25 October 2013
Grindleford Up 20 September 2013
Hadfield Single 6 August 2013
Harrington Both 8 December 2008 (first 'hump' only)
Heighington Both 18 October 2013
Henley in Arden Down 26 September 2014
Horton-in-Ribblesdale Up 8 July 2013
Hunmanby Down 15 November 2013
Hutton Cranswick Down 10 January 2014
Hutton Cranswick Up 27 September 2013
Kearsley Up 15 July 2013
Kents Bank   by November 2014
Knucklas Single during spring 2015
Lapworth Down 7 February 2014
Lapworth Up 6 October 2013
Lawrence Hill Down 7 March 2014
Llanbister Road Single 31 January 2015
Llangennech Both 28 February 2015
Llangunllo Single 31 January 2015
Llwyngwril Single  
Lowdham Both 13 October 2013
Market Rasen Both 13 October 2013
Nafferton Down 24 October 2014
Nafferton Up 1 November 2013
New Lane Up 31 October 2014
Newton St Cyres Single 14 March 2014
North Road Single 4 October 2013
Northwich Both 1 April 2011
Oulton Broad South Single 14 February 2014
Parton Both 15 July 2013
Pegswood Up 21 March 2014
Pembroke Single August 2015
Pembroke Dock Single August 2015
Penrhyndeudraeth Single 24 January 2015
Pleasington Down 28 July 2013
Pontarddulais Single 19 January 2015
Portsmouth Arms Single 28 March 2014
Rauceby Down 25 October 2013
Redbridge Up 22 March 2014
St Albans Abbey Single 17 July 2009 (installation)
11 August 2009 (formal opening)
St Bees Northbound October 2012
Sankey Up 20 September 2013
Seascale Both October 2012
Seaton Carew Both 30 May 2014
Spooner Row Down 21 March 2014
Stapleton Road Down 7 March 2014
Starbeck Down 15 November 2013
Swineshead Down 15 November 2013
Talsarnau Single 24 January 2015
The Lakes Both 10 January 2014
Thornton Abbey Both 6 June 2014
Valley Both? 14 May 2010 (formal opening)
Whaley Bridge Buxton by February 2013
Whitehaven Through by October 2011
Wigton Down 8 July 2013
Wood End Up 23 May 2014
Yorton Down 15 April 2016

Which stations… have been used but never had trains?

These are principally rail-related ferry/shipping service points.

Alloa North



Hull Corporation Pier

Liverpool Landing Stage



Woolwich Roffs Ferry

Which stations… have the largest concourse?

London Bridge (150,000m² from 2018 when rebuilding completed)

Which stations… were built but never opened?

Over the years, many stations have been proposed but never come to fruition.  This list attempts to show those where at least some physical construction started before they were abandoned.  All are "main line" schemes unless stated otherwise.

Barrhead (New) (Glenfield-Patterton)

Brierdene (Monkseaton)

Brockley Hill (Elstree South-Edgware, London Underground)

Collywell Bay (Monkseaton)

Coynant (Nantyffyllon)

Crowlands (Chadwell Heath-Romford)

Cwmgorse (Abernant colliery line)

Doncaster (York Road)

Dykebar (Barrhead (New)-Paisley East)

Ferguslie (Stanely-Paisley St James, possibly used for excursion traffic)

Glenfield (Barrhead (New)-Stanely)

Gwaun Cae Gurwen (Abernant colliery line)

Highgate (High Level) (London Underground)

Lullingstone (Swanley-Eynsford)

North End (Golders Green-Hampstead, also known as Bull & Bush; London Underground)

Queens Road (Clapton)

Paisley East (Dykebar-Paisley Gilmour Street)

Richboro Port

Snaith & Pollington (Sykehouse-Carlton Towers)

Stanely (Glenfield-Ferguslie)

Swithland (Rothley-Quorn)

Sykehouse (Thorpe in Balne-Snaith & Pollington)

Thorpe in Balne (Sykehouse-Adwick)

Treforest (after Rhydyfelin on Coryton branch)


Ynysygeinon Junction (Pontardawe-Ystalyfera)

Which stations… are served only by companies other than the station facility operator (SFO)?

Full list on this page.

Which stations… have the longest platforms?

These stations have platforms 450m-long or longer.  Lengths are official operational lengths where known; physical lengths can be longer especially where platforms are connected end-to-end.

Cheriton (791m long)

Bournemouth (platform 3/4 combined; 522m long)

Gloucester (platform 1/2 combined; 494m long)

Edinburgh Waverley (platform 10/11 combined; 492m long)

Perth (platform 4; 473m long)

Aberdeen (platform 6; 460m long)

Darlington (platform 4; 458m long)

Crewe (platform 6; 450m long)

For Bournemouth, Gloucester and Edinburgh Waverley, the combined length allows a single long train to use both platforms simultaneously.  Other stations where at least one platform is a bay could be a longer combined length (e.g. Colchester often quoted at ≈593m long).

Which stations… have the shortest platforms?

These stations have platforms 30m-long or shorter.  Lengths are official operational lengths where known; those prefixed with ≈ are measured from mapping systems.

Battersea Pier Staff Halt (3m long)

Fratton Staff Half (≈7m long)

Beauly (15m long)

Conon Bridge (15m long)

Dilton Marsh (both platforms, 15m long)

Gilfach Fargoed (both platforms, 17m long)

Berney Arms (18m long)

Sugar Loaf (21m long)

Hoo Junction Staff Halt (down platform ≈22m long; up platform is ≈34m long)

Llandecwyn (22m long)

Tygwyn (22m long)

Llandanwg (23m long)

Stourbridge Town (27m long)

Durnsford Road Staff Halt (27.43m long)

Loch Eil Outward Bound (28m long)

Avoncliff (both platforms, 30m long)

Causeland (30m long)

Coombe (30m long)

Sandplace (30m long)

St Keyne (30m long)

Which stations… have bilingual name signs?

Full list on this page.

Which stations… have international facilities?

Full list on this page.

Which stations… had CLASP buildings?

CLASP ('Consortium Local Authority Special Programme') was a system of prefabricated concrete panels designed as a quick and easy method of making utility buildings (e.g. schools and hospitals).  Thirty Southern region and three Western region stations had CLASP buildings replacing their traditional ones.  Most have since been replaced though some remain (e.g. Wool).

Station Installed Replaced Notes
Ashtead 1968 2013  
Aylesham 1968   Still present 2019
Belmont 1968 2004  
Belvedere 1968 2000  
Berrylands 1969   Still present 2017
Bristol Parkway 1972 2001  
Brockley 1972   Still present 2015
Catford 1970   Still present 2018
Charlton 1968   Still present 2018
Crawley 1967   Still present 2018
Crayford 1968 2008 Some ancillary buildings still present 2016
East Grinstead 1972 2013  
Fleet 1966 2014  
Forest Hill 1973   Still present 2017
Gloucester 1977   Still present 2018
Hampton Wick 1969 2005 Some ancillary buildings still present 2008
Hassocks 1973 2013  
Kidbrooke 1972 2015  
Longfield 1972   Still present 2016
Lower Sydenham 1972 1991 Burnt down 1989
Meopham 1973   Still present 2018
New Eltham 1968 1988  
Oxford 1971 1990  
Poole 1970 late-1980s  
Rainham (Kent) 1972 1989  
Slade Green 1968   Still present 2018
Strood 1973 2017  
Sunbury 1965   Still present 2014
Sunningdale 1972   Still present 2018
Virginia Water 1973   Still present 2019
West Byfleet 1973   Still present 2019
Wokingham 1973 2013  
Wool 1972   Still present 2018

Which stations… had Motorail facilities?


Birmingham International

Bristol Temple Meads


Cardiff Central



Edinburgh Waverley

Exeter St Davids

Fishguard Harbour

Fort William


London Euston

London Kensington Olympia

London Paddington


Newton Abbot

Newton le Willows



(precursor to modern system)



St Austell

Severn Tunnel Junction
(precursor to modern system)



Sutton Coldfield



Worcester Shrub Hill



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