UK railway station trivia

Last update 2 October 2021

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This page is dedicated to those things that don't fit easily into other pages. Additional items will be added as and when the editor thinks they will be of interest to readers. Feel free to send any suggestions.

Which stations… have the greatest variety of name signs?

Most likely Handforth.

Which stations… are listed?

This document dated 1979 is a British Rail catalogue of its listed buildings 7.2Mb file. 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.

Royal Mail's Railnet terminals are shown here.

Station Where Notes
Alton platform
Audley End platform disused
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 disused
Cardiff Central concourse
Carlisle platform two
Carmarthen platform
Cheltenham Spa concourse removed 2012
Chester platform
Cork Kent concourse
Crewe concourse
Darlington platform
Diss platform
Douglas 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 concourse
Grantham platform
Gravesend platform
Great Malvern platform
Harrogate platform
Harwich International platform
Hexham platform
Holyhead concourse
Hull concourse
Inverness concourse
Kemble concourse
Kingussie platform
Leamington Spa platform
Leatherhead platform
Leeds concourse
Leicester platform
Lincoln platform
Llandrindod Wells platform
Llanelli platform
London Euston concourse
London Marylebone concourse
London Paddington concourse
Loughborough platform
Lowestoft concourse
Malton platform
Manchester Victoria concourse
March platform
Marden platform box in external wall
Menston platform
Morpeth platform
Newton Abbot platform
Norwich concourse
Oxford concourse
Penrith platform
Pitlochry platform
Rannoch platform
Reading concourse
Retford platform
Riding Mill platform?
Ropley Mid Hants Railway platform unclear if original or ever serviced by Royal Mail
Rugby platform two
Selby platform
Skipton platform
Stamford platform
Stirling platform
Stockport platform two
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.

Ambergate

Bishop Auckland

Earlestown

Forres unclear if south-to-east platforms existed

Queensbury

Rutherglen

Shipley

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 or access arrangements changed post-preservation.

Abbey North British Railway

Altnabreac

Ash Town

Ashey Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Bala Junction

Beasdale access uncertain

Beeston Tor Leek & Manifold Valley Light Railway

Berney Arms

Black Rock

Boscarne Exchange Platform

Burnhill

Cairnie Junction 1 June 1898-14 June 1965?

Campbell's Platform Ffestiniog Railway

Cefn-Onn

Camber Sands Rye & Camber Tramway

Clogwyn Snowdon Mountain Railway

Coleford Junction

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

Consall

Corrour

County March

Country Park Severn Valley Railway

Creosor Junction

Cutlers Green

Dduallt Ffestiniog Railway

Deadwater

Dovey Junction

Dukeries Junction

Dungeness

Eastry

Elvington

Freshfield Bluebell Railway

Golf Club Halt

Golf Links Rye & Camber Tramway

Grogley

Haddiscoe

Halfway Snowdon Mountain Railway

Hazel Grove Midland Railway

Holehouse Junction 2 December 1895-3 April 1950

Holton Heath road access provided from ≈1940s?

Hope Exchange later opened as a full stop

Incline Top

Ingra Tor

Kelston

Killin Junction 1 April 1886-?

Kirriemuir

Lambley

Lewiefield

Linley

Lochskerrow road access provided from 1950s

Longcross

Lympstone Commando

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

Methven

Middlewood

Morebath Junction

Nant Gwernol Talyllyn Railway

New Hadley

Newton Dale North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Otford Junction

Pilmoor road access provided from 1879

Plas Ffestiniog Railway

Port Victoria

Raglan Footpath

Rheidol Falls Vale of Rheidol Railway

Rhiwfron Vale of Rheidol Railway

Riccarton Junction

River Douglas

Rocky Valley Snowdon Mountain Railway

Roudham Junction

Sinfin Central

Smallbrook Junction

Sparrowlee Leek & Manifold Valley Light Railway

Stretford Bridge Bishop's Castle Railway

Summit Snowdon Mountain Railway

The Midden Wells & Walsingham Railway

Thor's Cave Leek & Manifold Valley Light Railway

Uralite

Waddon Marsh

West Ashfield London Underground training 'station' in office block

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

Bushbury 2 August 1852-30 June 1856

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

East Grinstead High Level 1 August 1882-15 October 1883

Hereford Junction dates unknown

Hunthill Junction dates unknown

Kemble 12 May 1845-1 May 1882

North Kent Junction 1 September 1849-?

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
Doncaster 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'
Leeds opened 27 December 2020 (first trains called 28 December)
Liverpool Lime Street from 30 July 2018 former platform 1, now trackless, referred to as 'platform 0'
London Kings Cross opened 25 May 2010; taken out of use 20 December 2020; returned to use 26 April 2021
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 ≈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

Acrow factory

All Saints Docklands Light Railway; church

Wellworthy Ampress Works [commonly called 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

Imperial War Museum Manchester Metrolink; entertainment

intu Trafford Centre Manchester Metrolink; renamed The Trafford Centre on maps 22 January 2021 and name boards by 27 January 2021 retail

Jolly Sailor renamed Norwood in ≈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

Welsh Harp 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?

England

Dent (1,150ft above sea level)

Princetown (1,427ft above sea level) now closed

Scotland

Corrour (variously reported as 1,339ft, 1,347ft and 1,350ft above sea level)

Wanlockhead (1,413ft above sea level; often reported as 1,498ft but this was nearby line summit) now closed; once highest 'main line' station in Britain

Ptarmigan (3,559ft above sea level) Cairn Gorm Mountain Railway

Wales

Summit (3,493ft above sea level) Snowdon Mountain Railway

Waenavon (1,392ft above sea level) now closed

Llangynllo (≈978ft above sea level) if you know the exact official elevation, please let the editor know

Isle of Man

Snaefell Summit (2,036ft above sea level)

Northern Ireland

Pomeroy (561ft above sea level) now closed

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
Prees ?
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

Dartmouth

Gravesend

Hull Corporation Pier

Liverpool Landing Stage

Rosherville

Sheerness

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

Escombe near Bishop Auckland

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

Glenfield Barrhead (New)-Stanely

Gwaun Cae Gurwen Abernant colliery line

Howden Bishop Auckland-Crook

Kishoge/Kishogue Adamstown-Clondalkin/Fonthill; Iarnród Éireann

Lullingstone Swanley-Eynsford

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

Old Etherley Colliery Bishop Auckland-Crook

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

Uphill construction not certain

Warmsworth

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 (for example, the combined platform at Manchester's Victoria and Exchange stations was 681m long).

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

Northam Staff Halt ≈3m long exists as a NLC, etc. but no evidence seen on site

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?

Aberdeen

Birmingham International

Bristol Temple Meads

Brockenhurst

Cardiff Central

Carlisle

Crewe

Dover

Eastbourne

Edinburgh Waverley

Exeter St Davids

Fishguard Harbour

Fort William

Harwich

Holyhead

Inverness

London Euston

London Kensington Olympia

London Paddington

Newcastle

Newhaven

Newton Abbot

Newton le Willows

Okehampton precursor to modern system

Penzance

Perth

Pilning precursor to modern system

Plymouth

Reading

St Austell

Severn Tunnel Junction precursor to modern system

Sheffield

Stirling

Surbiton precursor to modern system

Sutton Coldfield

Swansea

Totnes

Worcester Shrub Hill

York