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Last update 26 April 2017

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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… a platform 0?

Cardiff Central
(opened by May? 2002)

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 (first trains called 12 December) 2016)

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)

Preston
(temporary use of old parcels platform, used in 2004)

Rainham
(opened 29 March 2016)

Redhill
(under construction)

Stockport
(opened for occasional use c.18 September 2005; regular use March 2008)

 

Which stations have… names reflecting commerce?

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

Ampress

Bicester Village

British Steel Redcar

Dunrobin Castle

IBM

Loch Eil Outward Bound

Lympstone Commando

Manchester United Football Club

Rams Line

Singer

Stadium Of Light

Watford Stadium

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

 

Which stations have… the highest elevation?

England

Dent (1150ft above sea level)

Scotland

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

Wales

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 Single 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?

 

Dartmouth

Hull Corporation Pier

 

Which stations have… the largest concourse?

London Bridge (from 2018 when rebuilding is complete)

 

Which stations have… been 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, Underground]

Collywell Bay [Monkseaton]

Crowlands [Chadwell Heath-Romford]

Doncaster (York Road)

Dykebar [Barrhead (New)-Paisley East]

Ferguslie [Stanley-Paisley St James, possibly used for excursion traffic]

Glenfield [Barrhead (New)-Stanley]

Highgate (High Level) [Underground]

Lullingstone [Swanley-Eynsford]

North End [Golders Green-Hampstead, 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]

Warmsworth

 

Which stations have… services provided only by companies other than the station facility operator (SFO)?

Full list on this page.

 

Which stations have… the longest platforms?

Lengths are official operational lengths where known.

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)

 

Which stations have… the shortest platforms?

Lengths are official operational lengths where known.

Beauly (15m long)

Dilton Marsh (both platforms, 15m long)

Gilfach Fargoed (both platforms, 17m long)

Berney Arms (18m long)

Sugar Loaf (21m long)

Llandecwyn (22m long)

Tygwyn (22m long)

Llandanwg (23m long)

Stourbridge Town (27m 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)