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I wouldn't call it "bleak", although I thought Hadley Wood was surprisingly peaceful and quiet for a station on the busiest stretch of the ECML. I'd definitely say Severn Tunnel Junction is pretty bleak. It's cold, windy and it's not a very attractive station.

I think Northallerton can get somewhat bleak as well, although it's not too bad on a sunny day. Sticking with the ECML, Newark Northgate was very bleak when I last visited, then again it was nearly 11pm and I was changing to the last train of the day to Lincoln, so the same could probably be said for a lot of other stations at that time of night.

I saw people earlier mentioning Warrington Bank Quay and I honestly don't get that. I've only spent a couple of hours there, but it was lively enough. Plus it's the best smelling station on the entire network thanks to the factory at the North end.
 

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I saw people earlier mentioning Warrington Bank Quay and I honestly don't get that. I've only spent a couple of hours there, but it was lively enough. Plus it's the best smelling station on the entire network thanks to the factory at the North end.
I thought that it had been ;posted elsewhere that the factory was now closed/derelict(?).
 

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The Unilever plant at Warrington Bank Quay closed in October 2020 after some 135 years at the site.

Made Persil and Surf washing/soap powder at the plant.
 

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I saw people earlier mentioning Warrington Bank Quay and I honestly don't get that. I've only spent a couple of hours there, but it was lively enough. Plus it's the best smelling station on the entire network thanks to the factory at the North end.
I beg to differ. New Mills Newtown station is just downwind of the Swizzels sweet factory and on a good day the air smells of sherbet!
 

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I beg to differ. New Mills Newtown station is just downwind of the Swizzels sweet factory and on a good day the air smells of sherbet!
Try Zaanse Schans near Amsterdam. It's right next to a chocolate factory, and the whole area smells fantastic. Easily the best smelling station ever!
 

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New Southgate. No station building, it smelled and the surrounding area was bleak.

I felt like I was in no man's land, despite the London buses on the doorstep and an LU station within one mile.
 

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I beg to differ. New Mills Newtown station is just downwind of the Swizzels sweet factory and on a good day the air smells of sherbet!
You used to get sugary smells (at times) at Pontefract Tanshelf, which although pretty bleak is the least bleak of Pontecarlo's three stations. Alas Haribo production has now moved to the new factory next to the M62.
 

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You used to get sugary smells (at times) at Pontefract Tanshelf, which although pretty bleak is the least bleak of Pontecarlo's three stations. Alas Haribo production has now moved to the new factory next to the M62.

You also get that near Fenny Stratford if you walk down towards the canal - but I've never worked out what business it is it is coming from!
 

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Euston isn't cold. Grim depends on your view, so fair enough to that, but it's warm in winter and cool in summer.
Yes actually your right Euston isnt cold, but I still find it grim as a station.

I really like West Kirby too, feels very cosy!

Yes its a nice little terminus . Actually many of the Merseyrail stations out of the centre are quite pleasant.
 

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You could feasibly nominate the whole Merseyrail network for the bleak-o-meter.
not so

Once you get past the contiguous built-up area I'd go as far as to say "most". Even the likes of Aughton Park isn't unpleasant, though a bit barren.
Cressington is nice and Aigburth is too, nice old station building , old fashioned gas type lamps at Cressington. I like the art deco station on the Wirral.
 

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Someone had mentioned burton on trent...I can tell you as a (former) resident that if you’re not used to the smell there, you’re in for a very unpleasant surprise...unless you’re a marmite lover!
 

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The most unpleasant smelling station I can remember using was Tiverton Junction, where there was a meat factory nearby.
 

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The most unpleasant smelling station I can remember using was Tiverton Junction, where there was a meat factory nearby.
Depending on the direction of the wind, Edinburgh Park sometimes smells of a massive nearby chicken farm, and it's pretty disgusting.
 

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Someone had mentioned burton on trent...I can tell you as a (former) resident that if you’re not used to the smell there, you’re in for a very unpleasant surprise...unless you’re a marmite lover!

Ahh, so Burton In Trent is a marmite station?




I'll get me coat.:E
 

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Mmm, very fragrant! It always surprises me that it's such an expensive area to live in
IIRC, there's also a sewage works adjacent to Hersham station a little further down the same line. (Off-topic, but Berrylands sewage works used to have a very interesting narrow gauge railway system until the mid-seventies and more than one railway society has had official guided visits).
 

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