Most exhilarating station approach

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Matchmaker- Interesting yes, esp from a distance in time and place, but 'exhilarating'? Horrifying I am thinking, esp for the driver and anyone seeing or foreseeing what was happening. I will confess to having had a similar thought though, it bringing to mind the Moorgate tube disaster. I still have in my memory a picture of the driver transfixed, and hesitate to think of the minds of passengers, esp regulars who would have known 'this isn't right ...

I'm a lot happier thinking of Whitby, despite Dracula.
 
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London Euston. While it doesn't provide a great view, it has this sort of "This is London" or "Welcome to London" feel to it. I don't know why... but something about it's approach just feels exciting...
 

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London Euston. While it doesn't provide a great view, it has this sort of "This is London" or "Welcome to London" feel to it. I don't know why... but something about it's approach just feels exciting...
The first time 10 year old me did it, it was very exciting, as "London Euston" always sounded like such an important station when I was growing up in the north. Still remember seeing the 'London Euston 1 Mile' sign at Camden for the first time.

Nowadays, Euston is about as humdrum and routine as it gets...
 

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There were some big yards with lovely big traditional signal boxes in them on the way out of Euston, I seem to recall from my University days. Don't know if they're still there though.
 

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There were some big yards with lovely big traditional signal boxes in them on the way out of Euston, I seem to recall from my University days. Don't know if they're still there though.
The first sweep past Wembley Yard and (old) Wembley Stadium was very exciting too!
 

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Crewe definitely. Lots of units parked up from the south.

Are the old locos still there towards Chester?

I’ve only passed recently during hours of darkness.

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The approach to Crewe from the south on 29th June 1937 wax reasonably exhilarating by all accounts!
 

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Used to love the banked corner into Rotherham Masborough from Sheffield. Full throttle if not stopping, brakes sparking if stopping. Droplight down on a rake of mark ones, a Peak up front, ready to alight on a dark Autumn evening. Sigh....
 

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London Euston. While it doesn't provide a great view, it has this sort of "This is London" or "Welcome to London" feel to it. I don't know why... but something about it's approach just feels exciting...
You're not wrong. There's an element of infrastructural theatre to it as you descend Camden Bank, sidings and diveunders passing everywhere about you, the approaches becoming ever more complex until you're pretty much at the platform. Definitely a feeling of 'you're finally here'. It's grotty and messy and I rather like it.
 

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You're not wrong. There's an element of infrastructural theatre to it as you descend Camden Bank, sidings and diveunders passing everywhere about you, the approaches becoming ever more complex until you're pretty much at the platform. Definitely a feeling of 'you're finally here'. It's grotty and messy and I rather like it.
Not sure about grotty and messy. The track layout is wonderful!
 

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I used to love arriving into Lincoln Central from the east, past all the signal boxes, level crossings and semaphores. Might not have been particularly scenic but definitely interesting coming from colour-light land into something which felt so early 20th century. Shame it was all stripped out in 2008 - the place hasn't felt the same since.

From a scenic point of view two stations jump straight to mind, neither are major stations though, but I always stop what I'm doing to look out when I go through them.

Saltaire - Titus Salt's mill just looks so... well, solid - definitely imposing, a fine looking monument too.

Denby Dale - The high viaduct giving a panorama of the sleepy village, all sandstone and quaint. I was once on a morning commute through to Huddersfield and the train did an emergency brake proceedure on the viaduct. We sat there for a while and then a herd of cows came wandering past. That could have been interesting.
 
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London Euston. While it doesn't provide a great view, it has this sort of "This is London" or "Welcome to London" feel to it. I don't know why... but something about it's approach just feels exciting...
All the Bakerloo and DC services wizzing past , the intensity of trains passing as yoou come in.
 

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All the Bakerloo and DC services wizzing past , the intensity of trains passing as yoou come in.
Yes, also saw my very first sight of a Tube train in the turnback at Harrow & Wealdstone that shouted "nearly in London!"
 

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Yes, also saw my very first sight of a Tube train in the turnback at Harrow & Wealdstone that shouted "nearly in London!"
Likewise! My first ever train trip was a 390 from Dumfries down to London. I remember thinking Carlisle had a massive station, it’s almost like the WCML builds up in intensity of infrastructure from Glasgow down to Euston, as a young’un it really impressed me and thinking back this journey was quite possibly what got me interested in railways in the first place.
 

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I've always loved the approach to Penhelig from Dovey Junction, running right along the banks of the river with the mountains in the distance. :)

The approach to Barmouth from Morfa Mawddach (crossing the Barmouth Bridge) is equally charming.
 

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Likewise! My first ever train trip was a 390 from Dumfries down to London. I remember thinking Carlisle had a massive station, it’s almost like the WCML builds up in intensity of infrastructure from Glasgow down to Euston, as a young’un it really impressed me and thinking back this journey was quite possibly what got me interested in railways in the first place.
Yeah i quite like the section Preston to London for more intensity .
 

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