In the spirit of some of the “most impressive” or “favourite X, Y, Z” threads, this is question is what is your most interesting, most nostalgic, most boring and most hated aspects of the railways and why? To kick off, my opinion is:
- Most interesting: Manchester Piccadilly to Manchester Victoria. This one chaotic stretch of track contains so much variety. Different architectural styles, a visual history from the days of Stephenson to the present day, the back drop of an evolving city through to the mix of rolling stock, means that for me this is the most interesting part of the railway network. St. Pancras comes a close second.
- Most nostalgic: Newcastle Central. The first ‘big’ station I recall going to. The chaos and noise, married with the maze that appeared to be a myriad of trains and platforms to go to all sorts of destinations (although the reality is very different to a child’s imagination).
- Most boring: London Waterloo and London Victoria. Dull rolling stock and dull destinations. It is a commuter hell that numbs the mind.
- Most hated: London Euston. It is a parcel depot attempting to be a railway station. Not just any station either, but the main entry point in to London for vast swathes of the country.