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  1. Howardh

    Howardh Established Member

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    C'mon - everyone on here has a bagful of interesting but useless facts about railway stations which can be used to annoy people down the pub, lose a girlfriend or win a million in a quiz.

    EG Dent is England's highest (mainline) station, 1150'.....but which is the lowest?
    Which sells the most beer? Has the most expensive toilets? Covers the most acres? Any haunted? Etc etc etc!

    Please, the more irrelevant and pointless facts the better!! :lol:
     
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  3. paulweaver

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    Altnabraec station in the middle of nowhere is 5 times busier than Reddish South in deepest Manchester.

    I believe, back from when I wrote a NR route finder about 15 years ago, I found that Swindon was the most remote station in the UK.
     
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    Fishguard Harbour has the most regular service of ALL stations in the UK.

    There is a train departing at 0300 each day, and one at 1500 each day. Every day, including Sundays. So there is a train every 12 hours.

    Regular. Not frequent. But regular.

    (This is probably no longer true. I've not examined a recent timetable.)
     
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    Several stations have a Platform 0 but as yet no stations have platforms with a negative number.
     
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    In what sense of the word 'remote' can (or could) Swindon be described as such?
     
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    Isn't Piccadilly due to have - platforms when/if HS2 arrives? Think I'd prefer the platforms for HS2 to be preceeded by "H" and then the platform number!
    --- old post above --- --- new post below ---
    Penzance is the furthest south (just) , Thurso the furthest north and if I left immediately a single ticket would cost £225 and the journey take a touch over 28 hours
     
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    And as an extension, Arisaig is the furthest West and Lowestoft East, travelling as soon as available would cost 166.50 and take a fraction under 22 and a half hours (21 and a half the other way)
     
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    I'd go for Whittlesea as the lowest as some of the land nearby is below sea level.
     
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    I wondered about that too. I'm guessing that Swindon is the station which is the farthest from any other station ?
     
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    Yes, I do remember that one of the stations in the Tiny Stations book was actually below sea level.
     
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    According to wikipedia Dundee is as well.
     
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    London Victoria is 50pee for a p
     
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    Further from any other open station by rail.

    Actually it's not that bad, about 14 miles, just a long way for such a major town and a major part of the railway, I find it surprising. CORE isn't working anymore, but from some ramblings a decade ago, Hereford and Swindon down south are beaten by Okehampton, by Berwick upon Tweed wins in England and Stranraer in Scotland.
     
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    Taking the, err, p, you could say.
     
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    I'd always thought (perhaps wrongly!) that Dundee was the lowest non-subterranean station in the UK, but the lowest overall (discounting LU) I'd hazard a guess that it'd be either one of the Northern City Line stations or possibly the Wirral line loop.

    Huddersfield probably sells a fair bit of beer from the two pubs, one of which I'm sitting in right now, but I'd be surprised if it was the top. It does have two missing numbers from a total of 6 platforms (1-8, no 3 or 7) but again it probably isn't the highest on that count either. It is however (by all means correct me if I'm wrong!) the only grade-1 listed station that isn't in a settlement with city status.
     
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    The absurd numbering system at Temple Meads. How did it happen?
     
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    Chinley, the only station in Derbyshire and the whole East Midlands served by First Transpennine Express even if it is only once per day.

    Lockerbie, the only station in Scotland not served by ScotRail.

    Coleshill Parkway, the only station in Warwickshire (I think) not served by London Midland.

    Manchester Airport Metrolink, the only Metrolink stop actually containing the word "Manchester".
     
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    The platforms at TM are numbered quite logically apart from the absence of 14. (2 is still there but not visibly numbered and only used for stabling.)
    They go in ascending order west to east. Most of the through platforms are very long and frequently hold two trains at the same time, so are numbered as two separate platforms, odd numbers at the North end.
    13 and 15 are much shorter, so aren't split in the middle.

    If you really want a confusing platform layout - Waverley - now that's a different matter.
    --- old post above --- --- new post below ---

    And what is more, staffed by Scotrail.
     
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    Is Corby the only station that's been opened on three separate occasions?
     
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    I think Waterloo East is the only station to have a platform C or D
     
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    Waverley's platforms are numbered in a clockwise direction, starting at the north. If there's a more straightforward numbering system, I can't think what it is.
     
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    Nope - New Cross also has a Platform C and a Platform D
     
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    No. There are probably quite a few of those. Crookston and Hawkhead are another two.
     
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    I believe the last line of your post is correct!

    Denton and Reddish South would be examples of a perfectly regular, but very infrequent service.
     
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    Glasgow Queen Street Low Level is the UK's coldest station.

    I've no idea if this is true, in reality it's probably Dalwhinnie or Rannoch and I doubt if anyone has measured it anyway, but anyone who uses Queen Street regularly will know exactly what I mean![emoji3]
     
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    Carstairs is the least used staffed station.

    Sunderland is the only station where stopping heavy rail and light rail services use the same platforms.

    Dunbar Station (I think) has been managed by the most operators since privatisation 5 (GNER, NXEC, East Coast, VTEC and now ScotRail)
     
  28. Tim R-T-C

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    On the platform numbering system - Leeds is unique AFAIK for its completely non-sequential Platform W. The additional platform, now P1, built in the late 1990s on the site of the old parcels sidings and the older Leeds Wellington station, hence the W.

    [​IMG]

    On the statistics side, my wife and I represent 25% of the annual user figures for Teesside Airport station for 2014. It recorded 8 visitors in that period.

    Nah, its Hellifield. Spent a few hours there in early 2000s during WC diverts - lost all feeling in my jaw in a couple of hours, couldn't talk for about an hour after getting back in the car.
     
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    <Les Dawson mode>
    Must buy a hat, scarf and muffler. The mother-in-law could do with a day out...
     
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    What kind of platform shelters did Hellifield have at the time?
     
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    Garsdale has the highest working railway toilets in England (possibly in Britain, but can't remember).
     
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