What is your favourite station in the UK?

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  1. Peregrine 4903

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    London Kings Cross - Ever since the new concourse was opened and the square was opened up at the front of the station, the station and the surrounding area have become so nice. A lovely and unbeleivably grand station.

    London Blackfriars is also a wonderful station, and the view over the River Thames is insane. Whoever decided to build the station over a river is a genius.
     
  2. Grannyjoans

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    Barnetby, or at least in the days when it had semaphore signals

    A station where freight outnumbers passenger. Definetely not as busy as it used to be though.

    I also like that its in a quiet location and there aren't many people around on the station
     
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    The ironically named Brightside - I just love that it's closed, derelict and out in the open for all to see on the Hallam Line, proper ghost station.

    Leamington Spa for its gorgeous platform garden and the Art Deco period waiting rooms.
     
  4. Whistler40145

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    For me, it’s St Pancras International or King’s Cross
     
  5. 61653 HTAFC

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    Brightside was one of those where the pleasantness of the name is inversely proportional to the surrounding environment... Flowery Field and Rose Grove being similar!
     
  6. STEVIEBOY1

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    Wick is very similar to Thurso.

    I like Birmingham Moor Street too.
     
  7. STEVIEBOY1

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    Is that the Moor at Rannoch Hotel. I just looked at their website and it does look good.
     
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    I raise you Coatbridge Sunnyside.
     
  9. DerekC

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    That's the one. From Euston on the sleeper, waking beside Loch Lomond, alight for breakfast at the Rannoch Hotel, at the end of the stay dinner and then the walk along to the station and wait for the lights of the sleeper coming down from Corrour - it's just magic!
     
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    Denby Dale is among my favourites, at least for the location. I love the way it has both a very rural feel, but there's also the sounds of industry from the builder's yard on the old goods yard. The station itself is fairly basic these days (as is expected), but there's echoes of the past with the subway and former goods shed now occupied by the builders. Just a shame there's only an hourly service with usually poor rolling stock!
     
  11. coradiafan2000

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    This is an unpopular opinion likely to get me shot, but I've never been overly fond of St Pancras. I mean it's certainly impressive, and awe inspiring. But I don't find it beautiful like Paddington, Temple Meads, or York. A big part of that could be my nostalgic bias however.

    Also not a fan of how you have to walk into a different time zone to reach the Midland platforms, although I guess it can't be helped.
     
  12. Howardh

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    St Pancras to me is more like an airport - just full to the brim of "retail opportunities" and not the sort of place you want to hang around. And dilapidated old Euston is just as bad, as they won't let you on to the platforms (where there's nowhere to sit anyway) if your train's late the only option is to stand in the middle with 1000 others looking and feeling a right plank. Unless, of course, you want to sit in one of the pubs and cafes and spend.
    At least at Piccadilly you've a bit of a chance of finding a seat. No idea what the other London terminals are like?
     
  13. yorksrob

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    I think Euston has a rather good concourse, albeit a bit cluttered these days.
     
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    Forgot about Manchester Piccadilly, that's another one of my favourites. As said before I adore Paddington, King's Cross is my second favourite London terminal, quite nice although the new concourse built to the side feels a bit too retaily for me. I've already given my opinion on St Pancras.

    I hated Euston when I first visited it, although I have warmed up to it slightly, still wouldn't say I like it. Waterloo is quite nice, has a great roof and there's obviously the former Eurostar terminal. I quite like Victoria as well, very busy but still seems to remember it's heritage. It's unique as it's essentially two stations acting as the main terminals for Southern and Southeastern.

    I really like Marylebone. Smaller than most of the other stations although it's quite pretty. I find the new Blackfriars quite nice and airy being situated on a bridge over the Thames. The rest of the London terminals I either haven't spent enough time at to form an opinion of (Charing Cross, London Bridge) or find too unremarkable to mention (sorry Fenchurch Street fans).

    That was rather long! Apologies if I rambled.
     
  15. Geoff DC

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    Far away station has to be Paddington, even before you get into the train Shed you can feel the change on the escalators up from the darkest depths of despondency - suddenly its all Cornish, Welsh & Western English with humour smiles & good manners.

    Even though its another 5 hrs plus to get home to Penzance it has a feel of home you don't get anywhere else in London
     
  16. Howardh

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    Yes, when I reach Euston I feel as though I'm almost home, although 2hrs 10 is a bit of a shorter ride than yours!
     
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    I know what you mean, it might be the Victoria Line but from one of those platforms the whole walk up to the gateline for the EMR trains, is a long way, possibly worth booking a cab for!!!!
     
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    Kettering.
    Lots of original features and lovely glass and iron canopies.
    Station spoilt very recently by electrification works and new footbridge which is just bog standard network rail design rather than blending it with the victorian feel of the station.
     
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    Apology not needed!

    Euston’s platforms have always been nasty, but for the first 15 or so years of its life the Great Hall was really nice. It then got wrecked by being cluttered up with “retail units” and has never really recovered.

    I agree about Piccadilly, though I presume you don’t have to use 13 & 14 very often ;)
     
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    I visited Kettering for the first time earlier this month. Lovely station.
     
  21. gaillark

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    I stayed at the next station ...Corrour at the station house overlooking the railway a few years ago. The former signal box was not yet converted into accommodation. Great location and views. Arrived and departed on the sleeper from Euston. Quite novel to stick your arm out and hail down the train hoping it will stop. 20150326_115519.jpg
    Rannoch Moor hotel is also great so I will agree with you Derek.
     
  22. STEVIEBOY1

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    Not a problem, I agree with your comments. Moving slightly away, I noticed in I think the Daily Telegraph yesterday, there was a picture of a waiting room at Bridlington, (which when I went through it on a steam special, looked quite nice) It had a lot of old railway memorabilia, but the room may be closing down, I hope the memorabilia will find a new home.

    I Like Waterloo and Marylebone.
     
  23. Llandudno

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    Yep!

    This is Lancaster, this is Lancaster...
    Change here for Bare Lane and Morecambe
    Change here for Carnforth and all stations to Barrow in Furness, Askham and Millom.

    I remember the 1980s announcements well!
     
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    If we're talking larger stations, then I'll give a shout out for Derby. Nothing special from an architectural point of view, even though the 1980s station building is quite stylish in its own way. But I think it really scores with its ample platform coverings, toilets on each platform and general clean and tidy presentation. I can't speak for on-station retail outlets because I never use them (I have an aversion to being ripped off), but there's a convenience store, a chippy and some ace pubs in the immediate vicinity.
    Nottingham had one a couple of years back...
     
  25. Mike99

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    For all the wrong reasons that really made me laugh
     
  26. johnnychips

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    Me too, but I think Penrith had a more controlled example in the waiting room a couple of years ago.
     

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