Here are some amazing and utterly useless facts about Britain’s railway system!

  • The UK railway network has over 9941 miles (16000 km) of railway tracks to explore
  • There are over 50,000 bridges and tunnels on the network
  • The longest station platform in England is at Gloucester and measures 1977  feet (602.6m) in length
  • Longest station seat is at Scarborough and is 456 feet (139m)long
  • Longest railway tunnel in Britain (other than the Channel Tunnel) is the Severn Tunnel linking England with Wales and is 4.5 miles (7km) long
  • A Virgin Pendolino train returns 17% of electricity used to the National Grid every time it brakes.  You could brew 2.6 billion cups of tea using this regenerative electricity!
  • The longest station name in Britain is on the Isle of Anglesey – have a go at saying it. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
  • Clapham Junction (south London) is the busiest station in Britain
  • Longest non stop passenger service is from London Euston to Preston
  • Station with the most number of platforms is London Waterloo
  • Longest bridge is Tay Bridge in Scotland measuring 2 miles 364 yards
  • Highest point is Druimuachder summit (Perth to Inverness mainline) at1484feet above sea level and
  • Lowest point on the network is the bottom of the Severn Tunnel at 144 feet below sea level
  • Steepest gradient is 1 in 31.3 between Exeter St Davids and Exeter Central


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