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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