London Train Stations



There are nine major train stations in London, each serving different parts of the UK, therefore the station you travel from is determined by where you want to go.  Be sure you get to the right train station in order to successfully begin your journey.  London Transport has a 'Stationlink' bus service which runs between the major British Rail stations.  In addition all the stations are part of the Underground (Tube) network, and so it is reasonably easy to travel from one station to another.
 

Victoria Station

Victoria station is the only main line terminal station in Londonís West End and it is the hub for all forms of transportation.   Its origins began with the Great Exhibition of 1851.  Today, it is one of Londonís busiest and most congested stations.  And it is the one that most tourists have heard about   Itís worth a visit to see the impressive glazed ironwork roof.

 

       

Paddington Station
 

Paddington was built as the terminus of the Great Western Railway in 1850 - 54. This spectacular train shed has an iron girder roof with three-bays, and these have 189 decorative wrought iron ribs and are supported by a cast-iron column every third rib. Paddington is unusual in that it does not have a principal exterior facade.  In its place is the Great Western Hotel.
 

       

Waterloo Station
 

Waterloo is the UK's largest station, covering an area of 24.5 acres. One of its most notable features is the Victory Arch, built of Portland Stone. This commemorates the London and South Western and the Southern Railway men who gave their lives in the First and Second World Wars.
 


Kings Cross
 

The station was opened in 1852 and the station roof, the largest at the time, was supposedly modeled on the riding school of the Czars of Moscow. It is also rumored that Queen Boadicea (Queen of the Roman Tribes in Britain) is buried beneath platform 8.   This rail station is home to the magical "Platform 9 3/4," where the young wizards of Harry Potter board the trains.
 


Euston Station
 

The original Euston station opened in 1837 but was completely rebuilt in conjunction with the electrification of the West Coast Main Line between 1963 and 1968. Two Portland stone entrance lodges and the war memorial still survive from the old station.    
 

       
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