A branch of history
Shivering on an empty platform or crammed into a cola-can ‘express’ it’s hard to grasp the one-time romance of railways. But Brunel built stations as cathedrals to steam, and on insignificant branch lines a miniature Palladian villa might surprise and delight the rail traveller.
Our cities and countryside are studded with architectural gems that Simon Jenkins, former chairman of the National Trust, has collected as Britain’s 100 best stations. As the beginnings and ends of memorable journeys, or of brief encounters, they possess a peculiar magic and an unsung but fascinating history.
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