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« Reply #15 on: September 23, 2021, 06:39:07 pm »


The winner by a mile must be the combined ManVic platform 11 which was continuous with ManExch platform 3, some 682m.

The obvious termination point for HS2 (The next High Speed line(s)) except that the Exchange portion is now "virtual"

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« Reply #16 on: September 23, 2021, 11:29:10 pm »

The winner by a mile must be the combined ManVic platform 11 which was continuous with ManExch platform 3, some 682m.

The longest platforms currently in public use in the UK (United Kingdom) are some 792m in length.
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« Reply #17 on: September 24, 2021, 07:52:38 pm »

Falmouth Town Platform: 60 years ago, if you'd been standing on it, you'd have been going either towards Truro or Newquay. Today, you'd be going towards Truro or Falmouth Docks.   
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« Reply #18 on: September 24, 2021, 08:02:50 pm »

Still get a buzz arriving or departing from “the Royal platform” - number one at Paddington. 
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« Reply #19 on: September 25, 2021, 01:10:09 am »

Launceston (current) and Wilderswil; both having what in common?
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« Reply #20 on: September 25, 2021, 02:03:11 am »

Launceston (current) and Wilderswil; both having what in common?

Both have running rails embedded in the platform.

Launceston - https://visittamarvalley.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/LauncestonSteamRailway8.jpeg

Wilderswil - https://www.flickr.com/photos/bods/2828731904/
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« Reply #21 on: September 25, 2021, 03:18:30 am »

Falmouth Town Platform: 60 years ago, if you'd been standing on it, you'd have been going either towards Truro or Newquay. Today, you'd be going towards Truro or Falmouth Docks.   

Hasn't it been open only for 50 years?  You could not have stood in it 60 years ago.  From Wikipedia

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7 December 1970   Opened as Falmouth
5 May 1975   Renamed The Dell
15 May 1989   Renamed Falmouth Town
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« Reply #22 on: September 25, 2021, 08:18:16 am »

Falmouth Town Platform: 60 years ago, if you'd been standing on it, you'd have been going either towards Truro or Newquay. Today, you'd be going towards Truro or Falmouth Docks.   

Hasn't it been open only for 50 years?  You could not have stood in it 60 years ago.  From Wikipedia

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7 December 1970   Opened as Falmouth
5 May 1975   Renamed The Dell
15 May 1989   Renamed Falmouth Town

A large part of the platform at Falmouth Town came from Perranporth Beach Halt, which was still in use 60 years ago....
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« Reply #23 on: September 26, 2021, 12:34:11 am »

The longest platforms currently in public use in the UK (United Kingdom) are some 792m in length.

I was expecting someone to ask "Huh?" with this post.

Folkestone Eurotunnel Terminal.
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« Reply #24 on: September 26, 2021, 07:26:59 am »

Paddington's Platform 13 for functionality and ease of access

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« Reply #25 on: September 26, 2021, 07:44:04 am »

Paddington's Platform 13 for functionality and ease of access

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Platform 14 at Bristol Temple Meads ... for the wonderful meeting facilities there, the refreshments in a whole different style to you'll normally find on a platform, and the ability to sit with your laptop and / or colleagues and work in peace without even the sound of dmus ticking over just outside.

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« Reply #26 on: September 26, 2021, 07:52:58 am »

... work in peace without even the sound of dmus ticking over just outside ...

My spell checker is too futuristic for its own good - kept changing dmus to emus in the post above. If only ... but away from the London 'burbs and London to Cardiff line express services, we don't have any electric trains in the South West (or South Wales) yet.

You will find local and regional electric trains/trams in Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle, Nottingham, Newcastle, Blackpool, Edinburgh ... how about a bit of levelling up??

Correction - the Seaton Tramway is electric ...
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« Reply #27 on: September 26, 2021, 09:50:16 am »

... work in peace without even the sound of dmus ticking over just outside ...

My spell checker is too futuristic for its own good - kept changing dmus to emus in the post above. If only ... [/i]
There have been emus in Bristol, briefly, about fifty years ago (and not at the zoo): https://youtu.be/0r8afyJjOsM
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« Reply #28 on: September 26, 2021, 02:21:22 pm »

The longest platforms currently in public use in the UK (United Kingdom) are some 792m in length.

I was expecting someone to ask "Huh?" with this post.

Folkestone Eurotunnel Terminal.

That's noticeably longer than Gloucester's which I thought was the longest although I gather Colchester also was in the contest.
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« Reply #29 on: September 26, 2021, 04:19:02 pm »

The longest platforms currently in public use in the UK (United Kingdom) are some 792m in length.

I was expecting someone to ask "Huh?" with this post.

Folkestone Eurotunnel Terminal.

That's noticeably longer than Gloucester's which I thought was the longest although I gather Colchester also was in the contest.

I think it's inevitable you'll be talking to your inner Joad at some point on this question. What do you mean by platform, and which length matters?

If the length is what's usable by passengers to board a train, then the Folkestone Shuttle facility has obvious problems. It's only been built for and is only used by vehicles, so for a start you should exclude the ends past the ramps that vehicles can't get to. And probably not even then.

Colchester is an absolute cheat. It's not one platform, it's a through platform and a bay end to end. So it fails the "could you put one train that long in it" test.

That leaves Gloucester, Cambridge, and Edinburgh (Waverley). All have one or more through platforms with a full crossover in the middle so each half can be used separately. Only Gloucester has a length quoted by NR» (Network Rail - home page) for both platforms used as one, but I don't believe that number as it equals the sum of the two bits used separately. The other two are only listed as two platforms with a length each.

Since platform edges have now been rebuilt to new standards, and are not considered as usable without coping and yellow lines (and knobbly strips), this overall length of that part can be measured as the overall length. NR's operational length will be less, as a result of signalling rules. On the basis of the total fit for passenger use, Gloucester wins with at least 595 m, followed by Edinburgh with 546 m and Cambridge with 538 m. But of course other definitions are available, if you prefer.
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