Railway request stops in Britain
March 8, 2016 5:03am CST
Despite living all my life in England, I had no idea that these rail stations still existed. Yesterday I took a trip over to my home town of Bolton, which involved catching the Clitheroe train from Manchester. As the train was slowing down at Bolton the guard announced that we were now entering Bolton and continued to list the forthcoming stops. The part that caught me by surprise was the mention Entwistle along with referring to it as “by request”. I actually asked a woman sitting nearby to ensure that I had not misheard. I do know where Entwistle is and I am aware that it is a small community, but had no idea that the system of request railway stations was still in existence. To alight from the train there you need to inform the guard of the fact and to catch a train from there you have to signal to the driver as the train approaches. Apparently there are still about 150 such small stations scattered across Britain, although I thought that this concept had ceased almost a century ago.
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• Manchester, England
8 Mar 16
If someone had asked me a few days ago about such stations I would have most likely said that they had not existed for a century or so. I even know the area quite well since it is very local to my home town, but have never had cause to use the train to go there.
• United States
9 Mar 16
@Asylum The train had to stick to the railway, of course. The taxis took a different route through the mountain terrain. It was great fun when the three taxis skidded to a stop in the gravel by the side of the rails as the train came around the bend. Da kommt der Zug!