Our last few railway station quizzes proved very popular, so as many of you may be jumping on trains to head away for the Bank Holiday weekend, or head home from your half term trips, we thought we’d run another. We’re making 10,000 changes a day to our database holding the vast master map of Great Britain and changes to the rail network and railway stations themselves form a part of that.
We’ve found out a few facts about our railway network too, did you know:
Last year’s railway station quiz proved very popular, so as many of you may be jumping on trains across the country to head home from work or away for the weekend, we thought we’d run another. Changes to the rail network and railway stations themselves form a part of the tens of thousands of changes Ordnance Survey capture each month as we maintain the master map of Great Britain.
The oldest railway stations in Great Britain are almost as old as Ordnance Survey itself (founded in 1791). It’s thought that the world’s first railway station was built for the Swansea and Mumbles Railway in 1807 and the world’s oldest station still in use is Broad Green railway station in Liverpool, England, which was built in 1830.
So, even if you are nipping in and out of a railway station today, would we recognise it on a map? There are eight extracts of OS MasterMap below showing train stations across Great Britain. We’ve stripped off all the road names and labels to make you work that bit harder. Post your answers on the blog and we’ll let you know the answers later.
To help celebrate this week’s Swanage and Purbeck Walking Festival, we have a walk from the picturesque Corfe Castle into the lovely Victorian seaside town of Swanage. You can use the Swanage Railway to get back to Corfe Castle – although do check timetables in advance as the train times vary greatly over the seasons. Once back in Corfe, the castle is definitely worth a visit and there are a number of great pubs to grab some food too.
Length of route:
OS Explorer Map (1:25 000) Purbeck and South Dorset OL 15