An odyssey…

a long and eventful or adventurous journey or experience

The Office of Rail and Road’s rail statistics compendium (last published 2 December 2021) shows there to be 2,569 railway stations in the United Kingdom, this blog will hopefully chronicle my attempt to visit every single one of them.

I know this has been done before, by Vicki Pipe and Geoff Marshall, whose blog All The Stations is well worth a look but my attempt will differ from theirs in one very significant way.

Two of Vicki and Geoff’s self-imposed rules were:

  1. At each station we had to either arrive or leave on a scheduled train that was timetabled to stop. Fast trains that passed through did not count.
  2. We did not have to leave the train at every station, but we did get off at some of the most interesting stations to capture footage of the surrounding areas.

My only self-imposed rule is this:

  1. As far as is possible, I not only have to leave the train at every station, I have to depart by a different train.

So assuming I manage to visit 100 stations per year that’s 26 years of train travel!

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