Railway station layout

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Achnashellach is a very basic railway station with just a raised platform and small shelter
At the opposite end of the scale, major termini like London Waterloo are vast buildings with many tracks

A railway station is a place where trains make scheduled stops. Stations usually have one or more platforms constructed alongside a line of railway. However, railway stations come in many different configurations – influenced by such factors as the geographical nature of the site, or the need to serve more than one route, which may or may not be connected, and the level of the tracks. Examples include:

  • stations in tunnels;
  • stations with platforms on more than one level; and
  • stations with other unusual layouts (e.g. with staggered, non-parallel, or severely curved platforms).

This page presents some examples of these more unusual station layouts.

Location-specific[edit]

In a tunnel[edit]

Nationaltheatret Station in Oslo, Norway, is located in a tunnel beneath the city

The particular geography of a line may lead to the station being built below the level of the adjoining terrain (in a cutting) or inside a tunnel. If a station is in a tunnel, it is usually because the station has been constructed beneath the city to serve the city centre, or that the station was originally in a cutting which has subsequently been built over. Examples of individual tunnel stations (i.e. not forming part of a complete metro, suburban railway or underground railway, system) are:

Australia:

Belgium:

  • Brussels Central is in tunnel under Brussels city centre.
  • Antwerp – The lowest level (−2) of Antwerpen-Centraal railway station could be considered a tunnel station, as it serves two tracks passing through a tunnel under the city centre. The upper parts of the station, including the original tracks (Level +1) are a terminus.

Canada:

Denmark:

Germany:

  • Potsdamer Platz station, Berlin is located in a tunnel running under Berlin which also includes the lower level of Berlin Hauptbahnhof.
  • train stations under the airport terminals in Hamburg, Hanover, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Dresden, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich

Hong Kong:

Israel:

Italy:

Japan:

Monaco:

The Netherlands:

New Zealand:

  • Auckland's Britomart Transport Centre is located underground adjacent to the downtown harbour edge. It is one of the few underground stations for diesel trains in the world.
  • Hamilton Central (now closed)

Norway:

Poland:

Serbia:

Switzerland:

Sweden:

A couple of future underground stations is planned as a part new underground railway lines in both Stockholm (Citybanan) and Gothenburg (Västlänken). A station under Landvetter Airport is also planned as a part of a new high-speed line between Gothenburg and Borås.

Taiwan:

Heathrow Terminal 5 station in London (Heathrow Express platform)

United Kingdom:

United States of America:

On a viaduct[edit]

At Leeds, the station is located on a viaduct over two streets and a river
Port Adelaide's station from ground level, with a passing train, before its reconstruction in 2010

In the similar way, many stations have elevated platforms which are usually one level above the street, with trains entering on viaducts or embankments, which is normally due to the geography of the region. Some more interesting examples include (not including elevated rapid transit systems):

Australia:

United Kingdom:

Denmark:

Italy:

  • Prato Porta al Serraglio train station (built above the city walls!)

Macedonia:

Netherlands:

Serbia:

Spain:

  • Girona station on the Barcelona – Portbou line.

Sweden:

United States:


At a rail-rail crossing[edit]

At West Ham station in east London the c2c National Rail line and the London Underground District line (on the same tracks as the Hammersmith & City line) pass over the London Underground Jubilee line on the bridge in the background

Some stations have platforms serving two rail routes which cross at different levels. This is particularly common with Metro systems, but with surface-level railways it is often common to have separate stations on each line, or no connection at all. Examples of stations at a rail-rail crossing include:

Grade-separated[edit]

The Netherlands:

Germany:

  • Berlin Hauptbahnhof – on the elevated "Stadtbahn" a new central station has been built, above a new underground railway line. Several other examples exist on the Berlin S-Bahn, at Westkreuz, Ostkreuz, Südkreuz and Schöneberg, and with one of the lines in tunnel at Friedrichstraße.
  • Osnabrück Hbf – at ground level is the railway from Amsterdam to Berlin, at elevated level the railway from Dortmund to Bremen.

Poland:

India:

Italy:

Australia:

  • Sydney Wolli Creek station – two side platforms are below ground level (but open air) and serve the Airport and East Hills line, and one island platform is above ground, serving the Illawarra line, which crosses at approximately right angles at this point. There are also some tracks from the Illawarra to the East Hills line not served by any platform.

South Africa:

United Kingdom:

Liverpool South Parkway station

United States:

France:

At grade[edit]

It was and still is common in the United States for stations to be located where two line cross at the same level, often without a connection between them.

Rare examples in the United Kingdom include:

  • Newark North Gate railway station is just south-east of the Newark flat crossing, where the East Coast Main Line, and the Nottingham to Lincoln Line cross. The other line is served by Newark Castle railway station. It is the fastest such crossing in the UK, with East Coast services allowed to travel over it at 100 mph (160 km/h). A number of passenger trains in both directions between Lincoln and Nottingham serve both stations by means of a short north-east to south-east curve connecting the two lines: trains from Lincoln reverse out of North Gate station before using the crossing; those from Nottingham reverse into the station after crossing the main line.
  • Retford, on the East Coast Main Line north of Newark, also had a flat crossing until the 1960s. Trains crossing the main line had to use curves to reverse in and out of the station. This flat crossing was later replaced by a dive-under with two new low-level platforms.

On a public road[edit]

See also: Street running

In Oakland's Jack London Square, the Amtrak and Capitol Corridor rail services, as well as through freight trains, actually operate along the street, with tracks embedded in the pavement (much the same way a tram would be expected to operate). The station itself is in a structure some yards away from the platforms.

In Michigan City, Indiana, South Shore Line trains travel through the city on 10th Street and 11th Street with a station on 11th Street with the sidewalks acting like side platforms on the one track.

Geometry-specific[edit]

Triangular[edit]

It is not unknown for a station to have platforms on all three sides of a triangular junction.

Hong Kong:

United Kingdom:

Germany:

  • Ludwigshafen Hbf was changed from a Vee to a triangle by adding two elevated platforms on the third side of the triangle.

Vee (open triangle)[edit]

Sometimes, a station may be built at a junction with a pair of platforms on each branch, resulting in a V-shaped station. Usually, either one or both sets of platforms are curved. This layout provides an additional safety measure for working on single track lines.[citation needed] In Germany, this is referred to as a Keilbahnhof.

At Virginia Water, the platforms are on the same level but at different angles.

Stations located in the V of a junction include:

Australia:

Denmark:

France:

Germany:

  • Augsburg-Hochzoll, at the junction of the Munich-Mering-Augsburg permanent way and the Ingolstadt-Dasing-Augsburg permanent way.

Ireland:

Italy:

India:

Japan:

The Netherlands:

New Zealand:

  • Hamilton Station, where one of the platforms is used, and the other one is not used. The platform that is in use is on the line south to Wellington, and the unused platform is on the line to Tauranga via the disused Hamilton Central Station.

Switzerland:

United Kingdom:

United States:

Unusual platform or track[edit]

Australia:

  • Central railway station, Sydney Platforms 1 to 15 are terminal (dock) platforms used by long distance and interurban services. Platforms 16 to 23 are above ground through platforms (4 x islands). Platforms 24 and 25 are below in underground tunnels. There are also 2 never used underground platforms above platforms 24 and 25.
  • Belmont, New South Wales. The terminal platform was on the single line, while the run round and sidings were located beyond the platform. Later when the run round and sidings were abolished, the single dead-end platform was relocated on the other side of the level crossing.
  • Cronulla now consists of two platforms end to end, but with no connection between platforms.[4]
  • Gosford railway station, New South Wales – because the track centres between platform 1 and 2 (dating from 1890) are still so narrow, signals are now interlocked to prevent trains to use both platforms at the same time.

Belgium:

  • In Charleroi's light subway system, the Waterloo station has a two platform tracks, which diverge in two directions on both sides of the station, but two of those lines come together to form a single link, so trains can go from any direction to any direction without reversing.

France:

Liskeard railway station in the United Kingdom. This platform, for trains to Looe, is at right angles to the mainline platforms, which lie parallel to the wall in the foreground

Ireland (see rail transport in Ireland):

  • Cork's Kent Station is curved, due to the lines entering the station at right angles to the River Lee, but having to connect to a line running parallel to the river.
  • Limerick Junction, County Tipperary (formerly Tipperary Junction) is the only place in Ireland where two lines cross at near-90 degrees. It serves several destinations, mainly connections to/from Limerick and the CorkDublin main line. The other line served is LimerickWaterford. The platform layout is not particularly unusual, but track diagrams are complex, resulting in trains needing to reverse behind the station building into one of the platforms on occasion. Until 1967, reversing into platforms was a required manoeuvre for all trains stopping at the station.

Germany:

  • Dresden Hauptbahnhof is a terminus station with through tracks on either sides of the station building.

South Korea:

  • At Anyang, where both subway and passenger train stops, rapid subway train platforms (high level platforms) are connected with passenger train platforms (low level platforms). Passenger can move from subway platform to passenger train platform without stairs and vice versa. Deokso Station have similar platform layouts.

Hong Kong:

  • At Kowloon Station, two side platforms are built atop an island platform, with the middle of the station reserved for escalators.

United Kingdom:

  • At Liskeard, the platform for the branch line to Looe is on the same level as, but at right angles to, those on the Plymouth – Penzance main line.
  • At Templecombe the LSWR and S&DJR lines crossed at right angles with a link between them. S&D trains reversed into the LSWR station.
  • Edinburgh Waverley is laid out as two back-to-back terminus station (although only a few east-facing bay platforms remain). The station building is located between banks of east and west facing bay platforms, with several through tracks on the north and south sides.
  • At Inverness, the platforms to the south are at angle to the platforms to the north, with a triangular connection. Through trains reverse into the station (in some cases, twice in succession, as only one platform is available to both north and south routes).
  • Manchester Victoria and Manchester Exchange (now closed) were adjacent and connected by a single common platform which was the longest railway platform in Europe. Trains would pass through one station on through lines and then stop at the other station, rather than stopping at both stations.
  • Clapham Junction in Wandsworth, London spans several lines that diverge either side of the station, and is made up of two separate sets of island platforms linked by a footbridge and a subway.
  • Raynes Park in London is located within a flying junction. It has two staggered main line platforms. Westbound trains on the Mole Valley Line (a branch line) arrive at a separate westbound platform which is at 30 degrees to the main line westbound platform. Trains joining the main line from the Mole Valley Line pass under the main line and curve around and arrive at another platform which is 30 degrees to the main line platforms, but not parallel to the westbound Mole Valley Line platform.
  • St Ives, Cornwall. Reduced to a single dead end platform, suitable only for DMUs or push–pull trains.
  • Looe, Cornwall. Reduced to a single dead end platform, suitable only for DMUs or push–pull trains.
  • Ormskirk. Reduced to two single platforms, end to end, each half like a St Ives. One half electric, the other half diesel.
  • Felixstowe now reduced to a single dead end platform.
  • Ely to avoid an extra river/canal bridge necessary for a triangle, a balloon loop was provided.
  • Coombe Junction Halt

Zambia:

With platforms on either side of level crossing[edit]

Staggered platforms at level crossings prevent road traffic from having to wait whilst the train is in the platform.

Australia:

Netherlands:

New Zealand:

United Kingdom:

With or on balloon loop[edit]

Main article: Balloon loop
South Ferry and Bowling Green stations in New York City

A balloon loop is a track arrangement that allows a train to reverse direction without shunting or having to stop. In some cases, multiple stations lie on a balloon loop.

On two or more levels[edit]

Stations are sometimes built at two levels so as to provide level access to a township that is located on one side only. One level is for trains going one way, and the other level for the other way. Metro system as general practice have multilevel stations where lines intersect, usually without any connection for the trains, and these are too numerous to list here. Some unusual examples include:

Terminus and reversal[edit]

See also: Zigzag
Track layout at Battersby railway station
At Bourne End, drivers have to change ends of the train.

A reversal station is where a continuing train has to change direction, because the station is or has become a terminal of two lines.

Single Line Crossing Station[edit]

Multiple lines[edit]

Joint stations[edit]

Since passenger interchange between different lines can be important, independent companies often but not always build joint stations so that all activities are concentrated at the one location.

Disjoint stations[edit]

UK

Examples abound in the UK, where it was normal for the many different companies that built the rail network to each build their own main station in a town. Indeed the possibility of different companies sharing assets caused a number of legal headaches. In some cases settlements with populations of a few thousand would have three railway stations. Examples include:

Hong Kong
United States
India
France
  • Paris has six main stations, each serving one part of France. The stations are linked by the Paris metro network.

Platform numbering[edit]

In order to aid both passengers and railway staff, platforms are normally identified using numbers, letters or a mixture of both. These are allocated according to principles that may differ from country to country (or even from railway to railway). These designations are usually displayed on signs and departure displays to aid navigation.

Asia[edit]

In Taipei Station, long platforms that host two trains on the same platform use letters after the numbers. E.g. 3A meaning platform number 3 on the front end, and 3B meaning the other end.

Australasia[edit]

In Victoria, Australia platforms are numbered. Stations with only one platform are numbered only within the (Metlink). Stations with two platforms are usually numbered so that platform 1 is the Melbourne inbound ("up") service and platform 2 is the Melbourne outbound ("down") service. In the suburban network of Melbourne, a third platform is usually reserved for local services during the peak hours and the second platform used by express services. Stations with four platforms are usually at stations with two or more lines passing through. In the off-peak platforms 1 and 3 would be inbound "up" services and platforms 2 and 4 would be for the outbound "down" services. Two inner city stations, North Melbourne and Richmond, have several platforms. Again, odd number platforms are for the "up" trains and the even number platforms are for the "down" trains, often with a platform serving one line each or a group of lines.

Europe[edit]

In the Czech Republic, especially at through stations and stops with multiple platforms, platforms are assigned a Roman numeral. Platform "I" is typically a side platform adjacent to the station building or the first island platform from it. Tracks are numbered separately and are usually numbered in the opposite direction of the platform numerals. For example, a bay platform would have one numeral and as many numbers as there are tracks, while a more typical island platform would have one numeral and two numbers. Platforms are further divided along their length into to lettered zones, to help distinguish (among other things) when more than one train is occupying a track at a platform.

In France, platforms bear letters as designations. Except some stations in Paris, where the platform number exceeds 26, such as Saint Lazare with 27 numbered platforms, platforms are always given letters.

In the Netherlands, Denmark and Switzerland, platforms themselves are not numbered – the tracks are. This implies that island platforms typically have two numbers, one number for each side of the platform. Platforms long enough to host two or more trains on the same track at the same time use superscript letters. (So 5a and 5b are on the same platform indicating the same track, but one is at the far end, and the other at the near). All tracks are numbered, including tracks that do not run along a platform. So in a station, there might be a platform 4/5 and a platform 7/8 with no platform 6. Tracks numbers count upwards from 1, usually starting with the track facing the city centre. Germany uses a similar system but additional letters are not superscripted (so track 5 might be split into 5a and 5b).

In the United Kingdom, the numbering usually starts from the left when looking in the "up" direction of the line (i.e., towards the capital or other principal destination), although some stations do not carry this characteristic (e.g., Leicester railway station). In addition:

  • Letters are sometimes used to avoid confusion with nearby numbered platforms; thus the platforms at Waterloo East station are designated A–D to distinguish them from those at Waterloo station with which they form a single complex. At Manchester Victoria, platform numbers are given to National Rail services and Letters A, B and C are given to Manchester Metrolink platforms to avoid confusion between the two systems.
  • When lines are added or removed, platform numbers are not necessarily updated to reflect this fact, such as Shrewsbury and formerly Lincoln Central having no railway at platforms 1 and 2. Cardiff Central, Haymarket, and Stockport are notable for having a platform 0; in the past Preston has also had one. Cardiff Central additionally no longer has a platform 5, despite signs in the station's subway indicating its existence; it is planned to reopen though.
  • Sometimes, a platform may be split into "A" and "B" lettered sections (such as at Birmingham New Street), which are each capable of carrying local trains, whilst longer trains use the whole platform. A related system numbers each end of the platforms separately, such as at Bristol Temple Meads, where the Penzance end of the station carries even platform numbers, with the London end allocated odd numbers.
  • A Platform 0 opened at London Kings Cross in 2010, built adjacent to the long-established platform 1. Labelling it "0" saved renumbering the existing 11 platforms at the mainline station, with potential for confusion. All platforms will be re-numbered once the current refurbishments and development has been fully completed.
  • Historically, some stations (such as Clapham Junction) numbered each physical platform once, even if it served two lines. In the modern era, each platform face is numbered individually; lines without a platform generally remain unidentified.
  • At some stations, bay platforms can be numbered out of sequence. For example, at Northampton railway station, the platform numbers from west to east are 3, 2, 1, 4, 5, platforms 4 and 5 being north-facing bays.

North America[edit]

In New York City's Grand Central Terminal, the tracks are numbered according to their geographic location in the terminal building rather than the trains' destinations because all of trains at Grand Central terminate there. There are 41 tracks on the upper level and they are numbered from 1 to 41 from the most eastern track to the most western track. On the lower level, there are 26 tracks; they are numbered from 100 to 126, east to west. This system makes it easy for passengers to quickly locate where their train is departing from and removes much of the confusion in finding one's train due to the immense size of the terminal. Often, local and off-peak trains depart from the lower level while express, super-express and peak trains depart from the main concourse. Trains operated with a locomotive always use the upper level, while electric multiple unit trains use both. Odd numbered tracks are usually on the east side (right side facing north) of the platform; even numbered tracks on the west side.

Road stations[edit]

Many stations are not located near the towns which they purport to serve. Some stations append the word "road" to their name, indicating that they are "on the road to" the given place.

In many instances these stations were constructed during the early years of railway development, and towns have since grown up either independently around the proximity of the station (notably Crewe), or increased in size to eventually include the station (e.g., Woking).

Some examples of current and former "road" stations in the United Kingdom:

However, care should be taken: some "road" stations are simply named after nearby roads. For example, Derby Road station in Ipswich is not anywhere near Derby.

Many small villages have grown up around "road" stations and have taken the name of the station such as Grampound Road in Cornwall and Llanbister Road in Powys. Alternatively, the village around the station may have become known as station name with the word "station" appended. Examples of this are Micheldever Station in Hampshire and Meopham Station in Kent. Similarly, the town of Llandudno Junction took its name from its station.

In Germany, stations are always named by the main place they were intended to serve. If the station is located out of town, then a small village/town area may have grown up around it, known as the town name with "Bahnhof" appended. The best examples are:

  • Grafing Bahnhof, some 5 km from Grafing proper
  • Wasserburg Bahnhof, actually located in Reitmehring, and a separate station from Wasserburg "Stadt"

There is also the case of the railway station Holm-Seppensen, built to serve the villages of Holm and Seppensen and roughly halfway between them, around which a settlement eventually grew, which was then known as Holm-Seppensen. Holm, Holm-Seppensen and Seppensen are now all part of Buchholz in der Nordheide.

This practice can also be found in Italy (e.g., Montepulciano Stazione) and in many other countries.

In Slovenia, for example, the railway station "Most na Soči" serving the town of the same name is located on the other bank of the river Soča, about a mile away from the town. A separate village Postaja (meaning "Station" in Slovene) has grown around the railway station.

In recent years in the UK, the designation "Parkway" has become popular for a station some distance from the town or city it serves, but which has a large car park attached. A notable example is Bristol Parkway.

In New South Wales, Australia, a few stations are named for the locality they are situated but are stations representing a larger nearby centre. Examples of such are Bomaderry, the station for Nowra (indicated on CityRail maps and timetables as "Bomaderry (Nowra)"), and Dunmore, the stations for Shellharbour (indicated as "Dunmore (Shellharbour)". This is sometimes used in the UK such as Ashchurch for Tewkesbury.

Platforms high and low[edit]

The height of platforms has a bearing on station layout design.

With high level platforms following British practice, wide platforms are normal, with wide track centres when island platforms are provided. Access to inner platforms is usually via footbridges and subways.

With low level platforms such as in many places in North America, platforms are typically long and narrow. There is usually one platform on each side of every track, while access to inner platforms is via a pedestrian crossing at grade.

Subway systems the world over generally have high level platforms for quick access to the trains.

Trains may be fitted for high or low platforms and sometimes have folding stairs or "trap doors" on internal stairs to match both high and low platforms. In the United States, New Jersey Transit accommodates high platforms at all its car doors and low platforms using longer doors and trap-doored steps at the ends of the cars. With this setup the middle doors in a car do not open to low platforms.

Since broad gauge trains have typically wider carbody and higher train floor than narrow gauge trains, they can share low level platforms, but may not be able to share high level platforms.

Longest platforms[edit]

Signboard at Kharagpur's Railway Station

Large stations[edit]

This is a list of largest railway stations in the world in terms of number of tracks (where 20 is taken as a minimum definition of "large"). Note that the number of platforms is usually smaller, as many of these stations have island platforms, with a track on each side.

The way tracks are counted is not uniform; e.g., a long track may be counted as two if two trains can be parked there.

Tracks Station Location Notes
76 Grand Central Terminal Manhattan, New York City Tracks are on two underground levels: 41 on upper level and 26 on lower level. Not all tracks are used for passenger service. There are also five subway routes that are located underground, accounting for nine tracks over three different lines (5 separate platforms).
48 München Hauptbahnhof Munich, Germany 32 railroad tracks overground, 2 S-Bahn and 6 U-Bahn tracks underground, 8 tram tracks on street level
44 Gare du Nord Paris There are 40 tracks on the main level, including 2 service tracks that are not open to the public, and 4 tracks in the basement.
37 Köln Hauptbahnhof Cologne 11 tracks with triple signalling overground, 4 U-Bahn tracks underground
35 Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof Frankfurt, Germany 25 railroad tracks overground, 4 S-Bahn and 4 U-Bahn tracks underground, 2 tram tracks on street level
34 Xi'an North Xi'an, China
33 Shinjuku Station Tokyo 16 tracks above ground for JR East trains, 7 tracks underground for Keio Railway and Toei Subway trains (Divided into 2 sections), 5 tracks underground for Odakyu Railway trains (On two levels), 2 tracks underground for Tokyo Metro trains, and 3 tracks at Seibu-Shinjuku Station
32 Roma Termini station Rome, Italy
31 Amsterdam Centraal Amsterdam, the Netherlands 11 tracks, 10 of which divided in 2 independendly usable parts by signals and cross-overs, 2 metro tracks, 8 tram tracks. 2 additional metro tracks under construction.
30 Napoli Centrale station Napoli, Italy 26 Platforms + 4 in the basement (Napoli Piazza Garibaldi).
30 Ōsaka Station/Umeda Station Osaka, Japan 11 tracks above ground for JR West, 9 tracks above ground for Hankyu Railway, 4 tracks underground for Hankyu Railway, and 6 tracks underground for the Osaka Municipal Subway.
30 Tokyo Station Tokyo 2 tracks on upper level above ground, 8 tracks on lower level above ground, 8 tracks underground, 10 tracks for Shinkansen, and 2 tracks underground for subway.
29 Pennsylvania Station Manhattan, New York City 21 numbered tracks are used by Amtrak, New Jersey Transit, and the Long Island Rail Road. The station complex also has two separate New York City Subway stations with 4 tracks each.
28 Termini Station Rome
27 London Waterloo London, United Kingdom Not including the platforms of Waterloo International (5) and Waterloo East (4).
27 Gare Montparnasse Paris
27 Gare Saint-Lazare Paris
26 London Euston London, United Kingdom 18 mainline platforms plus two intermediate roads, 6 underground
26 Zürich Hauptbahnhof Zürich 16 mainline and 4 S-Bahn platforms above ground; 6 S-Bahn platforms underground, the number platforms is identical with the number of tracks
25 Atocha Station Madrid, Spain
25 Central Station Sydney 27 with 2 unused platforms used for MetroPitt scheme, announced 2005
25 Ueno Station Tokyo 12 on upper level, 5 on lower level above ground; 4 subway platforms underground; 4 Shinkansen platforms lie even deeper; 4 platforms of Keisei Ueno Station not included
24 Cape Town station Cape Town
24 Leipzig Hauptbahnhof Leipzig, Germany
24 Milan Central Station Milan
24 Beijing South Beijing
24 Hoboken Terminal Hoboken, New Jersey 18 numbered New Jersey Transit tracks and 3 Hudson-Bergen Light Rail tracks along the river, plus 3 PATH tracks underground.
24 Kyoto Station Kyoto, Japan 14 on ground level, 4 for Shinkansen, 4 for Kintetsu and 2 for subway
24 Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof Düsseldorf, Germany 16 railroad tracks overground, 4 U-Bahn tracks underground, 4 tram tracks on street level
23 Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof Stuttgart 17 railroad tracks overground, 2 S-Bahn and 4 U-Bahn tracks underground
23 Utrecht Centraal Utrecht, the Netherlands 13 platform tracks, 10 of which divided in 2 parts by signals
23 London Victoria London 19 main line, 4 for London Underground
23 Howrah Station Kolkata, India Howrah station is the largest station in India having 23 platforms, it has 2 complexes old and new, the old complex has pf no. 1 -16 and new complex has pf no. 17-23. It is slated to get an additional 15 platform tracks north of the current station in the next decade to bring it up to a total of 37 platform tracks.
22 London Liverpool Street London 18 main line, 4 for London Underground
22 Omiya Station Saitama, Japan 1 for New Shuttle included
22 Nagoya Station Nagoya, Japan JR lines (including Shinkansen), subway lines and Aonami Line only
22 Southern Cross Melbourne Consists of Platforms 1, 2A-8A, 2B-8B, 8 South, and 9–14; with platforms 15–16 under construction.
21 Chamartín Station Madrid, Spain Tracks 5–9: Short-Distance Service. Tracks 1–4 and 10–16: Medium-Distance and Long-Distance Services. Tracks 17–21: High Speed Services.
21 Brussels South Brussels
21 Shinagawa Station Tokyo Additional 2 under construction
21 Rotterdam Centraal Rotterdam, the Netherlands 13 platform tracks, 1 of which divided in 2 independendly usable parts by signals and cross-overs, 3 metro tracks, 4 tram tracks.
20 Union Station Chicago Two sets of tracks, 10 each facing north and south. Serves both Amtrak and Metra trains.
20 Den Haag Centraal The Hague, the Netherlands 10 railway tracks, 2 light rail tracks, 8 tram tracks.
20 London Paddington London 14 main line, 6 for London Underground

Freight stations[edit]

Freight stations can coexist at the same locations as passenger stations, which shares the cost of signalling, or they can be separate on freight-only lines.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/4850
  2. ^ The Railway Pictorial (Denkisha Kenkyukai) No.598 P.10
  3. ^ The Railway Pictorial (Denkisha Kenkyukai) No.645 P.49
  4. ^ Railcorp Weekly notice; clearly visible with the naked eye.
  5. ^ MTA Capital Construction – Second Avenue Subway Planning Study
  6. ^ http://www.signaldiagramsandphotos.com/My_Web_pages/VR/Northern_&_Midland/9'46.htm
  7. ^ Ireland – Lost Lines – Ian Allan, 2006
  8. ^ http://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11346571.htm
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