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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Paddington Railway Station

Paddington Railway Station, a.k.a. London Paddington, is a railway station in central London. This historic site has served as the London terminus of the Great Western Railway since 1838. Most of the current station dates from 1854, and it was designed by the great Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Paddington Railway Station also has its place in literature as the character from children's books, Paddington Bear, was named after the station.

Paddington Railway Station has recently been renovated and now acts as the London terminal for the Heathrow Express airport service. Paddington Railway Station's most important long-distance destinations are Bath, Bristol, Cheltenham Spa, Cardiff, Exeter, Plymouth and Swansea.

Currently, Paddington Railway Station has 14 platforms. Platforms 6 and 7 are reserved for the Heathrow Express, and platforms 13 and 14 can be used only by smaller trains providing local services. Platforms 1 - 5 and 8 - 12 can be utilized by any of Paddington Railway Station's train services.

Paddington Railway Station was connected to the world's first underground railway in 1863. Today, Paddington station is served by four London Underground lines: the Bakerloo, Circle, District and Hammersmith & City.

Paddington Railway Station is located between Praed Street and Bishop's Bridge Road in London. Visitors to London may also want to view other London attractions such as the Tower of London or Westminster Abbey.
Paddington Station Map

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Hotels and Guesthouses in Paddington London

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Inverness Station

Inverness Station is a gateway to the Scottish Highlands.

Inverness has trains to Edinburgh Waverley Station (between 3-4 hours depending on the service) from where there are intercity services to London King's Cross with East Coast via Newcastle and York, Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Airport (TransPennine Express) and Birmingham New Street.

Local and mainline services from Inverness Station include trains to Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow (3 hours, 40 minutes), and Perth (2 hours) with ScotRail. There are local trains to Wick (approx. 4 hours), Thurso (approx. 3 hours, 45 minutes) and Kyle of Lochalsh (2 hours, 30 minutes).

Facilities within Inverness Station concourse include a branch of WH Smith, a waiting room, a bar (Berties bar), a cafe (Pumpkin Cafe) and a lost property office. The historic, 150-year-old Royal Highland Hotel is right next door to Inverness Station. Stagecoach buses run from the station to places in Inverness as well as other towns in the Highlands.

Inverness Station
Academy Street
Tel: 0845 711 41 41

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Stockport Station

Stockport Station is the main railway station serving the town of Stockport, south of Manchester.

Stockport Station is located on the A6 (Wellington Road) and first opened in 1843 after completion of the large brick viaduct just to the north over the River Mersey.

Stockport Station

Local and mainline services from Stockport Station include trains to Manchester Piccadilly Station with some trains continuing onward to Manchester Oxford Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Blackpool, Liverpool, Preston, Southport and Wigan.

Other routes from Stockport include local services south to Davenport, Hazel Grove and Buxton.

There are First Transpennine Express trains to Sheffield, Cleethorpes, Nottingham and Norwich with an hourly service to Manchester Airport via Piccadilly.

Stockport Station

There are Virgin train services to London Euston via Cheadle Hulme, Macclesfield and Stoke-on-Trent to Birmingham New Street and Euston. Another route to London Euston is via Wilmslow and Crewe. One train per hour runs to Birmingham New Street and onto Bristol Templemeads.

There are trains running west from Stockport Station to Altrincham, Knutsford, Northwich and Chester.

The once-hourly service from Stockport via Denton and Guide Bridge to Stalybridge has been reduced to one train a week in one direction only - a route now popular with rail buffs due to its scarcity.

Stockport County's and Sale Shark's Edgeley Park stadium is a brisk 20 minute walk away from the exit opposite to the booking office. From the main booking office entrance walk through or past Grand Central for buses to Manchester and Hazel Grove including the 192 service on Wellington Road South (A6).

Stockport Station

Things to see in Stockport in Greater Manchester include Stockport Town Hall, Stockport Air Raid Shelters, St Mary's Church, Bramhall Hall, Woodbank Park, Vernon Park, Stockport Market, Fred Perry's birthplace, Woodbank Park, the Viaduct and Stockport Hat Museum.


Stockport Station
Grand Central Way

Map of Stockport Station

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Talbot Square London

Talbot Square in London is a small residential square in London whose impressive houses historically constituted an extension of the fashionable Tyburnia neighborhood. Tyburnia was referred to in 1884 as a "city of palaces north of the park".

Talbot Square is located just off the A4209 (Sussex Gardens) near Paddington Station and its numerous hotels. Visitors to London may also want to take in nearby Portobello Road or the Travel Bookshop.

Talbot Square map

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