Ghost Trains: A discovery of the UK’s forgotten railway networks

Across the UK is a network of mysterious ‘ghost trains’ and ‘ghost stations’. In this new Railway Hub video, Ben visits Kirton Lindsey Railway Station and Brigg Railway Station in Lincolnshire, two of these so-called ‘ghost stations’.

A ‘ghost train’ – sometimes referred to as a parliamentary train – is a name given to a rail service that runs with an extremely limited service and is close to being abandoned by the line operator.

However, because of the cost of legal processes, it costs more to close the line than keep it open with a limited service. This leaves behind a zombie service of ‘ghost trains’ and ‘ghost stations’ that are barely used by anyone.

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Ben and Shannon also discuss ‘ghost trains’, why they exist and what Ben discovered on his recent excursion to the aforementioned ‘ghost stations’ in the latest episode of the Railway Hub podcast. 

Looking for more? Why not check out The Railway Hub youtube channel to keep up with the latest railway news, interviews and events, or tune in to The Railway Hub podcast for interesting stories and discussions all about trains, stations and moments in railway history.

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Shannon Butcher