9 UK train stations featured in films
The UK has been fascinated with trains for many years, and they have played such an essential part of our lives that it’s no wonder they are often used as backdrops to represent typical English and Scottish life.
The team at NationalRail.com has been on the hunt for now-famous UK train stations that have been used in well-known films – and we bet you have, too! Here are our favourite train station filming locations:
Harry Potter – London Kings Cross Station, Platform 9 ¾
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Even Muggles know about this one!
Being the departing platform for the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter franchise has made this location one of the most famous train platforms in the UK.
It is so popular that there is now a Harry Potter-themed shop and a trolley photo opportunity with props which see crowds of tourists on a daily basis.
Trainspotting – Corrour railway station, Scottish Highlands
This extremely remote train station is actually the highest in the UK and the nearest public road is 17 miles away.
The area was made famous by the 1996 film Trainspotting. It’s from the scene in which the main characters arrive at Corrour station to walk in the great outdoors, much to the bemusement of Renton, played by Ewan Mcgregor.
The Bourne Ultimatum – London Waterloo Station, London
This station was used as the background for the high-action film The Bourne Ultimatum.
In the scene, Jason Bourne, played by Matt Damon, tries to flee the station with a newspaper reporter without being shot by US agents.
Brief Encounter – Carnforth railway station, Lancashire
One of the most highly critically-acclaimed films in British history, Brief Encounter, was filmed predominantly at Carnforth station.
The station itself has since opened a visitor centre and themed tea room to entertain visitors who come to take romantic photos under the now-famous station clock.
The Railway Children – Oakworth Station, West Yorkshire
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Oakworth Station, situated in West Yorkshire, shot to fame after the famous 1970s film The Railway Children, based on the classic 1906 book by Edith Nesbit.
The station and the neighbouring towns still offer walking tours of the area and regular steam train journeys to transport you back in time.
Paddington – Paddington Station
In the most recent adaptation of the ‘Paddington Bear’ story, first made famous in 1958, we see the Brown family discovering an anthropomorphic bear at Paddington station.
They later name him after the station and give him his full name of Paddington Brown. The station was used by filming crew in the dead of night as not to disturb passengers and commuters.
A Hard Day’s Night – Marylebone Station
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This musical comedy centres around The Beatles and their fandom. The station was shot from different angles to portray both Liverpool and London.
In the scenes, the band is getting chased by a horde of female fans as they attempt to make it to their hotel in London before playing a concert later that week.
Harry Potter’s Hogsmeade – Goathland train station, Scarborough
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Another station from Harry Potter is the destination point for the Hogwarts Express once it departs from Kings Cross.
In the first film, you see Hagrid waiting at the station to welcome the first arrival of Harry Potter and his friends to the school of witchcraft and wizardry.
The World’s End – High Wycombe Train Station, Buckinghamshire
Posing as the main station for ‘Newton Haven’, High Wycombe Station was used as the meeting place for 5 school friends to reunite in their quest to finish a pub crawl they never could as teenagers.
The 2013 sci-fi comedy film is the third and final film in the ‘The Flavours Cornetto Trilogy’ by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright.
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