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Literary Scenes on Train Platforms

  • Submitted: 6th April 2021

Station platforms form a major part of these novels

Train station platforms. Places where people pass each other fleetingly, board trains, disembark, start and end journeys….

Sometimes they can be places for romantic rendez-vous. In some crime novels, they can be places for murder…..

Literary Scenes on Train Platforms

Who knew train stations could be so eventful? Here are some of the most interesting events to happen on train platforms in novels

The Girl on the Platform Bryony Pearce

The Girl on the Platform by Bryony Pearce

Possible kidnap – A woman on a train witnesses a young girl being kidnapped from a platform as her train passes through a station. She is the only one to have seen this however, so when she reports it, no one believes her. Imagine seeing something like this and no one believing you? Do you trust what you see when your train rushes past a house, a platform or something else?

Books set on train platforms

The Body on the Train by Frances Brody

Body found on a platform – A London railway porter discovers a man’s body as he unloads a special goods train from Yorkshire, all means of identification stripped away…..

Cosy crime novel shows you the way stations used to be, the golden age of railways…

Books set on train platforms

Finding Henry Applebee by Celia Reynolds

A few train stations and platforms in this novel. They are the places people board the train and so their lives become interlinked in ways no one could have imagined. The platforms bring them together on the train and this is a story about journeys in more ways than one.

Books set on train platforms

Platform Seven  by Louise Doughty

This practically is set on a single platform. Two fatalities in eighteen months – surely they’re connected? This is a interesting look at a platform when it’s dark and at night. An isolated platform in Peterborough. One where strange things happen…. Very atmospheric and chilling.

Books set on train platforms

Mortmain Hall by Martin Edwards

The first scene takes place on a platform at a cemetery. The so called Death Train pulls into the acropolis ready for a funeral. People disembark and they unload a body for burial. There is also someone marked as a dead man on board however…


And special mention to…..The Woman in Black – where the train station at Crythin Gifford sees a lot of creepy happenings and it’s the link between normal life and the horrors which await at the house on the marsh…

Next time you’re waiting for a train, you might want to take one of these novels to read on location!



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