Yorkshire is home to a lot of things, amazing views, a good pint, gorgeous food. But, one thing you may not have known it holds the title for the world’s longest railway bench.
Yes, that’s right, one of Yorkshire’s towns hold the much sought after title of longest railway bench in the world. What a lovely piece of pub ammo just in time for them to reopen.
The seaside town of Scarborough holds the record, which is understandable as it was one of the go-to destinations back in the day before people jetted off abroad to on their holidays.
The bench in question is 456-foot (139 m) in length – which is pretty big! In fact, to put it in perspective, the bench is nearly as long as 12 double-decker buses parked end to end!
Scarborough station first opened up on Monday the 7th July 1845, as a part of the York line. It’s thought that the bench dates back to 1883, when the Grade II excursion station was constructed.
It recently had work of £14,500 done to it in a heritage project which saw the nuts and bolts that hold the bench together replaces and fresh paint added to the cast iron supports.
The seat and backrest were replaced by sustainably sourced wood that should last another 50 years. It’s a great example of Victorian engineering – built to last.
Many people will be choosing to holiday in Scarborough this summer due to travel restrictions, so if you’re in the area, why not go and check out the world’s longest railway bench.