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Not lots of people know this, however though it takes almost two hours to get from Liverpool Lime Avenue to London Euston, you will get from Liverpool Central to Waterloo in beneath half an hour. And although the Eurostar terminal moved to St Pancras a decade in the past, there are nonetheless direct trains from Brussels to Waterloo.

If you happen to favor, there are additionally two trains a day to Waterloo from Chicago. Waterloo additionally was on the finish of the Hong Kong metro system, and fairly quickly Waterloo can be on the Sydney Metro as effectively.

OK, these clearly aren’t the identical station. In actual fact, there are many Waterloo Stations all all over the world. What number of are they, and why achieve this many railway stations share this bizarre identify?

Someday eight or 9 hundred years in the past, a tiny village was constructed on the primary highway between Charleroi and Brussels: Waterloo, named after the actual fact it was moist (“water”) and close to a forest (“bathroom” in Flemish). No-one cared a lot about this village till 18 June 1815, when an alliance of British, Dutch and German troops defeated the French military in a area simply outdoors it. With Napoleon’s hopes of ruling Europe crushed, the victors celebrated by naming cities and roads throughout their empires after the battlefield.

Because of this there are loads of Waterloos on the market. However what number of?

Important line Waterloos

1. Waterloo, London

Because the Napoleonic Wars have been occurring, London was constructing a brand new bridge between Covent Backyard and the South Financial institution. The unique plan was for it to be referred to as Strand Bridge, because it connects to the Strand; however then Britain went and received a battle and so it was renamed “Waterloo Bridge”. The entire space in flip took its identify from the bridge, and so when a railway station opened there 30 years later, it was solely pure that it too was named “Waterloo”.

2. Waterloo East, London

Previously Waterloo Junction, this station was constructed as a result of the South Japanese Railway’s line from Kent to Charing Cross ran very near London and South Western Railway’s Waterloo station. Though the 2 railways have been opponents, connecting the traces meant folks arriving at Waterloo may change trains and get throughout the river to the Metropolis of London – a win for each firms.

The buildings are actually related, however they’re formally completely different stations, and platforms at Waterloo East use letters relatively than numbers to cease folks mixing them up with the opposite Waterloo’s ones.

three. Waterloo, Merseyside

This Waterloo was initially a part of the coastal city of Crosby, simply north of Liverpool. A big lodge opened there precisely one 12 months after the Battle of Waterloo, and so it was named the Royal Waterloo Lodge. The railway station at Waterloo has handed by varied arms, however immediately it’s a part of Merseyrail’s Northern Line.

four. Waterloo, Walloon Brabant

The unique Waterloo that every one the others are (not directly) named after, this station is now a part of Brussels’ Overground-like RER system.

5. Waterloo, Indiana

Right here’s a bizarre one: this Waterloo isn’t named after the Battle of Waterloo in any respect (maybe not stunning, for the reason that US wasn’t concerned). As an alternative, it was named after former proprietor of the land, Miles Waterman, who, it turned out, didn’t truly need a city named after him and demanded the identify be modified.

Regardless of being a city of simply 2,200, its Amtrak station nonetheless will get direct trains to Chicago, New York and Washington D.C.

6. Waterloo Interchange, Wellington

There most likely weren’t any New Zealanders on the Battle of Waterloo both, however, as part of the British Empire, it nonetheless ended up with a city referred to as Waterloo, which is now a part of Decrease Hutt, which is a part of Wellington (named after the Duke of Wellington, the chief of the British troops at Waterloo).

The station has indicators studying each “Waterloo Interchange” and “Hutt Central”, however the Waterloo identify is the official one.

Metro Waterloos

7. Waterloo, London Underground

Some of the necessary interchanges on the London Underground, Waterloo tube station (named after and positioned beneath London Waterloo) is notable for giving its identify to 2 completely different Tube traces: the Waterloo & Metropolis and the Bakerloo. Sadly, no-one has but recommended renaming its different traces Northerloo and Jubiloo.

eight. Waterloo, Charleroi Métro

Belgium’s different Waterloo station, on the Charleroi Métro. Named after the Waterloo Gate of the outdated metropolis partitions, on the highway that led to Brussels. Weirdly, one of many traces from this station was partially constructed however by no means completed and nonetheless sits there, unused.

Aspect notice: Charleroi has a inhabitants of about 200,000, and about 500,000 in its wider city space. It has a metro system with three branches and 4 traces. Leeds has a inhabitants of almost 800,000, and about 1.9 million in its wider city space. It has zero metro traces.

9. Waterloo, Hanover Stadtbahn

The British weren’t the one winners on the Battle of Waterloo. After Napoleon conquered what was then the Voters of Hannover, its remaining troopers joined the British Military because the King’s German Legion.

After the Napoleonic Wars, Hanover was liberated and have become its personal Kingdom (though one with a British monarch), and celebrated by naming a sq. to commemorate the battle. It’s now an necessary junction on the Hanover Stadtbahn system.

10. Waterlooplein, Amsterdam Metro

The Dutch have been additionally a serious pressure on the Battle of Waterloo, and maybe the most important shock is that they don’t have extra stations named after it. Anyway, “Waterlooplein” interprets to “Waterloo Sq.”, and it’s a market within the coronary heart of Amsterdam with a Metro line operating beneath it.

11. Waterloo, Sydney Metro (beneath development)

One other former British colony, one other suburb named after the battle. It at present has a station beneath development, set to open in 2024.

The identical Sydney Metro line additionally serves a station referred to as Epping, so if you’re studying this in 2024 you possibly can annoy all of your Tube-loving associates by asking them the right way to get from Waterloo to Epping with out altering trains.

Closed and renamed Waterloos

12. Waterloo Worldwide, London

To permit Eurostar companies – that are too lengthy for the prevailing platforms and wish particular security – to serve Waterloo, a brand new station was constructed on the aspect.

“Certainly this doesn’t rely. Isn’t it simply an extension of London Waterloo?” you ask. Nicely, not in line with British Rail, who handled it individually and gave it its personal station code (WIT, versus WAT for the primary Waterloo station). Now the Eurostar has been moved to St Pancras, its outdated platforms have been built-in into London Waterloo as platforms 20-24, and WIT is not any extra.

13. Waterloo, Aberdeen

This was the primary station for trains to the North of Scotland, perched on the dockside at Waterloo Quay, and was extraordinarily unpopular as a result of it wasn’t related to the remainder of the railway community.

If you happen to wished to go from Edinburgh to Lossiemouth, as an illustration, you’d have to stroll or get the bus between Aberdeen Guild Avenue and Aberdeen Waterloo – and the station managers at Waterloo would lock the doorways and refuse to let passengers in if their connecting practice was late. Finally, Aberdeen’s railway firms obtained their acts collectively and constructed a joint station, and Aberdeen Waterloo turned a items yard.

14. Waterloo, Ontario

Though Ontario was a part of the British Empire on the time, this Waterloo was truly settled and possibly named by German Mennonites. It not has a essential line service of its personal, but it surely’s on the Ion tram line linking it to the station in close by Kitchener.

15. Waterloo, Quebec

Form of bizarre to discover a celebration of a French defeat in a former French colony, however this Waterloo was named by a Brit. It used to have a beautiful little station on the Canadian Pacific railway.

16. Waterloo, Hong Kong MTR (renamed Yau Ma Tei)

Previously named after Waterloo Highway which runs above it, this station on Hong Kong’s MTR system turned Yau Ma Tei (the identify of the district round it, presumably that means “Sesame oil fields”) in 1985.

17. Waterloo, Freetown

After the British Empire formally banned the slave commerce in 1808, it nonetheless pressured most of the “liberated” slaves to combat within the military’s West India Regiment within the Caribbean all through the Napoleonic Wars. When the struggle ended they usually have been lastly free of their indentures and allowed to settle in Sierra Leone, the previous troopers based villages with names like Waterloo, Wellington and Gibraltar City. The nation’s railway traces closed in 1974, however the Sierra Leone Nationwide Railway Museum preserved the outdated Waterloo constructing.

18. Waterloo Halt, Caerphilly

Just a little cease on the Brecon & Merthyr Line, for the village of Waterloo on the River Rhymney. So small that it solely obtained trains in a single route, the road was actually extra for transporting coal than folks anyway. It closed in 1956.

19. Waterloo Highway, Blackpool (renamed Blackpool South)

Is it nonetheless a Waterloo if it has “Highway” on the tip? The smaller of Blackpool’s two essential stations, Blackpool South was an necessary interchange, however now simply sees one practice an hour to Preston. The identify “Waterloo Highway” lives on within the close by tram cease.

20. Waterloo Highway, Staffordshire

This disused station is in Hanley, a part of the Stoke-on-Trent district. The station closed in 1943, and has vanished with no hint.

21-26. Waterloo, Illinois; Waterloo, Nebraska; Waterloo, New Hampshire; Waterloo, New Jersey; Waterloo, New York; Waterloo, Wisconsin

Time has not been sort to America’s railways. All these cities used to have passenger stations – guests to historic Waterloo, NJ can catch a practice to close by Mount Olive, however anybody going to the others is simply out of luck.

There are just a few extra tiny US Waterloos with railroads by or close to them, but it surely’s not clear whether or not these ever had official passenger stations.

Different Waterloos that may not rely

Twenty six Waterloos is already loads of Waterloos. However this record may preserve going even additional.

When trams have been on the peak of their recognition, there have been undoubtedly fairly just a few tram stops referred to as Waterloo. Nevertheless, outdated tram cease names are arduous to seek out, and likely aren’t any extra notable than bus cease names.

There are additionally varied freight yards and heritage stations referred to as Waterloo however, once more, these are arduous to seek out and stretch the definition of “station”. Nonetheless, we will attempt to rely them.

27, 28, 29. College of Waterloo, Laurier-Waterloo Park and Waterloo Public Sq., Ontario

Three tram stops on the Waterloo-Kitchener Ion gentle rail system, which opened in mid-2019. You possibly can argue that none of them are named Waterloo although, they only embody the phrase of their identify.

30. Waterloo (Northfield Drive), Ontario

One finish of the heritage Waterloo Central Railway. Because the Ion fast transit community opened in June, they haven’t been in a position to run into the town itself, so their new Waterloo station is wedged relatively unglamorously into an industrial property on the sting of city. It nonetheless truly will get semi-regular service, with trains operating to the close by farmer’s market.

31. Waterloo Highway tram cease, Blackpool

See above. It’s on the promenade, a good stroll away from Blackpool South station.

32. Waterloo tram cease, London

Again when London nonetheless had an enormous tram community, the quantity 68 used to start out close to Waterloo station.

33. Waterloo Place, Edinburgh

Like San Francisco and Lisbon, hilly Edinburgh used to have a system of cable-car trams. Right this moment, the one surviving tracks may be seen at Waterloo Place, the previous terminus of the road.

34. Waterloo Items, Liverpool

A cargo-only railway station constructed to serve the Liverpool docks. Closed within the 1960s however the Division for Transport is retaining the previous track-bed free so the road may be opened if wanted.

35. Waterloo, Iowa

OK, it’s one other freight station (belonging to the Canadian Nationwide Railway, regardless of being within the USA), however at the very least the story behind why it’s referred to as Waterloo is nice.

When residents of the city of Prairie Rapids petitioned for a brand new put up workplace, they left the identify clean. The man who took the petition to the postal headquarters determined to fill within the hole by flicking by the listing till he discovered a reputation he appreciated.

So there we go. Relying on the way you rely, there are 6, 11, 26 or at the very least 35 Waterloos all over the world. Plot them on a map and you’ll see they’re principally concentrated in just a few locations.

A map of Waterloo stations. Be happy to argue about which stations actually matter as Waterloos. Picture: writer offered.

There solely appears to be one Marylebone although.

 

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