Former King’s Lynn pupil Vicki Pipe and partner Geoff Marshall plan to visit all 2,563 railway stations in Great Britain
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There are 2,563 railway stations in Great Britain - and Geoff Marshall and Vicki Pipe plan to visit them all.
Mr Marshall is no stranger to ticking off stations, having twice held the world record for visiting all 270 stops on the London Underground in the shortest time.
But the 44-year-old freelance film producer from South London admits travelling through every station in England, Scotland and Wales is in a slightly different league.
'I'm a little bit OCD, I like making lists,' he admitted, as he and Miss Pipe prepared to board yet another train. 'Sixteen days in, with done 600 or something like that, so we're 25pc in but it's been easy to do 40 or 50 a day, once we get into Wales and Scotland we'll be lucky to manage 10.' Miss Pipe, 33, who works as a museum education professional at the London Transport Museum, has drawn a big ring round Saturday, June 3. For that's when she and her partner plan to visit her home town of King's Lynn, on the East Anglian leg of their marathon rail trail. They will also be passing through Shippea Hill, near Ely - Britain's least stopped-at station, where one of her forbears worked as a signalman.
'We'll meet up with my parents and I have family in Norwich so I'm hoping we can say a brief hello,' said the former Springwood High School pupil. 'As a couple we like travelling together. My interest in railways is more the social history side of things, that's my passion. I love seeing how railways connect different people.'
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Part of the reason the couple decided to undertake the trip was to document how our railways are today, with major changes due in the years to come.
They are producing documentary videos of their travels, which have been funded by more than £30,000 raised online by crowdfunding.
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'Over the next few years there's going to be so much investment in the railways they're going to change dramatically,' said Miss Pipe. 'So we're at a moment when we're going to capture how the railways are now.'
Footage will be given to the National Railway Museum and London Transport Museum. Each day's trip is being shared on social media.
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