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I'm reading about the Seiryu Miharashi Station in Japan, which is a recently (2019-03-19) opened train station where passengers cannot enter or exit the platform, except via the train, as the platform's sole purpose is the view to the nearby river:

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Is Seiryu Miharashi Station the only train station where passengers cannot enter or exit the platform?

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Eigerwand on the Jungfraujoch railway line used to be a stop for the trains before 2016. Passengers could get down and move to specially carved windows to view the mountainside. The only other way to access the station except the railway line was a door that opened on the mountain but you can't use that without specialist equipment and climbing skill. As of 2021, the trains no longer stop here.

The next station Eismeer may also qualify as its purpose is also to allow passengers the view of the mountain/glacier. I am not sure of there is any access point to the station except the railway line.

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    It is of course a question of definition if the viewing points at the Jungfraujoch Line stations are part of the platform or if not the purpose of the stations (and the platforms) is to reach the viewing points, which themselves are not part of the platform. Feb 4 at 11:31
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    @Tor-EinarJarnbjo That is correct. However, I have answered as per question description "passengers cannot enter or exit platform except by train" with the generous assumption that platform extends to whole station :)
    – RedBaron
    Feb 4 at 12:14
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    @Tor-EinarJarnbjo I am typically at Eismeer a few times a year, and there is literally nothing else. A tiny space for entering and exiting the train and like 5-10 meters to the glass window of the station where you get a breathtaking view. There is nothing else whatsoever. If you remove the volume of the rocks its not much bigger than the station shown in OP Feb 4 at 20:02
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    Don't pretty much all upper Jungfraubahn stations qualify? Sure, mountaineers can and do exit the station, but maybe some creative rafters could also get off the train at the pictured station to start rafting down the river, I'm sure the fence wouldn't stop them. I started a trek once at a picture stop for a bus in Iceland :)
    – gerrit
    Feb 5 at 9:17
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    While it's not unattractive, it's not an especially good view: I see an artifically straightened river, against a typical wooded hillside, and perhaps an access path on the other side of the river with a line of electricty or telegraph poles. There are better looking views on my commute to London. And there are much better views on numerous trains I've been on in central Japan. I can't imagine why anyone would want to stop here...
    – James K
    Feb 5 at 20:23
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Yoshioka-Kaitei Station, located within the Seikan Tunnel between the islands of Honshu and Hokkaido in Japan and once the world's deepest station at 149m under sea level, would have fit the bill: the only way out were emergency escape shafts closed to the public (except in emergencies, of course).

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There wouldn't be much to see deep underground (see above), but there was a small museum about the tunnel that was open to the public. Alas, the station was permanently closed in 2006 to make way for the Hokkaido Shinkansen bullet train upgrade.

Yoshioka-Kaitei had a twin station, Tappi-Kaitei, but this had an underground cable car to the surface so it doesn't quite qualify.

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    M2 might have stations deeper than that.
    – MCCCS
    Feb 5 at 10:17
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    @MCCCS First you'd need to confirm that it exists. Feb 5 at 13:45
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    It says the tunnels are up to 200 metres deep, but Moscow's altitude is about 150 metres above sea level, so at the deepest it's potentially 100 metres shallower.
    – Ken Y-N
    Feb 6 at 15:38
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    @KenY-N tunnels can go below sea level. E.g. much of London’s Northern line. londonist.com/london/transport/…
    – Tim
    Feb 6 at 18:03
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    @Tim: I think what they meant was that, with Moscow being 150 m AMSL, 200-m-deep tunnels would end up being only 50 m or so below sea level, well short of Yoshioka-Kaitei's -149 m.
    – Vikki
    Feb 8 at 1:50
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Kjofossen on the Myrdal to Flåm line in Norway is similar - the train stops at a platform from which you can view a waterfall. I believe at times it is spectacular, when I was there there was only a trickle in it.

I don't believe there is any way off the platform except by train.

https://goo.gl/maps/xF5rVbuQB8Bt8FZT7

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    There are some 360° views on Google that are pretty impressive. Feb 5 at 1:53
  • And during the tourist season there is also short theater performance at the waterfall.
    – Tonny
    Feb 7 at 14:35
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Just a few minutes before finding this question I was seeing a video about the Newhaven Marine railway station.

There, the train goes to the station and stops. But it is not that you cannot leave the station: you cannot even leave the train even if it stops at the station.

In short, the station activity was linked to ferries that crossed the English Channel. With the building of the Eurotunnel, that activity went down to the point that the station no longer made sense, and passengers were directed towards nearby Newhaven Harbour station.

But legally it still had to be serviced, so a train will stop there but the access is blocked so nobody could actually enter or leave the train¹. In fact, it seems that there is a sign at the station telling would-be travellers that they can call for a taxi to take them to Newhaven Harbour station to board the trains there and that the railway company would pay the fare. Since the distance is a two minute walk, the video speculates that this is seldom done.

¹ There are some stations where the only trains are scheduled to meet the minimum legal requirements of servicing the station once a day, the so called Parliamentary trains.

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    There’s also this video which shows actually attempting to visit the station and watching a train go in and out.
    – Jan
    Feb 5 at 8:22
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    This station was closed in October 2020 after the public consultation mentioned near the end of the video you linked took place.
    – gparyani
    Feb 5 at 21:39
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During the Cold War, the Friedrichstraße U-Bahn station was physically located underneath East Berlin but was part of West Berlin's network. There were several such "ghost stations" in Cold War Berlin, and trains usually ran straight through them without stopping. Friedrichstraße, however, was unique because it was used to transfer between two lines, so trains actually stopped at it. West Berliners could ride into the station, make a transfer, and then ride out, but in order to actually leave the station they would have to go through border control on the surface, a rare event. Similarly, East Berliners could not enter the station without going through border control.

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Depending on how you draw the line between a station and a platform, the Pittsburgh/Bay Point transfer platform that's part of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system in the San Francisco area arguably qualifies. It's a transfer point between two rail technologies that has no non-emergency entrance/exit except by rail.

The main BART system is an electric broad gauge light rail system. Due to the high cost of construction for such a non-standard design, the planners of a 10 mile extension of the system to Antioch, California decided it would be cheaper to build a separate rail project called eBART using standard gauge rail and off-the-shelf diesel multiple unit trains.

To facilitate this, they built a transfer platform 0.6 miles east of the existing Pittsburgh/Bay Point station. The transfer platform is in a freeway median and has no entrances and exits (besides an emergency exit); the only way to access it is by rail. Eastbound riders remain on BART past the Pittsburgh/Bay Point station to reach the transfer platform, where they board a waiting diesel train for the ~12 minute trip the rest of the way to Antioch, while westbound riders reach the transfer platform on a diesel train and cross the transfer platform to board a waiting BART train, which takes them to the Pittsburgh/Bay Point station and beyond.

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Umi-Shibaura Station in Yokohama, Japan might be considered as a station you can't leave, depending on how you define it.

The land around the station is owned by Toshiba, so only Toshiba employees and guests may exit the station. To the average person, this is a station where you cannot leave. There is, however, a small park maintained by Toshiba within the station premises for people to visit.

Since it's a terminal station, make sure to pay for the ride back!

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    There used to be one like this in Britain (Redcar British Steel) but alas, that has closed completely a couple of years ago.
    – Jan
    Feb 5 at 8:23
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    There are some train stations like this in Germany. The German aviation safety authority (Deutsche Luftsicherung) in Langen has a station, as does KIT in Karlsruhe. However, I believe people who have no business there aren't even allowed to get off the train there.
    – gerrit
    Feb 5 at 9:32
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    @Jan: That may have been a better example, because the station was still open when the British Steel works there had been closed altogether. So there were no employees anymore who were allowed off the station.
    – MSalters
    Feb 5 at 10:01
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    IBM halt on the Glasgow - Gourock line was the same. It could only be used for the large IBM factory, The factory has been demolished, and the station is currently disused. For a while it was publicly accessible, after part of the factory was closed.
    – CSM
    Feb 5 at 18:10
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Sagliains is a railway station in Switzerland where the Bever - Scuol line joins the Vereina line. It has a single island platform with no outside access. Its purpose is to allow interchange between trains on both lines. For that purpose st. Moritz - Scuol trains are timed to meet there with Scuol - Landquart trains (and vv.) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sagliains_railway_station

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Smallbrook Junction on the Isle of Wight is the only open example I can think of in the UK currently* served by trains on the national network (ie ignoring heritage railways). Lympstone Commando (formerly accessible to folks with business with the military base) now has a footpath I believe, and Redcar British Steel (accessible only to employees of the steelworks) no longer has any booked calls.

Smallbrook Junction is on the Isle of Wight, and was built when the heritage railway (the Isle of Wight Steam Railway) was extended to reach (though not physically connect with) the mainline (the Island Line). Mainline trains stop only when the heritage railway is running, and are timetabled to connect as best as possible with the heritage railway's services. The two wooden platforms are only accessible by either mainline train or heritage train (or from each other of course), and there are no public exits from the station.

*Actually not currently currently, but only temporarily...

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Edit: As of 2021 (imagery date) there appears to be a connection between local roads and the railway.

On the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the Tanggula station (which has a platform and signage) is described as follows:

As of 2010, no passenger transport service was available since the region is uninhabited. A through train may stop at the station to wait for another train coming from the opposite direction to pass, but passengers are required to remain on the train.

It's claimed to be the highest rail station in the world, with its location "specially chosen for the view from the platform."

An image of the Tanggula Station platform with hilly landscape behind it. Image from Wikimedia Commons user Yaohua2000 used under CC-BY-SA3.0.

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    I've been here, and the Qinghai-Tibet Highway passes nearby, providing an alternative to get there by car. Feb 4 at 22:59
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    @lambshaanxy Is there access to the station from that highway?
    – nanofarad
    Feb 5 at 15:33
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    Yes, there is: Tanggula Railway Station maps.app.goo.gl/qN6mAAguwFzAGKL36 Feb 6 at 2:59
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    That's the view they built it for? Feb 6 at 3:09
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    @AzorAhai-him- I'd guess they built it to be record-setting (and for allowing trains to pass other trains).
    – nanofarad
    Feb 6 at 3:10
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Although it's not exactly a train station, Cornbrook tram stop did not allow passenger entry or exit from the platforms when it opened in 1999. It was only used to change between two lines on the Manchester Metrolink. The surrounding area consisted of derelict buildings and junkyards squeezed between the Ship Canal and a major road, so anyone leaving the station would probably have been lost (and a prime target for muggers). After new housing developments were built nearby, the emergency exits were made accessible to the public from 3 September 2005.

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Are we counting former train stations here?

If so, Manhattan Transfer in Harrison, New Jersey would have fit the bill.

In 1910, the Pennsylvania Railroad, whose trains originally ran to a waterfront terminal in Jersey City, opened a new branch running under the Hudson River to a new station in Manhattan itself; the tunnels under the Hudson and to the underground tracks of the new station were electrified to avoid suffocating train occupants, but most of the PRR's trains (passenger and freight alike) were pulled by steam locomotives that couldn't use the new line. The railroad's solution was to build a station on the main line just to the west of the junction, so that passengers on steam trains could transfer to electrics for the run into New York. A few other railroads also started serving the station, but, for its entire existence, it existed solely as a place to change trains, with no access to the station except by train.

Following the electrification of the rest of the PRR's main line in 1932-33 and the extension to another station further west of the trackage of a railroad that had formerly connected to the PRR at Manhattan Transfer, the station became redundant, and was closed in June 1937.

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