A train station, also called a railroad station (mainly in North American English) or railway station (mainly in British English) and often shortened to just station, is a railway facility where trains regularly stop to load or unload passengers or freight. It generally consists of a platform next to the track and a station building (depot) providing related services such as ticket sales and waiting rooms. If a station is on a single track main line, it usually has a passing loop to facilitate the traffic. The smallest stations are referred to as 'stops' or, mainly in the British English, as 'halts' (flag stops). Connections may be available to intersecting rail lines or other transport modes such as buses or rapid transit systems. The world's oldest railway station built for steam locomotives still in use is Broad Green railway station in Liverpool, England, which was built in 1830 and is on the Liverpool to Manchester Line.
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