Inside the fence.
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There wasn't a standard, but many early platforms were much lower. This picture, taken about 1900, shows a station built in 1847. In this location, as in many others, the platform was raised later, but they couldn't raise the bit with the buildings on without unacceptable expense. There are still a few such stations around today
If you know where to look many stations still have the old lower platforms still there. Worksop and Shireoaks (MS&LR) both show evidence of rebuilding to current levels and Derby (platform 1) still has the NMR stone platform included beneath the newer bricks. I'm sure there are plenty of others but they are generally a foot lower. Smaller stations had even lower platforms.
Builder of Forge Mill Sidings, Kirkcliffe Coking Plant, Swanage and Heaby. Still trying to "Keep the Balance".
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