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11 things you probably didn’t know about the Elizabeth Line

As London’s newest train line opens to the public, we take a look at 11 things you probably didn’t know about the Elizabeth Line It’s named in honour of the Queen Previously known to the British public as Crossrail, the Elizabeth Line has been named in honour of our illustrious monarch. She recently unveiled a […]

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6 reasons the Queen loves her private royal train

Her Royal Highness the Queen is 96 today. To celebrate her birthday, we discover 6 reasons the Queen loves her private royal train Private Train Because the royal train is private, the Queen and her family can travel around the UK in total privacy with their assistants and staff on board. Unique History The first […]

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7 great reasons you should book a Fred Holidays rail journey today

We’ve got 7 great reasons you should book a Fred Holidays rail journey today. Just take a look at their new 2022/2023 brochure and start planning your trip of a lifetime Ride in five-star style on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express What could be more glamorous than taking a long overdue journey on the iconic Venice Simplon […]

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7 things you probably didn’t know about Griff Rhys Jones

Great New Zealand Adventure star Griff Rhys Jones is a man of many talents. Here we discover 7 things you probably didn’t know about him. He has kissed all the Spice Girls As part of the 1999 Comic Relief Red Nose Day appeal Griff kissed all the Spice Girls one by one. ‘It was the […]

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22 new reasons to get excited about train travel in 2022

From a new Italian luxury train to Brad Pitt on a bullet train and the TV return of Michael Portillo, Vicky Mayer discover 22 new reasons to get excited about train travel in 2022 Travel with Belmond and Wes Anderson Celebrated Film Director Wes Anderson has teamed up with Belmond to recreate the Cygnus carriage […]

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All you need to know about riding in style on a Northern Belle train

Vicky Mayer discovers all you need to know about riding in style on a Northern Belle train Christmas comes early It’s my first time on a Northern Belle train and along with my mum Ena, I am looking forward to a five-hour round-trip from Victoria travelling to Dover and back. We are on board to […]

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Britain’s five best rail journeys to book for 2022

Railway expert Rob Carroll shares his tips for on the five best rail journeys to book for 2022 After nearly 15 years of organising escorted rail holidays for groups, I recently rejoined the Leger Shearings Group. ‘What has coach travel got to do with railways?’ you might ask. Well, there have always been enthralling, nostalgic […]

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What’s on board new British train line Lumo

We travelled from London to Edinburgh to discover what’s on board new British train line Lumo Lumo promises train passengers the chance to travel effortlessly between London and Edinburgh at a price everyone can afford. The new line which has been in development for the past two years boasts environmentally-friendly all-electric trains, the chance to […]

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Inside Hornby – secrets of the greatest train model maker in the world

Tune in go behind the scenes and discover the secrets of Hornby – the greatest train model maker in the world Known throughout the world as the best train model making company in the world, Hornby is a legend to people of all ages. And now Hornby fans can go behind the scenes to discover […]

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Why Britain’s scenic rail journeys are the best

Jools Townsend is CEO of the Community Rail Network. Here she reveals why Scenic Rail Britain is promoting UK rail travel in 2021 and which train journeys get her vote Why is Scenic Rail Britain promoting the joys of rail travel in the UK? Our campaign is all about promoting sustainable days out, especially on […]

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Secrets of the Watercress Line

Malcolm Tattersall takes a trip to Hampshire to discover the secrets of the famous Watercress Line Step back in time The uniformed porter on the platform at quaint Ropley Station just shrugged after announcing the Watercress Line’s 5pm steam service to Alresford was delayed by 15 minutes. ‘It’s all part of the realistic nostalgia experience,’ […]

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Siddy Holloway: My London Underground and railway secrets

Siddy Holloway shares her London Underground and railway secrets. As co-presenter of TV show Secrets of the London Underground with Tim Dunn, she is a master of her subject. Why do you love underground trains? The London Underground to me a living, breathing museum. The London Underground has lots of secrets. Being the oldest underground […]

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Review: My magical train journey on the Sunset Steam Express

Vicky Mayer enjoys a magical train journey full of surprises and delight on the Sunset Steam Express A very warm welcome at Victoria Station On a warm summer’s evening in July, a sizeable crowd is gathering at platform 2 in Victoria Station. Well dressed and excited, they are all here to climb on board Steam […]

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6 smart reasons to travel around Britain by rail

Want to make 2021 truly memorable? Then book yourself a train trip. We’ve discovered 6 smart reasons to travel around Britain by rail Discovering Britain by rail From big railway companies like GWR and LNER to smaller heritage lines like the Bluebell Railway (above) and Ffestiniog Railway, Britain really punches above its weight when it […]

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A memorable trip on the Kent & East Sussex Railway

Vicky Mayer takes a memorable trip on the Kent & East Sussex Railway and discovers a journey full of surprises The journey begins at Tenterden Town station Lovely Tenterden in Kent is a gorgeous place to start a train journey on one of the UK’s most popular heritage train lines, the Kent & East Sussex […]

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New rules for double-jabbed train travellers

What are the new rules for double-jabbed holidays? And how do they affect train travel? Why July 19 is Travel D-Day Good news today for British train travellers. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced that from July 19 July 19 double-jabbed holidaymakers will be able to visit ‘amber list’ countries without the need to quarantine […]

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The secrets of Princess Diana’s lasting railway legacy

The world’s most photographed woman loved travelling on trains. We discover the secrets of Princess Diana’s lasting railway legacy. In the 15 years she was married to Prince Charles, like all the royals, Princess Diana caried out many official engagements, both here in the UK and overseas. Many trips were done by car but like […]

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Harry Potter’s love affair with trains and stations

Here’s all you need to know about Harry Potter’s love affair with trains and stations J.K Rowling’s connection to King’s Cross Station Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has a fond spot for King’s Cross station because her parents met her on a train bound for Scotland. Not surprisingly then, in her Harry Potter novels, she […]

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A new life for Prince William on his 39th birthday?

Is there a new life in store for train-loving Prince William on his 39th birthday? Railway Traveller looks to see what is in store for the birthday boy… It’s been a turbulent year so far for Prince William who celebrates his 39th birthday today. In April he said goodbye to his beloved grandfather Prince Philip. […]

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9 Father’s Day gifts for dads who love railways

Stuck on what to give your dad for Father’s Day on Sunday June 20? We’ve got 9 Father’s Day gifts for dads who love railways Eat Sleep Trains Repeat men’s t-shirt, £15.99, amazon.com  Adidas Gazelle Bluebird trainers, £76.95, surfdome.com Classic Railway station totem clock, £48, jafgraphics.co.uk       Hornby Eurostar Yellow Submarine Train Set, £127.99, robertdyas.co.uk […]