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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 […]

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Secrets of the UK’s most scenic rail journeys

Want to know the secrets of the UK’s most scenic rail journeys? Read our guide and get on board… North Yorkshire Moors Railway The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is one of the UK’s most scenic railway routes. As it travels, 24 miles through some of North Yorkshire’s most picturesque spots, guests on board can enjoy […]

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All you need to know about the new Stockholm to Berlin Night Train

Love sleeper trains? We’ve got all you need to know about the new Stockholm to Berlin night train that launches in June 2021 New night train Swedish train operator Snälltåget will be launching a new sleeper train between Stockholm and Berlin on June 11 2021. The new line will travel between Stockholm, Malmo, Copenhagen, Hamburg […]

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6 things you probably didn’t know about Michael Portillo

Great British Railways star Michael Portillo is 68 today. To celebrate his birthday, we discover 6 things you probably didn’t know about him. Many of his clothes are made by a tailor in London Michael Portillo is famously known for his bright trousers and jackets which make a great impact on the small screen. ‘I […]

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Great British Railways – all you need to know about the new service

The British rail system is being overhauled and will be rebranded as Great British Railways – this is all you need to know. Goodbye Network Rail, hello Great British Railways Over the past ten years Britain’s Network Rail has had some very bad press with frequently late running trains and cancellations, dirty carriages and some […]

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Travel to Penzance on the Night Riviera train and stay at one of these five great hotels

Travel to Penzance on the Night Riviera train and enjoy all the fun of taking one of the UK’s best-loved sleeper trains. Book a journey on the Night Riviera Want to book a British staycation with a difference? Then book a trip this summer of the famous Night Rivera. In seven and a half hours, […]

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Trains in Israel – All you need to know

Fancy travelling by train around Israel? Here’s all you need to know about the trains in Israel Trains in Israel – the lowdown The trains in Israel are fast, modern and easy-to-use. Israel Railways, the national train operator, offers lots of option for getting around, particularly on the Coastal Plain. The trains are clean, modern […]

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Michael Portillo’s new East Anglia train adventures

Michael Portillo is setting off on some new East Anglia train adventures this week. We’ve got all the details of his five Great British Railway Journey shows on BBC2 at 6.30pm 3 May – Saxmundham to Dedham Tonight, Michael explores East Anglia between the two world wars. His journey begins at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk, […]

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Why is Jacqueline Wilson rewriting The Railway Children?

Why is Jaqueline Wilson rewriting The Railway Children? We discover how she plans to modernise this classic children’s novel Jacqueline Wilson’s new job Dame Jacqueline Wilson is one of Britain’s best loved children’s authors. The Tracey Beaker writer is loved by kids around the country for her gritty novels that tell the truth about modern […]

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Michael Portillo returns with the 12th series of Great British Railway Journeys

Book a seat on your sofa. Michael Portillo returns today with the 12th series of Great British Railway Journeys First episode details revealed Michael Portillo will kick off the series tonight at 6.30 pm on BBC2. In this episode, Michael travels from Oxford to Abingdon. In Oxford, he visits Somerville College to hear how pioneering […]

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Book today: 3 great rail journey experiences you’ll love

Railway Traveller discovers three great rail journey experiences you’ll love. These include the Edinburgh Tattoo and the Oberammergau Passion Play. These are once-in-a-lifetime experiences that can be enjoyed by train. The Occasion: The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2021 The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place every year in August in Edinburgh. Visitors to the Tattoo […]

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12 great reasons rail travel is good for your health & well-being

Discover 12 great reasons rail travel is good for your health & well-being. From keeping fit to making new friends, isn’t it time you booked a train journey? The power of daydreaming Yes, you can read a book, fire up your laptop or listen to music. But for a great mental health kick, just sit […]

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5 great reasons to book a European train trip today

We’ve got 5 great reasons to book a European train trip today. From a fabulous new brochure launch to £££s off your next rail holiday – there’s something here for everyone. Fred.\ Holidays’ new 2021/2022 brochure launch Fred.\Holidays not only offer amazing European rail journeys but lots of exciting rail and sail packages too. Their […]