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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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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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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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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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The Paris-Nice Sleeper Train has Finally Been Restored

Romantic train journeys from Paris to the French Riviera are on the cards for this summer…

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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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Rail Expert Rob Carroll on his favourite rail journeys

What are Rail Expert Rob Carroll’s favourite rail journeys? The Commerical Director of Airedale Tours gives us the low-down on the world’s best buffet cars and why he loves travelling through Scotland on a train. What’s been your favourite rail journey? For very personal reasons I would choose the West Highland Line. My late mum […]

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Tim Dunn reveals his favourite train trips and rail memories

What are Tim Dunn’s favourite train trips and rail memories? Here the The Architecture The Railways Built host reveals his love of the Ffestiniog Railway and why he loves sleeper trains. What’s your favourite rail journey? A trip on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales. I’ve been travelling on it since I was about five. […]

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Why Great Pottery Throw Down’s Keith Brymer Jones loves rail travel

Great Pottery Throw Down presenter Keith Brymer loves rail travel. Here he shares details of his favourite rail journeys – from overnight trains in China to a drive-on train journey in his childhood. What’s your favourite rail travel journey? The Northern Explorer from Paraparaumu to Auckland. It’s an incredible journey that takes a long time […]

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Six of the best Mother’s Day Rail Trips

Next Sunday is Mother’s Day. Sadly, you won’t be able to take your mum on a train trip next weekend. But if she loves train travel why not treat her to one of these six of the best Mother’s Day 2021 Rail Days trips. Champagne Afternoon Tea on the British Pullman Details: Travel on the […]

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Railtrail Tours’ Dave Felstead on his favourite train trips

Dave Felstead, Managing Director and founder of Railtrail Tours on his favourite train trips, Michael Palin and real ale. What’s been your favourite rail journey and why? It has to be the journey from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh. I followed in the footsteps of Sir Michael Palin‘s very first ‘Great Railway Journey of the […]

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10 Great Train Books and Films

What are the 10 greatest train books and films? Author Eleni Kyriacou picks her favourites, full of romance, passion and mystery. Railway Books She Came to Stay, by Eleni Kyriacou It’s 1952 and Dina arrives at Victoria station. She’s travelled from rural poverty in Cyprus to smoggy London for a bigger, better life. But it’s […]

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How to travel with your dog on a British train

Want to know how to travel with your dog on a British train? We’ve asked the experts – from a canine behaviour expert at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home to dog owner Lysanne Currie Lysanne and Alf’s story Euston to Manchester. A train journey I loved as it held so many hazy, crazy memories of […]