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The Trains Now Departed – and the Top Ten of British rail travel

April 17, 2015 Blog


Trains Now Departed final cover

WHAT are the best train journeys in Britain? I’ve been invited to Singapore and Hong Kong next month to give some talks in both cities about ‘The Best of British Rail Travel’ to coincide with the publication on my new book ‘The Trains Now Departed: Sixteen Excursions into the Lost Delights of Britain’s Railways’. I’ve been asking around among friends and colleagues – and have now come up
Here’s my Top Five. Will welcome more suggestions!

1. The Deerstalker Express/Caledonian Sleeper – London to the West Highlands, Fort William and Mallaig
2. Paddington to Penzance, including the St Erth to St Ives and Liskeard to Looe branches, with lunch in one of the lat surviving restaurant cars
3. The Cumbria Coast line from Barrow to Carlisle
4. The East Coast Main Line between Newcastle and Berwick
5. Folkestone to Dover, along the ‘Shakespeare Coast’
6. Leeds to Morecambe/Settle and Carlisle over the dramatic Pennines
7. London’s Docklands Light Railway, from Tower Gateway to Greenwich
8. The Far North line in Scotland to Wick and Thurso – perhaps the greatest unsung train journey in the world
9. The Heart of Wales line from Crewe to Llanelli – the most perfect country railway
10. The Island Line on the Isle of Wight, where old Tube trains operate a surreal service on the main line network

April 17, 2015 Blog

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