Train Station Toilet Charges Axed From 2019

All train stations managed by Network Rail will see the joy of free toilets restored from 2019, as the outgoing chief executive tries to return a bit of dignity to the art of travelling by rail. Read More >>

More Trains Might Mean the End of the Rail Timetable

The boss of Network Rail has had an idea: no one can complain about trains not keeping to timetables if there aren't any timetables. At least, that's what might be behind his bonkers suggestion that train timetables could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to... more trains. Read More >>

Eurostar’s Direct London-Amsterdam Trains Launch in April

Eurostar's about to buck the trend and make our connections with Europe a little bit stronger, with a direct high-speed service from London to Amsterdam -- on a bloody train that goes under the sea, lest we forget to be excited about this bit of 1980s/1990s engineering -- starting in April. Read More >>

First Potential HS2 Architecture Revealed

They really do seem to be serious about building that new chunk of high-speed train track in the UK, with today seeing a key component of the line revealed in the form of concept images of what the 3.4km Colne Valley viaduct might look like. Read More >>

Euston Station WIll Serve Dinners to the Homeless on Christmas Day

Something even more exotic than baguettes is set to be served to a select crowd at Euston Station this Christmas Day, as the station is being transformed into a shelter for the homeless for the afternoon, seeing as it'll be closed to paying rail customers on the big day anyway. Read More >>

Many Forgotten Old Train Lines Could be Reopened

The government's released a grand piece of work it calls the Strategic Vision for Rail, a wide ranging collection of ideas on how to make the UK's many rail franchises work a little better. Of most interest to train enthusiasts, though, is a commitment to look at reopening old lines closed in the Beeching cuts of the 1960s and the general British Rail malaise that followed in the 70s. Read More >>

The 26-30 Railcard is Available Next Week, Provided You Have the Right Postcode

Last week in the budget the Chancellor announced that the 16-25 railcard was being extended, letting people aged 26-30 get a third off rail tickets nationwide. The card is set to be available nationwide next Spring, but a trial version is set to start next Wednesday, provided you have the right postcode. Read More >>

London to Scotland Sleeper Trains to go Full Travelodge From 2018

Did you know, right, that there's an overnight train that connects London to Scotland? With beds? Proper, lie-down-in, beds? And someone to bring you a cup of tea in the morning? Well there is, and even though the shaver plug sockets have been upgraded and turned into USB outputs in the last year or two, it's all a charmingly old fashioned experience. But that is to change from 2018, when a new fleet of 75 bespoke modern carriages enters service. Read More >>

Phone Storage for Digital Railcards is Coming This Autumn

Any national railcards that you're young enough to have or travel enough to have will soon be able to be stored digitally, with a system to let train travellers store their discount-enablers in a smartphone app finally ready to launch. Read More >>

Eurostar Will Go Direct From London To Amsterdam This Year

Eurostar plans to offer a direct route from London to Amsterdam before the year is up. You can already use the service to get to the city now, but you need to change to a different, albeit high-speed, train to get to either Rotterdam or Amsterdam. The new service will go direct in little under four hours and there will be two trains per day. Read More >>

We’re Selling Some Stuff to China!

A new trade route has opened up between the UK and China, with a cargo train set to leave Stanford-le-Hope today to start on a staggering 7,500 mile overland journey to Yiwu in the Zhejiang province of China. Read More >>

Network Rail Says Our Trains Should be Batterified

The boss of Network Rail has had a great idea for a way to save the cost of electrifying the chunks of the UK's railway network that haven't been converted -- battery powered trains. Read More >>

Plans Submitted for Maglev Pods to Link Manchester and Liverpool

A ridiculously ambitious plan to link Manchester and Liverpool with high speed maglev trains has been handed in to bosses within the Transport for the North department, which could, if it ever existed, get people across the country in a matter of minutes. Read More >>

We Have a Scheduled Passenger Steam Train Running Again

A steam train of the actual old fire/smoke kind is running a scheduled service in the UK again this week, as enthusiasts have managed to get the restored engine Tornado operating daily runs between the northern powerhouses of Appleby and Skipton on the Settle to Carlisle stretch of line. Read More >>

Cheaper Train Journeys Promised in Ticket Rules Shakeup

The life hack that is buying loads of single tickets and chaining them together to save money on longer trips is coming to some of our rail franchises, with a rethink of the ticketing system aiming to make buying the cheapest possible ticket the easiest option -- instead of a near-impossible, multi-dimensional logistical battle against an unseen capitalist machine. Read More >>