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Episode 2: Introduction to travelling the UK by train (tips & advice to help plan your UK rail adventures)

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Tips & advice to help plan your UK rail adventures with Doug Collins

In today’s episode, I am joined by my husband and co-founder of UK Travel Planning Doug Collins.

Doug spent 25 years working on the UK rail network in a variety of roles and in this episode introduces himself and discusses his lifelong love of travelling by train around the UK (and the world)

He talks about the many advantages (and some disadvantages) to consider if you are considering travelling by rail around the UK.

In addition, Doug has some top tips to ensure your UK train travel goes as smoothly as possible too.

Hear about Doug’s favourite train journeys and upcoming plans for some exciting rail trips in the UK in 2022.

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Episode 2 – Show Notes

Topics covered in this episode include:

  • Doug’s background in the UK rail industry
  • Advantages and disadvantages of travelling the UK by rail
  • Tips when travelling by train in the UK
  • Favourite train journeys in the UK including the East and West Coast Mainlines and the Cross Country Line
  • Preservation and vintage train lines plus the opening or reopening of new lines or old closed lines
  • The Caledonian Sleeper service from London to various destinations in Scotland

Trains and train lines mentioned in this episode:

  • East Coast Mainline >> Runs between London and Edinburgh via Peterborough, Doncaster, York, Darlington, Durham and Newcastle
  • West Coast Mainline >> Connects London and Glasgow (with branches to Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Edinburgh)
  • CrossCountry Service >> Regional and intercity services. Intercity services include Plymouth to Edinburgh, Southampton to Newcastle, Bournemouth to Manchester Piccadilly, and Exeter St Davids to Manchester Piccadilly. Regional services include Cardiff Central to Nottingham and Birmingham New Street to Stansted Airport/ Leicester/Nottingham

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Useful resources

We have lots of resources about how to travel the UK by train including the following articles:

  • Best of Britain by trainOur 14-day train itinerary to some of the most popular destinations in England, Scotland and Wales
UK train travel book cover


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