LHR380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1596 times:
1a Trans Pennine Express
3a Euxton Balshaw Lane
Virgin have a very good service from London up north, £15 to upgrade to first on weekends which is worth it, and even standard class is pretty decent.
Trains to Exeter and further down get some good views, as do trains up in the highlands and final stops in Scotland
Our resident "Commuter in the know" will be able to help with this I would think.
Where to start... People have always gone on about Settle to Carlisle, which I've never done. Newcastle-Berwick-Edinburgh is pretty impressive. Actually, no... start at York, as then you pass over Durham viaduct for one of England's classic railway views.
It depends really what time of year you're thinking of being around. Some places are quiet out of high (summer) season but absolutely unbearable once the tourists start coming in. It also depends how long you'd like to stay in one such place and what you'd like to see. Some of the quaint little villages in the UK are so because they have no access to the railway; if you time it right local buses are usually the best onward route for a day trip to somewhere the train won't take you.
Unless you have a particular fondness for power stations, don't let Didcot's easy rail connections from London Paddington fool you into thinking there's much to see there. To be fair, it has a little railway museum, and one of the highest life expectancies in the UK. Just not much else, except the aforementioned power stations.
Alton Towers? Haven't a clue!
[Edited 2009-02-20 10:19:27]
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Davehammer From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 472 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1560 times:
Do the Fort William-London sleeper in that direction during the summer. One of the great rail journeys that is and I've always had a good experience on the Caledonian Sleepers. Settle-Carlisle is nice as well.
First Great Western are generally seen as a crap operating company and any train operated by cross country usually takes hours to get anywhere south of Birmingham.
DFW13L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1536 times:
Quoting Davehammer (Reply 3): Do the Fort William-London sleeper in that direction during the summer.
I agree. The line from Glasgow to Fort William is a great view of the Highlands. It's gorgeous. And then you can do the Jacobite Steam Train from Fort William to Mallaig if you want to do that as well.