Tag Archives: rail

Special Attractions on the Great West Way

The Great West Way is a new tourism marketing initiative, creating a ‘multi-modal’ route through southern England from London to Bristol that highlights many attractions and sites along the way – among them, several of interest to mechanically-minded travellers. Rather like the ‘Silk Road’, the Great West...

Virgin Trains complete onboard WIFI upgrade

The final train in Virgin Trains’ fleet of 56 Pendolinos was fitted with new hardware in May, giving customers access to free WIFI and to its onboard entertainment hub, BEAM. The new connectivity is part of a range of improvements to improve customer experience on Virgin Trains...

Big Boy Rolls Again

On Tuesday night, the world’s largest steam locomotive, Union Pacific’s Big Boy No. X4014, returned to life¹, and yesterday it made its first test run in preparation for a steam locomotive “race” starting tomorrow. Both of Union Pacific’s historic steam locomotives – Big Boy No. 4014 and...

Train Geeks’ Heaven

This weekend, Virgin Trains set up a photo-opportunity event for rail enthusiasts – four generations of trains travelling side by side on the East Coast Line. Of course, it was also a marketing opportunity to show off Virgin Trains’ new Azuma, alongside two present-day trains, and the...

Gotthard Base Tunnel Opens

The massive 57-kilometre Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT) in the Swiss Alps is finally opening this weekend after 17 years of construction. From Sunday 11 December, train passengers will be able to speed between northern & southern Switzerland in 17 minutes, cutting the overall cross-border journey time from...

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