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Top five rail trips this summer

Our railway offers a wealth of striking journeys – as seen in the new series The Architecture the Railways Built.

Here are our top five places to visit as we welcome everyone back to the railway:

We’re helping you use the railway confidently – with a range of measures to keep you safe during coronavirus. They include extra staff to help guide you through stations, and vending machines at Britain’s biggest stations, where you can buy face coverings and hand sanitiser.

You must wear a face covering for the full duration of your journey on public transport in England, Scotland and Wales. Find out more about face coverings and exemptions here.

The Ffestiniog Railway

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Pictures one and two from The Ffestiniog Railway.

It’s almost 200 years old, climbs more than 700 feet from sea level into the Welsh mountains and is just 13 and a half miles long.

We’re proud to share close ties with The Ffestiniog Railway – the world’s oldest narrow-gauge railway and just one of the stories featured in The Architecture the Railway Built on Yesterday.

This living museum stretches from the harbour in Porthmadog, Gwynedd to historic slate mining town Blaenau Ffestiniog in Merionethshire, passing through forests and waterfalls and chugging round a complete spiral on the way.

The Architecture the Railways Built – The Ffestiniog Railway

The Architecture the Railways Built – interview with presenter Tim Dunn

The Scottish Highlands

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Take the West Highland Line from Glasgow Queen Street to some of Scotland’s most famous scenery.

ScotRail runs a train service all the way through Fort William, Glenfinnan and the old fishing port of Mallaig – today a popular tourist destination.

Bonnie Prince Charlie put Glenfinnan on the map in 1745 when he arrived in Scotland from France to raise an army against the Scottish government.

Today, Glenfinnan attracts swathes of visitors – particularly Harry Potter film fans – to see the iconic viaduct next to Loch Shiel.

The Jacobite steam train runs from Fort William to Mallaig via Glenfinnan from April to September.

Passengers can hop off at the classically restored Glenfinnan railway station, which now houses the Glenfinnan Station Museumleave their luggage with staff and explore the local area.

Soon, those travelling through Glasgow Queen Street will enjoy an even better start to their journeys – we’re turning the terminus into a bigger, brighter station.

The National Railway Museum

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Take a trip to the historic walled city of York and discover some of Britain’s most important railway artefacts at The National Railway Museum, including what was once the country’s busiest signal box.

Network Rail has donated original bricks from the foundations of Borough Market Junction signal box, which moved from London to the National Railway Museum in 1976.

Our donation will help the latest phase of the box’s restoration – an approximately £40,000 project to move it indoors, build a new base and provide access for visitors. Once completed, the box will once again sit at its original height.

Settle-Carlisle line

Another star of The Architecture the Railways Built is the Settle–Carlisle line is one of the world’s most stunning stretches of railway. Enjoy views of the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbrian Fells. You’ll see Victorian architecture, remote station buildings and imposing bridges like the Ribblehead Viaduct, which you can see in this film above.

The Architecture the Railways Built – Ribblehead Viaduct

The Borders Railway

The Borders Railway. Picture credit – Bruce Ball.

When the Borders Railway opened in 2015 it reconnected local communities with Scotland’s capital by rail for the first time since 1969.

The 30-mile route – the UK’s longest new domestic line in more than 100 years – reversed a controversial closure that had left “a profound sense of sadness” in its wake, according to Bruce Ball, author of The Spirit of the Borders Railway.

Today, the scenic line takes passengers between Tweedbank and Edinburgh in less than an hour. The Borders Railway describes direct transport links as integral to tourism in Scotland, linking the south east of Scotland with rail and air travel across Britain.

Read more:

The Architecture the Railways Built – interview with presenter Tim Dunn

Proud to support The Railway Heritage Trust

People and the railway: The Railway Heritage Trust

Film: The railway at war – 1914-1918

Our historic railway: seven discoveries

Film: Discover the Network Rail archive

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