AERA General meeting – May 2019

AERA General Meeting – May 2019 The AERA General Meeting on May 28th in London had a full agenda. We considered issues including  passenger rights when a connection is missed; standards on EuroCity trains; good and not so good practice with passes and zonal...

Travel with a Rail Pass: How customer-friendly are they?

Travel with a Rail Pass: How customer-friendly are they? The Association of European Rail Agents brings together travel agents, tour organisers and other specialists with particular expertise and experience in international rail travel. You can find out about each of...

AERA General Meeting – July 2019

At the AERA General Meeting on July 25th we were pleased to welcome  Magali Kennedy of SNCF whose presentation updated us on the rail situation in France and with whom we were able to discuss a range of related issues. At our next General Meeting, in London on ...

Places to go in the UK: Chathill for Ellingham Hall

Most of my visits for this column are to towns and cities, but small rural stations sometimes yield useful places to visit. I was in need of a “writing day” and settled upon Ellingham Hall in north Northumberland for a day out, using the small station at Chathill only...

Places to go in the UK: Perth, Scotland

In the Brockley Whins area of South Tyneside are two adjoining housing estates.  To the west is the Scotch estate where all the roads are named after cities and towns in Scotland, which is Jarrow NE32.  To the east is the Australian estate in South Shields NE34, roads...

Places to Go: North Berwick

North Berwick is a small town in East Lothian, Scotland, not to be confused with Berwick upon Tweed which is in England. The latter is on the East Coast Main Line from London to Edinburgh.  North Berwick is on a spur off the main line, and the local trains serve five...

Places to go in the UK: Leeds Castle

How to get there Leeds is a regular day visit away from the northeast with TransPennine Express, but Leeds Castle is adjacent to the village of Leeds in the middle of Kent.  To get there, you’ll need to travel beyond London and on to the South Eastern (SE) service to...

Places to Go in the UK: Hebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge railway station lies on the Calder Valley Line between Manchester Victoria and Leeds City. The station is now painted in the original Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway colors, decorated with hanging baskets, original signage and luggage trolleys.  The...

Places to Go in the UK: Girvan

Girvan, on the southwest coast of Scotland, is not the first destination of choice when considering a rail trip to the coast.  It takes longer to get to from the northeast than London and is on the indirect route to Stranraer via Kilmarnock. It can be reached along...

Places to Go in the UK: Kendal

Kendal   The Auld Grey Town of Kendal is the third largest in Cumbria, behind Carlisle and Barrow in Furness The town lies in the valley or of the River Kent, from which it derives its name, and has a a total resident population of 28,586, making it the third...