Great Western Railway

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    Enjoy scenic views on Great Western Railway,
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    Comfortable seating, spacious views, what's not to love?
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    Enjoy a variety of refreshments in the modern-day bar car.

The train line that unites the Great Britain

Great Western Railway operates high-speed, commuter, regional and branch line train services covering London, South Wales, the West of England, Devon and Cornwall. In the process, they serve almost 80 million travelers each year with a concentration on traveler comfort and continuous improvement.

In fact, the entire high-speed train fleet has been refreshed with new environmentally friendly engines, new seating, better lighting and on-board facilities. You’ll find these trains put to good use on the longer distances of the mainline routes. The London and Thames Valley services are similarly being renovated, while making sure the charm of the rail stays perfectly in tact. And speaking of charm, Great Western even has single cars (“153s”) that operate along its shortest distances in the west of England. Plus, there’s a plethora of scenic routes for you to explore. For example, the Regatta line runs along the picturesque River Thames through the Chilterns countryside. The St. Ives Bay line was opened in 1877 and offers some of the most spectacular coastal views in England.

It’s true that you can never make a wrong turn on the train. But with the magnificent choices of the Great Western Railway, it still won’t be easy deciding where to look first.

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