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LIST: UK TRAIN COMPANIES

These are passenger train operators in the UK
Arriva Trains Wales Rail network throughout Wales with connections into Manchester, Birmingham and Gloucester.
C2C Local railway company operating services to 26 stations in East London and Essex.
Chiltern Railways Passenger rail services along the M40 corridor between London Marylebone, Birmingham Snow Hill and on to Kidderminster with an extension out to Stratford-upon-Avon. Also London Marylebone to Aylesbury via Amersham along the London Underground Metropolitan line.
East Coast Services from London to the North-East & Scotland - Leeds, York, Newcastle, Glasgow.
East Midlands Trains Pound sign East Midlands Trains run trains to London and stations throughout the East Midlands, including Leicester, Derby, Sheffield, Nottingham and Lincoln.
First Capital Connect Since 1st April 2006, a new company has been operating the Thameslink and Great Northern rail franchises. First Capital Connect operates trains between London, Brighton, Bedford, Peterborough, Cambridge and King's Lynn.
First Great Western High speed train services between London and the South-West, plus commuter, regional and branch line train services across the former Wessex Trains and First Great Western Link.
First Hull Trains Trains between King's Cross in London and Hull.
First TransPennine Express Network from Manchester into Cumbria, across the Pennines to Leeds, York and Newcastle, Hull, Scunthorpe, Doncaster, Grimsby, and other towns in the region. Also Manchester Airport and local Manchester services.
Gatwick Express Pound sign Gatwick airport shuttle from London Victoria. For the time being Gatwick Express is a dedicated direct service departing every 15mins, but its days as a proper airport shuttle are numbered after the Strategic Rail Authority's ludicrous decision open it up to commuter traffic stopping at Clapham Junction.
Greater Anglia Operates the East Anglia to London routes from Norwich, Ipswitch, Colchester, Cambridge, Great Yarmouth, Cromer, Clacton, Southend, etc.
Grand Central Grand Central has been awarded a franchise to operate passenger services between Sunderland and London, stopping at Hartlepool, Eaglescliffe, Northallerton and Thirsk.
Heathrow Connect Airport service operating every 30 mins from Paddington to Heathrow, but unlike Heathrow Express, stopping at a number of local stations on the way.
Heathrow Express Dedicated airport shuttle service from Paddington Station to Heathrow every 15 mins.
Island Line Train operator on the Isle of Wight. A Stagecoach/SouthWest Trains brand.
Merseyrail Local rail network in and around Liverpool & Birkenhead.
Northern Rail Extensive network throughout the north from Carlisle to Crewe, Sunderland to Lincoln.
Scotrail Mainline and local services throughout Scotland.
SouthEastern Local trains from london into the South-East (Kent).
Southern Regional network from London to the south coast from the Thames round to Portsmouth.
South West Trains Regional network stretching from Waterloo through the south west to the coast from Brighton to Plymouth.
Stansted Express Airport shuttle service to Stansted from Liverpool St. Station (via Tottenham Hale and either Bishops Stortford or Harlow), departing at 15 min intervals.
Translink NI Railways Regional rail network, NI Railways is now part of transport group, Translink.
Virgin Trains Pound sign Nationwide mainline network stretching from Aberdeen to Penzance.

Notes

  • Docklands Light Railway, which operates overground services in East london as a bolt-on to the tube network, is also included in the official list of rail operators in the UK - as is London Underground and Eurostar.
  • The remaining UK train operating companies on the official list are freight operators - EWS and Freightliner.
  • Royal ScotsmanUK rail company operating the glamorous sister train to the Orient Express, only better. Lots of Edwardian wood panelling and plush furnishings, plus an observation car at the back with a balcony. Royal Scotsman operates all-inclusive itineraries around Scotland, with excursions during the day and stopping at night so guests (max 36) can sleep undisturbed in their classic en-suite cabins. (I've done it. It's very luxurious! Ed)

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