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Santa leaves sleigh behind to go by train

Leaving the reindeer aside Father Christmas will climb on board two Sunday special Great Western Railway trains operating between Plymouth and Totnes, providing local children with the chance to share their Christmas wish list and offering a special Christmas gift to each.

Great Western Railway names train after last survivor of the trenches, Harry Patch

As part of the centenary commemoration of the First World War, Great Western Railway has named a Class 43 locomotive 'Harry Patch – The last survivor of the trenches', the longest surviving soldier of the Great War.

Going to Cardiff this weekend?

Travel early and be prepared to queue is the advice from Great Western Railway today, as Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium once again plays host to international Rugby World Cup games this weekend.

Special High Speed Train tour for cancer charity

Great Western Railway is to provide a special, one-off charter train from London to Buckfastleigh and Heathfield to help treat people suffering from prostate cancer.

First Great Western Becomes Great Western Railway as Part of Historic Re-brand

20th September 2015: Today, railway company First Great Western will be re-named Great Western Railway (GWR) as it marks the biggest investment in the railways since Brunel. The re-brand is centred on the company’s commitment to putting its people and customers first.

New fleet of trains to bring better journeys to the South West

Government gives go-ahead to £360 million state-of-the-art train fleet running between London and Cornwall.

“All aboard?” Bristol currency now accepted at Bristol Temple Meads station

The Bristol Pound, the UK’s first city-wide local currency is to be accepted by First Great Western for the first time at our Bristol Temple Meads station.

First Great Western looks forward to hearing from the RMT

First Great Western looks forward to hearing from the RMT, having made a revised offer about the introduction of Super Express Trains during talks on Tuesday aimed at resolving the dispute.

Rail strike: RMT planned industrial action

Services expected to be significantly affected from Thursday 09 July to start of service on Saturday 11 July.

Great Western electrification announcement

"We're pleased to note that the Transport Secretary called electrification of the Great Western Mainline a top priority, and that Network Rail should concentrate its efforts on getting this crucial upgrade right."

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