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New 10 carriage Intercity Express Train visits Cornwall for the first time

Passengers to benefit from new trains, providing more seats, more services and reduced journey times Great Western Railway’s first Intercity Express Train has made its maiden voyage to Cornwall this morning, as part of a very special test journey from London Paddington to Penzance.

Glastonbury Festival 2017 weather: Remember your sun cream

GWR to provide 50 extra trains for Glastonbury, and it’s set to be a scorcher as people wait to board connecting shuttle bus services With the hot weather set to continue for the first half of the week as Glastonbury Festival 2017 goers make their way to the festival site, GWR is reminding passengers to travel light, to remember sun cream, and a bottle of water.

HM The Queen names new Intercity Express Train “Queen Elizabeth II” to mark 175th anniversary of the first British monarch to travel by train

Her Majesty The Queen has marked the 175th anniversary of the first rail journey made by a monarch, recreating the original journey made by Queen Victoria, before naming a new Intercity Express Train “Queen Elizabeth II” at Paddington Station today. On 13 June 1842, Queen Victoria made the journey from Slough to Paddington and became the first British monarch to travel by train. The train that day was driven by Daniel Gooch and assisted by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

All aboard The Grecians’ Express

Great Western Railway will be running a special one off train – ‘The Grecians’ Express’, for Exeter City fans travelling to Wembley for the League 2 Play-Off Final on Sunday 28 May. This train is in addition to Great Western Railway’s normal train service from Exeter St Davids to London Paddington and means there will be three direct trains to the capital, which will give fans plenty of time to get to the stadium before the 3pm kick off.

Summer Sunday Plymouth to Gunnislake train starts this Sunday

Great Western Railway (GWR) will be introducing a new, later Sunday train for the Summer on the Plymouth to Gunnislake Tamar Valley Line on Sunday 21 May. The train will leave Plymouth at 2001, arriving at Gunnislake at 2047. The return service will leave Gunnislake at 2050 and arrive at Plymouth at 2135.

Later and more trains for Maritime Line users coming soon

Great Western Railway (GWR) will introduce an improved timetable on the Truro to Falmouth Maritime Line from Sunday 21 May. On Mondays to Fridays, the last train on the line will run more than half an hour later. The train will depart Truro station at 22 44 instead of the current 22 08 and Falmouth Docks at 23 11 instead of the current 22 35.

Take the train to the Tillingbourne Valley this Summer and discover the fascinating history

The Surrey Hills and Great Western Railway (GWR) have teamed launch a series of specially created walks to help encourage people to find out more about their local history.

GWR steps in to rescue stranded coach passengers as M4 closure set to cause chaos

With the closure of the M4 motorway set to cause chaos for the next two weekends, train operator Great Western Railway (GWR) has stepped in to rescue National Express bus passengers, with an offer of free, fast, train transport.

GWR awards almost £50,000 to aid those with learning disabilities in Cornwall

Great Western Railway (GWR) has recently announced the award of a grant of £49,357 to the charity which operates the forthcoming annual ROC 5K fun run in Truro. The grant, awarded by GWR’s Customer and Communities Improvement Fund (CCIF), will fund two new job coaches who will work with the increasing number of local people with learning disabilities who want a paid job.

Tickets now on sale as iconic London depot opens its doors to the public in celebration of 111 years of engineering excellence

Tickets for the OOC111: Legends of the Great Western are now on sale, but you had better be quick, as they are expected to sell out quickly.

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