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Links to other websites which maybe of interest to L&CI Members:

Journey Planners

National Rail

National Rail Enquiries for mainland UK train enquiries.  Run by National Rail Enquiries (Association of Train Operating Companies.  Includes details of engineering work and live train information

Travel Line

Public transport information (bus, rail, foot) for the Great Britain (does not include Northern Ireland).  Much improved interface - no longer need to specify an area first.

TfL Plan a Journey

The Transport for London journey planner - bus, underground, tram, DLR, rail  and foot in London

Translink Journey Planner

The journey planner for rail and bus in Northern Ireland

Transport for Ireland Journey Planner

Provides journey planning, timetable and travel information from all licensed public transport providers across Ireland.

DB Bahn Journey Planner

Provides a rail journey planner for most of Europe (except Ireland) as well as local buses in Germany. Also allows purchase of tickets, include print at home tickets,  for journeys in Germany and to/from Germany.  In English.  Note does not always take into account UK engineering works (so double check on National Rail, especially for weekend travel).  In English

Swiss Online Timetable

Swiss Journey Planner.  SBB’s (Swiss Federal Railways) superb journey planner for all public transport in Switzerland.  Also allows purchase of tickets including print at home tickets.  In English.

Real-time Train Running Information

Realtime trains

Provides live real time running information for the full Great British railway network.  Also provides train running numbers (headcodes), passing times, public and working timetable times.

Open Train Times

As well as train running information also provides real time maps of the Network Rail’s network showing trains stepping between signal berths as well as live signal aspects where S Class data is available.  If you click on a train on the map provides public, working timetable and actual times for that train. Recommended.

Swiss Railway Network

Swiss real time train running information - displayed on a map of Switzerland.  Showing speed, direction and timetable information for each train.

Traintimes - Tube

Showing London Underground live train positions and their estimated arrival time at the next station

Other Timetable Information

Working Tiimetables

Network Rail’s working timetables,showing  all movements on the rail network including freight trains, empty trains and those coming in and out of depots including passing times.

Passenger Train Services over Unusual Lines

Listing regular passenger trains over obscure rail routes in the British Isles

Barry Doe

Barry Doe’s website listing all bus and rail operators in the UK as well as directory of bus timetables and a map of the routes served by  National Rail Passenger Operators.  Note that you have to click list of sponsors and then scroll down to get to the information.

UK Rail Industry Websites

Network Rail

Authority responsible for the United Kingdom's railway network. Information and news about the network.

RIDC Melton and Tuxford

The website of Network Rail's Rail Innovation and Development Centres (RIDC) at Melton and Tuxford

Rail Standards & Safety Board

Responsible for the production of Railway Group Standards, including the Rule Book and numerous research studies.  For the rule book - type “rule book” into the search box.

Office of  Rail and Road

The Office of Rail & Road (ORR) is a statutory board which is the combined economic and safety regulatory authority for Great Britain's railway network.  Reports on Network Rail Performance

Rail Accident Investigation Branch

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) is the independent railway accident investigation organisation for the UK.  Accident investigation  reports are available to view on the website.

Rail Delivery Group

The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) represents all  National Rail passenger and freight operators, as well as Network Rail and HS2.

Rail Staff Travel

The Rail Staff Travel section of the RDG website, which includes information on how to use rail staff travel facilities for active and retired employees of the rail industry.


Railcards - cheap train tickets

A handy guide from National Rail with 18 tips on how to save money on National Rail tickets, including use of a variety of railcards which typically save 34% on tickets over a year.

Split tain times

This website works out if splitting train tickers reduces the overall cost of a journey.  Some quite substantial savings are shown for some journeys, but make sure you check the conditions of each ticket carefully.  NB To use split ticketing, accept when using a season or rover icket, the train must be timetabled to stop at the station where you ‘transfer’ from one ticket to the next.

Other Items of Interest

Railway Codes

A website listing assorted railway codes such as ELRs and mileages, TIPLOC and STANOX codes, and much more.

Branch Line Society

A UK-based voluntary association for railway enthusiasts, particularly those interested in travelling over unusual lines.  A number of rail tours have been jointly organised by the Locomotive & Carriage Institution and the Branch Line Society in recent years.

London Underground Railway Society

For those interested in all aspects of London's underground railways - past, present and future, including the Post Office Railway, the Docklands Light Railway.  Members are welcome to attend L&CI lectures and visa-versa

Cornwall  Railway Society

As well as a number of pictures of BLS / L&CI railtours operating in the south west over the last few years a very comprehensive record of the past and current railway in Cornwall and Devon is on their website.

The Tubeprune

An unofficial web site for professional railway people working for London Underground and for those interested in the London Underground railway system.  

How to become a train driver

A guide to how to be come a train driver, including an overview of the job and entry requirements