List of named passenger trains of the United Kingdom

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This article contains a list of named passenger trains in the United Kingdom. These are specific regular journeys identified by a special name in the timetable, not to be confused with the names of engines or individual physical train rakes. One-off charter or sporadic special trains are not included.

Train Name Railway Train Endpoints Operated
21st Century Limited Grand Central London King's CrossSunderland (one way only) 2010
Aberdonian[1][2][3] BR
Serco
AberdeenLondon King's Cross
(sleeper service - later Night Aberdonian)[4]
1927 – ?2012
Jan 2016 – March 2016
Aberdonian BR AberdeenLondon King's Cross
(daytime High Speed Train service)
 ?1977 – 1994
Admiraal de Ruijter BR / NS London Liverpool StreetHarwich Parkeston Quay – ferry – Hoek van Holland HavenAmsterdam Centraal 1987 – 1989
Antwerp Continental (boat train) LNER London Liverpool StreetHarwich Parkeston QuayHarwich Town[5]  ? – 1954
Atlantic Coast Express[6][7][8][9] SR / BR London WaterlooPlymouth, Ilfracombe, Sidmouth, Exmouth, Bude, Padstow, Torrington 1926 –
1948 – 1964
Atlantic Coast Express GWR London PaddingtonNewquay 2008 – present
Belfast Boat Express (boat train)[10] BR Manchester VictoriaHeysham and Morecambe  ? – 1960 – 1975
Benjamin Britten[11] BR / NS London Liverpool StreetHarwich Parkeston Quay– ferry – Hoek van Holland HavenAmsterdam Centraal 1987 – 1989[12]
Birmingham Pullman[13][14] BR London PaddingtonWolverhampton Low Level 1960–1966
Bon Accord BR AberdeenGlasgow Buchanan Street 1948-1968
Bournemouth Belle (Pullman train)[13] SR / BR London WaterlooBournemouth Central/Bournemouth West 1931 – 1967
Brighton Belle (Pullman train)[13] SR / BR London VictoriaBrighton 1934 – 1972
Brighton Limited (Pullman train) LBSCR London VictoriaBrighton 1887 – 1908
Brighton Pullman Limited (Pullman train)[15] LBSCR London VictoriaBrighton 1898 – 1908
Bristol Pullman (Pullman train)[13][14] BR London PaddingtonBristol Temple Meads 1960–1973
Bristolian[16] GWR (original) / BR / GWR London PaddingtonBristol Temple Meads non-stop[17] 1935 – present
Broadsman[18][19] GER / BR London Liverpool StreetCromer and Sheringham 1947 – 1962
Caledonian[10] BR Glasgow CentralLondon Euston 1957 – 1964
Caledonian Sleeper (night train) Caledonian Sleeper London EustonEdinburgh Waverley
London EustonAberdeen
London EustonFort William
London EustonGlasgow Central
London EustonInverness
2004 – present
Cambrian Coast Express[20] GWR (original) / BR London Paddington (later London Euston) – Aberystwyth
London PaddingtonPwllheli
1927 – 1991
Capitals Limited[8] BR London Kings CrossAberdeen
(non-stop London Kings Cross to Edinburgh Waverley)
1949 – 1952 (succeeded by Elizabethan)
Capitals United Express[21] BR London PaddingtonCardiff Central
London PaddingtonFishguard Harbour
1956 – 1963
Capitals United GWR London PaddingtonSwansea 2010 – Present
Carmarthen Bay Express GWR London PaddingtonTenby 1920s
Cathedrals Express[22] GWR (original) / BR / GWR London PaddingtonOxfordHereford 1957 – present
Cheltenham Spa Express
(also known as The Cheltenham Flyer)[23]
GWR (original) / BR / GWR London PaddingtonCheltenham Spa 1923 – present
Clansman[4] BR InvernessLondon Euston via Birmingham New Street
Comet[8][24][25] BR London EustonManchester London Road 1951 – 1962
Cornish Riviera Express[7][8] GWR (original) / BR / GWR London PaddingtonPenzance 1904 – present
Cornish Scot BR / Virgin Glasgow CentralPenzance 1985 – 2002
Cornishman GWR (original) London PaddingtonPenzance 1890 – 1904
1935 – 1936
Cornishman[26] BR (Bradford) – Wolverhampton Low LevelPenzance and Kingswear 1951 – 1975
Coronation LNER London King's CrossEdinburgh Waverley 1937 – 1939
Coronation Scot LMS Glasgow CentralLondon Euston 1937 – 1939
Cotswolds and Malvern Express GWR (original) / BR / Wessex Trains Bristol Temple MeadsGreat Malvern May 1884 – May 1997 [27]
Day Continental (boat train) LNER / BR London Liverpool StreetHarwich Parkeston Quay 1946[28] - 1987 (Succeeded by Benjamin Britten)[12]
Devon Belle[8] (Pullman train) SR / BR London WaterlooIlfracombe
London WaterlooPlymouth
1947 – 1954
Devon Scot BR / Virgin AberdeenCarlislePlymouth 1988 – 2002
Devonian[24][29] LMS / BR Bradford Forster SquareSheffield MidlandBristol Temple Meads (Winter) – Paignton (Summer) 1927 – 1960 – 2002
Dorset Scot BR / Virgin PooleNewcastle CentralEdinburgh Waverley 1990 – 2002
East Anglian LNER / BR / Anglia / One Anglia / National Express East Anglia / Abellio Greater Anglia London Liverpool StreetNorwich 1937–present
The Easterling[19] BR London Liverpool StreetLowestoft and Yarmouth South Town 1950 – 1958
Eastern Belle LNER London Liverpool StreetClacton-on-Sea 1929–1939
Elizabethan[2][3][8] (summer only) BR London King's CrossEdinburgh Waverley (non-stop)[30] 1953 – 1964
Emerald Isle Express[31] BR London EustonLlandudno and Holyhead 1954 - 1960 - 1975, 1993 - 1997
Enterprise GNR(I) / UTA+CIÉ / NIR+ Belfast Central (Belfast Great Victoria Street until 1976) & Dublin Connolly 1947–Present
Essex Coast Express[32] BR London Liverpool StreetClacton 1958 - 1968[33]
Fair Maid[2] BR London King's CrossPerth 1957-1958 (succeeded by Morning Talisman)
Fenman BR[34] London Liverpool StreetHunstanton
after 1969 to King's Lynn
1949 – 1968
Fife Coast Express[34]
(Ran as Fifeshire Coast Express 1912 – 1939)[35]
NBR / LNER / BR St AndrewsGlasgow Queen Street 1948 – 1959
Flying Dutchman GWR (original)+BER London PaddingtonExeter St Davids 1849 – 1892
Flying Scotsman[2][3][7] GNR+NER+NBR / LNER / BR / GNER /
Virgin Trains East Coast
London King's CrossEdinburgh Waverley
From May 2011: Edinburgh to London, one way only[36]
1862 – present[37]
Golden Arrow[6][7][8][13] (boat train) SR / BR London VictoriaDover Priory or Folkestone Harbour 1929 – 1972
Golden Hind GWR London PaddingtonPenzance present
Granite City[7][8]  ? / BR AberdeenGlasgow Buchanan Street 1933 – 1939, 1948 –
Harrogate Sunday Pullman[13][19] BR London King's CrossHarrogate and Bradford Exchange 1950s to late 1960s
Heart of Midlothian[2][3] BR London King's CrossEdinburgh Waverley 1951 – 1968
Highland Chieftain GNER /
Virgin Trains East Coast
InvernessLondon King's Cross 1984–present[38]
The Highlandman LNER Fort William Perth InvernessLondon King's Cross  ????–1930–????[39]
Hook Continental (boat train) LNER / BR London Liverpool StreetHarwich Parkeston Quay 1927–1939, 1945–1987 (Succeeded by Admiraal de Ruijter)[12]
Hull Executive BR / GNER
Virgin Trains East Coast
HullLondon King's Cross 1978–present
Inter-City[20] BR London PaddingtonWolverhampton Low Level 1950–1965
Irish Mail[7] (boat train) LNWR / LMS / BR / Virgin London EustonHolyhead 1849 – 1985, 1990s - 2002
Irishman[7][8] (boat train) BR Glasgow St EnochStranraer 1951 ?
Kentish Belle (Pullman train)
formerly the Thanet Belle
BR London – to Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate 1951-58
Lakes Express LMS / BR London Euston – Windermere, Keswick, Workington
Lancastrian[24][25] LMS / BR Manchester London RoadLondon Euston 1928 – 1939, 1957 - 1962
Liverpool Pullman BR Liverpool Lime Street – London Euston and v.v. 1966 – 1974
Loreley (boat train)[11] BR Blackpool NorthManchester PiccadillyNottinghamHarwich Parkeston Quay 1988 – 1992
Man of Kent[8][40] BR London Charing CrossDover, Deal, Sandwich and Margate 1953 – 1961
Manchester Pullman BR / Virgin Manchester Piccadilly – London Euston and v.v. 1966 – 1990s
Mancunian[24][41] LMS / BR Manchester London RoadLondon Euston 1927 - 1966
Master Cutler[8] LNER / BR / MML / EMT Sheffield VictoriaLondon Marylebone
after 1958 to London King's Cross, later to St Pancras[13]
after privatisation from Leeds to London St Pancras via Sheffield.
From 2008 no longer from Leeds starting again at Sheffield.
1947 – present
Mayflower[42] BR / GWR Kingswear and PlymouthLondon Paddington 1957 – present
Merchant Venturer[7][8] BR / GWR London PaddingtonBristol Temple Meads and Weston-super-Mare 1951 – present
Merchant Venturer BR / GWR London PaddingtonPenzance via Bristol Temple Meads 2008 - 2015
Merseyside Express[8] BR London EustonLiverpool Lime Street 1951 – 1966
Midland Pullman[13][14] BR Manchester CentralLondon St Pancras
with midday infill
London St PancrasNottingham
1960–1966
Mid-Day Scot[10] LMS / BR Glasgow CentralLondon Euston 1927 – 1965
Midlands Express BR / MML SheffieldLondon St Pancras 1999 – 2008
Night Ferry SR / BR London VictoriaParis Nord)
later also to Brussels (Midi/Zuid)
after 1948 also second-class coaches as far as Dover Western Docks
1936 – 1980
Night Riviera GWR London PaddingtonPenzance 19th Century – present
Night Scotsman[2][3] LNER / BR
Serco
London Kings CrossEdinburgh Waverley (sleeper train) 1930s to transfer of all Scottish sleepers to Euston
Jan 2016 to Mar 2016
Norfolk Coast Express GER / BR London Liverpool StreetCromer 1907 – 1914
The Norfolkman BR SheringhamLondon Liverpool Street 1947 – 1962, 1993 – 2000
Norseman BR London Kings Cross – Newcastle Tyne Commission Quay
(to connect with Bergen Line or Fred Olsen Line shipping services to Norway).
1947 – 1966
North Briton[7][8] BR Glasgow Queen StreetLeeds City 1952 – 1968, 1972 – 1975
Northern Irishman (sleeper train)[43] BR London EustonStranraer Harbour 1952 – 1966
Northern Lights GNER / NXEC / VTEC AberdeenLondon King's Cross present
The Northumbrian[3][18] BR London Kings CrossNewcastle Central 1949 – 1964
The Olympic Javelin Southeastern High Speed London St PancrasAshford International 2012 – present
Palatine LMS / BR Manchester CentralLondon St Pancras 1938 – 1964
Peaks Express LMS Manchester CentralLondon St Pancras 1938–1939
Pembroke Coast Express[8] BR / GWR London PaddingtonPembroke Dock 1953 – present
Pines Express[44] SR and LMS / BR Manchester London Road (or Manchester Mayfield), Liverpool and Sheffield MidlandBournemouth West and Poole 1927 – 1967, revived in the 1980s/90s
Pullman Limited Express (Pullman train)[45] LBSCR London VictoriaBrighton (via Horsham route) 1881 – 1887
Queen of Scots (Pullman train)[2][3][7][8][19] LNER / BR Glasgow Queen StreetLondon King's Cross
via Harrogate and Leeds Central
1927 – 1939
1948 – 1978
The Red Dragon[8][46] BR / GWR London PaddingtonCarmarthen 1950 – present
Robin Hood BR / MML / EMT NottinghamLondon St Pancras 1958 – present
Royal Duchy[47] BR / GWR London PaddingtonPenzance and Kingswear 1957 – present
Royal Highlander (sleeper train)[48] BR London EustonInverness 1927 – 1996
Royal Scot[7][8] LNWR / LMS /BR / Virgin Glasgow CentralLondon Euston 1862 – 1939
1948 – 2003
Royal Wessex[49] SR / BR London WaterlooBournemouth Central, Weymouth and Swanage 1951 – 1967
Saint David GWR (original) / BR / GWR London PaddingtonSwansea present
St Mungo[8] BR AberdeenGlasgow Buchanan Street 1948-
Scarborough Flyer[7][19] BR London King's CrossScarborough 1927 – 1963
Sheffield Continental EMT SheffieldLondon St Pancras (one way only) 2008–present
Silver Jubilee[50] LNER/BR London King's CrossNewcastle Central/ Edinburgh Waverley (1977) 1935 – 1939 & 1977
South Wales Pullman[13][14] BR London PaddingtonSwansea 1960–1966
South Yorkshireman[8] BR Bradford ExchangeSheffield VictoriaLondon Marylebone 1948–1960
South Yorkshireman EMT SheffieldLondon St Pancras 2008 – present
Southern Belle (Pullman train) LBSCR / SR London VictoriaBrighton 1908 – 1934
Sunny South Express LNWR+LBSCR / LMSR+SR Liverpool Lime StreetBrighton 1905 – 1939
Sussex Scot BR / Virgin BrightonGlasgow Central
BrightonEdinburgh Waverley
1988 – 2002
Talisman[2][3] BR London King's CrossEdinburgh Waverley 1956 – 1991
The Tees Thames[18] BR London Kings CrossMiddlesbroughSaltburn 1959 – 1961
Tees-Tyne Pullman[8][13][18] BR London King's Cross – Newcastle Central 1948 – 2004
Thames-Clyde Express LMS / BR Glasgow CentralCarlisle CitadelLeeds CityLondon St Pancras
before 1966 from Glasgow St Enoch
1927 – 1975
Thames Forth Express
(also known as Waverley)
LMS / BR Edinburgh WaverleyCarlisle CitadelLeeds CityLondon St Pancras 1927 – 1968
Thanet Belle[8] (Pullman train)
later the Kentish Belle
BR London – to Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate 1948-51
Torbay Express[8] GWR (original) / BR / GWR London PaddingtonPaignton 1923 – present
The Tynesider[3][18] BR London Kings CrossNewcastle Central (sleeper train) 1950 – 1968
Ulster Express[51] BR London EustonMorecambe and Heysham 1927 – 1975
Venice-Simplon Orient Express Orient Express London VictoriaParis EstVenice Santa Lucia 1982 – present
Virgin Invader Virgin London EustonLiverpool Lime Street 2002 – ? (not 2010)
Welsh Dragon/Draig Gymreig Virgin London EustonHolyhead 2004 – ? (not 2010)
Welshman London PaddingtonLlandudno
London PaddingtonPorthmadog Harbour
London PaddingtonPwllheli
The Wessex Scot BR / Virgin PooleGlasgow Central 1984 – 2002
Weymouth Wizard GWR Bristol Temple MeadsWeymouth 2014 – present
White Rose[13] BR Bradford ExchangeLeeds CityLondon St Pancras 1949 – 1967
William Shakespeare[52] BR London PaddingtonStratford-upon-Avon 1951
Y Gerallt Gymro / Premier Service[53] ATW HolyheadCardiff Central 2011 – present
Yorkshire Pullman[13][19] BR London King's CrossHull, Bradford Forster Square and Harrogate 1935 – 1978
Yorkshire Pullman[54] BR London King's CrossLeeds 1995 – 2004
Zephyr Grand Central SunderlandLondon King's Cross (one way only) 2010

The National Railway Museum has a wall where the headboards of a number of named trains are displayed. These include: ANGLO-SCOTTISH CAR CARRIER, BRISTOLIAN*, BROADSMAN*, CALEDONIAN*, CAMBRIAN RADIO CRUISE, CAPITALS LIMITED*+, CAPITALS UNITED EXPRESS, CHELTENHAM FLYER, COMET*, CONDOR (a named freight train, derived from CONtainer DOoR-to-Door), CORNISH RIVIERA EXPRESS, CORNISHMAN*, CTAC SCOTTISH TOURS EXPRESS+, CUNARD SPECIAL+, DAY CONTINENTAL*, DEVONIAN*, EAST ANGLIAN*, EMERALD ISLE EXPRESS, EMPRESS VOYAGER+, FAIR MAID*+, FENMAN*, HARROGATE SUNDAY PULLMAN*, HEART OF MIDLOTHIAN*, INTER-CITY*, IRISH MAIL*, LAKES EXPRESS*, LANCASTRIAN*, MANXMAN*+, MASTER CUTLER*, MAYFLOWER*, MERSEYSIDE EXPRESS*+, MID-DAY SCOT*+, MIDLANDER*, NIGHT SCOTSMAN*, NORFOLKMAN*, NORSEMAN*, NORTH BRITON*, NORTH YORKSHIREMAN*, NORTHERN IRISHMAN*+, NORTHUMBRIAN*+, PALATINE*, PEMBROKE COAST EXPRESS+, QUEEN OF SCOTS*, RED DRAGON*, RED ROSE*, ROBIN HOOD*+, ROYAL DUCHY*, ROYAL HIGHLANDER*+, SCARBOROUGH FLIER, SCARBOROUGH FLYER*, SHAMROCK*+, SOUTH WALES PULLMAN*, TEES-THAMES*, THAMES-CLYDE EXPRESS*, TORBAY EXPRESS, ULSTER EXPRESS, WELSH CHIEFTAIN*, WELSHMAN*, WEST RIDING*, where * indicates that the name is prefixed by the definite article and + indicates that more than one version is on display.

See also railwaybritain.co.uk for a description of a number of Boat Trains, some of which are included in the lists above.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ LNER Passenger Services Timetable 7 October 1946 to 4 May 1947
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Allen, C J. British Express Trains No 5 - Anglo-Scottish Services and Scottish Region; Ian Allan (1960)
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i British Railways (N E Region) leaflet BR 35109/1 Named Trains on the East Coast Main Line
  4. ^ a b British Rail Passenger Timetable 17 May 1982 to 15 May 1983
  5. ^ Allen, Cecil J. (1947);Titled Trains of Great Britain ; London, Ian Allan Ltd. ; Page 67
  6. ^ a b Allen, Cecil J. (1960). ABC of British Express Trains No 2 - Southern Region. Ian Allan. OCLC 226176356. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Cited as an example of one of the 'more than 50 named trains' run by British Railways in the 1952 edition of Facts and Figures about British Railways published by the British Transport Commission for railway employees
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w Bonavia, Michael R. (1979). The birth of British Rail. London: Allen & Unwin. OCLC 59803166. 
  9. ^ Bradshaw's January 1960, p. 468.
  10. ^ a b c Bradshaw's January 1960, p. 590.
  11. ^ a b Semmens, P.W.B. (October 1988). "Blackpool for the Continent". Railway Magazine. London. p. 638. 
  12. ^ a b c Cowley, Ian (1987). Anglia East - The Transformation of a Railway. Newton Abbot: David and Charles. p. 64. ISBN 0-7153-8978-5. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Advertised as a Pullman Train in November 1965 issue of the ABC Railway Guide
  14. ^ a b c d One of the Blue Pullman trains
  15. ^ Smail, H.C.P. (1955). "By Pullman to Brighton". Sussex County Magazine. Eastbourne. 29. 
  16. ^ Allen, Cecil J. (1960). ABC of British Express Trains No 1 - Western Region. Ian Allan. 
  17. ^ Bradshaw's January 1960, p. 24.
  18. ^ a b c d e Allen,C J. British Express Trains No 4 - Eastern, N E Regions; Ian Allan (1959)
  19. ^ a b c d e f British Railways Eastern Region Passenger Timetable 11 June to 16 September 1956
  20. ^ a b Bradshaw's January 1960, p. 201.
  21. ^ Bradshaw's January 1960, p. 141.
  22. ^ Bradshaw's January 1960, p. 227.
  23. ^ Bradshaw's January 1960, p. 159.
  24. ^ a b c d Allen, Cecil J. (1960). ABC of British Express Trains No No 3 - London Midland Region. Ian Allan. OCLC 226176429. 
  25. ^ a b Bradshaw's January 1960, p. 631.
  26. ^ Bradshaw's January 1960, p. 207.
  27. ^ "The titled Trains of Britain - Part One". Railway Magazine. November 2011. 
  28. ^ Haws, Duncan (1993). Merchant Fleets - Britain's Railway Steamers Eastern and North Western Companies + Zeeland and Stena. Hereford: TCL Publications. p. 204. ISBN 0-946378-22-3. 
  29. ^ Bradshaw's January 1960, pp. 110, 700.
  30. ^ Advertised as non-stop in summer 1962 but stopped for crew change at Newcastle after introduction of Deltic traction
  31. ^ Bradshaw's January 1960, p. 618.
  32. ^ Railway Magazine July 1958 p. 443
  33. ^ List of BR named trains
  34. ^ a b Bonavia, Michael Robert (1981). British Rail - the first 25 Years. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. ISBN 978-0-7153-8002-4. 
  35. ^ Lee, Charles E. (August 1958). "Named British Express trains". Railway Magazine. London. pp. 530–535. 
  36. ^ Miles, Tony (July 2011). "East Coast reports successful start". Modern Railways. London. p. 14. 
  37. ^ National Rail Timetable 23 May 2010 - December 2010, Table 26 (PDF). Network Rail. p. 4. 
  38. ^ National Rail Timetable 23 May 2010 - December 2010, Table 26 (PDF). Network Rail. p. 5. 
  39. ^ Nottingham Evening Post - Friday 8 August 1930
  40. ^ Bradshaw's January 1960, p. 291.
  41. ^ Bradshaw's January 1960, p. 629.
  42. ^ Bradshaw's January 1960, p. 31.
  43. ^ Bradshaw's January 1960, p. 572.
  44. ^ Bradshaw's January 1960, p. 492.
  45. ^ Smail, H.C.P. (1955). "By Pullman to Brighton". Sussex County Magazine. Eastbourne. 29. 
  46. ^ Bradshaw's January 1960, p. 32.
  47. ^ Bradshaw's January 1960, p. 69.
  48. ^ Bradshaw's January 1960, p. 574.
  49. ^ Bradshaw's January 1960, p. 440.
  50. ^ http://napier-chronicles.co.uk/silver_jubilee.htm
  51. ^ Bradshaw's January 1960, p. 571.
  52. ^ Allen, Cecil J (1974). Titled Trains of the Western. Shepperton: Ian Allan Ltd. pp. 22–23. ISBN 07110 0513 3. 
  53. ^ http://www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk/PremierService/
  54. ^ "Operations News: InterCity East Coast". Railway Magazine. London. March 1995. p. 69. 

Works cited[edit]

  • "Bradshaw's British Railways Official Guide No. 1507". London: Henry Blacklock. 4 January 1960. 
  • "The Titled Trains of Britain - Part 1: 'The Aberdonian' to 'The Norseman'". Railway Magazine. Horncastle, Lincs: Mortons Media: 14–46. November 2011. ISSN 0033-8923.