Carys Thomas and her shih tzu cross rescue Rupee

Rupee’s ready to help nervous train travellers take their first rail journey

Visitors to Yatton station took time out time to paws with a furry friend who is one of the stars of a new book designed for anyone nervous about travelling by train.

Rupee the dog was the star attraction at the launch of Rupee & Sushi Travel By Train, the perfect companion for those making their first journey by rail.

Written by Carys Thomas, a safety audit manager at Great Western Railway, the book centres on her real-life shih tzu cross rescues Rupee, four, and Sushi, eight.

Readers are given a couple of alternative scenarios and invited to choose their own journey as they navigate their first trip, including planning ahead, purchasing tickets, boarding and then leaving the train ahead of a day out at the beach.

Carys said:

“I’ve always enjoyed writing and poetry and was inspired to write the book after attending one of the ‘Try a Train’ sessions GWR puts on to give people more confidence travelling on the railway.

“Rupee is already well known across the network as an accessibility volunteer and she’s really good around people who are nervous. She’s a bit of a distraction and loves to be made a fuss of.”

The book is illustrated by Donna Nicholson and supported by Severnside Community Rail Partnership and Conwy Valley and North Wales Coast Community Rail Partnership.

It was funded by train operators GWR, Transport for Wales and Avanti West Coast, and passenger assistance technology specialists Transreport.

To place an order or make an enquiry, community rail partners and train operators should contact Aaron Jackson at Cosmos Solutions on or call 0800 755 5086.

When ordering books, the original sponsors’ logos will remain on the back with the book information, but purchasers have the option to send their logo to the printer, who will include it opposite the inside cover with the text ‘‘Reprint of this book sponsored by…’’

Contact Information

John Carter

Media and Communications Manager

Great Western Railway

0845 410 4444

Notes to editors

First Greater Western Limited, trading as “Great Western Railway” (GWR), operates trains across the Great Western franchise area, which includes South Wales, the West Country, the Cotswolds, across southern England and into London. GWR provides high speed, commuter, regional and branch line train services, and before the covid-19 pandemic helped over 100 million passengers reach their destinations every year. GWR has been awarded a National Rail Contract to continue operating the Great Western network, which shall run up to 21 June 2025, with the potential for a further three years at the Secretary of State’s discretion. Find out more here: