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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Rail travel through Reading reaches new heights

Watch drone shot video footage of the first ever service to pass over the new Reading Viaduct, a feat of engineering which marks another key milestone towards completion of the station’s redevelopment.
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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.
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“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.
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Ponies create iconic 60m sand drawing to launch GWR Polo on the Beach

Polo ponies have made their mark across two miles of Cornish coastline to celebrate the return of GWR Polo on the Beach festival.
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First trains arrive at Newcourt Station

Newcourt Station has opened to the public today, Thursday 4 June.
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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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Travelling to South Wales late this evening? Check before you travel

First Great Western is warning customers that journey times into South Wales may be extended by up to 45 minutes as Network Rail carries out emergency engineering work around Cardiff.