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Now There's a Train for Staycations

Now There's a Train for Staycations
English countryside is breathtakingly beautiful, Photo Credit: Shutterstock
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View the English countryside from luxury coaches

Soham Deb
August 07 , 2020
02 Min Read

The pandemic (and lockdowns) have resulted in several changes in the way we live. For instance, many people don't have to attend office every day any more. Many people are working from home right now. But some are choosing a change of pace, and working from homestays.

Staycations are all the rage right now. But have you heard of a staycation on a train? 

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The UK just introduced the Staycation Express. Operating from Settle and Skipton to Appleby, these trains are all-first-class refurbished traditional Inter City coaches operated by Rail Charter Services Ltd. The reclining seats beside large windows give breathtaking views of the countryside of Yorkshire and Cumbria.

As the train passes important places of interest, travellers will be guided by an onboard guide who gives quirky commentary. The journey through Blea Moor tunnel connecting North Yorkshire and Cumbria is memorable with views  of the Three Peaks of Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent. The train also goes past Dent, the highest mainline railway station in UK, the Ais Gill summit, and the Upper Eden valley.

The coaches are furnished with air conditioning, large tables and individual power points with a guaranteed window seat for each traveller. The protocols of social distancing are followed inside the coaches by separation through Perspex screens, and by allowing only two visitors in one bay. A one-way system has been adopted for alighting and boarding.  

Guests are even allowed to bring (well-trained) dogs as long as they do not disturb other passengers. Each train can accommodate 12 bicycles for those wanting to go cycling in the countryside. Catering services are available onboard.

The world of travel is changing in the wake of the pandemic, and companies in the travel industry are coming up with novel ideas. For instance, an airplane in Taiwan takes you on a three-hour flight to nowhere. Some airlines are offering flight meals delivered to doorsteps (and people are actually loving them). Paris is hosting movies on the Seine, drive-in style. Let's see what else the future throws up.


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