My Favourite Railway Journeys Introduction

Discovering Great Britain By Rail

My name is Phill James and I am going to be re-discovering some of my favourite railway journeys that I once enjoyed before the pandemic. I will be using York station as my base simply because York is my home city and also my closest railway station.

In the fifteen episodes in series one, I’m going to explore Yorkshire and the North by rail including some scenic seaside resorts, vibrant towns and cities as well as some exciting and breath taking beauty spots across northern England. So fetch your lidded coffee cups and BLT’s and come and join me!

Calling Points on My Favourite Railway Journeys Series One


Hull Line

In my first episode, I will be exploring the York to Hull line calling at the former mining town of Selby, the Humber Bridge and of course the city of Kingston upon Hull.

Scarborough Line

I will then be discovering the Yorkshire Coast with a sojourn upon the York to Scarborough line calling at the food capital of Malton as well as Seamer.

Bridlington Line

Heading onwards, I will be venturing further to fabulous Filey, Bird capital Bempton and brilliant Bridlington in episode 3.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

I will then be taking a break from the conventional railway and board the world famous North Yorkshire Moors Railway, the UK’s largest heritage railway.

Cleveland Coast

I will also be finding my way to scenic Saltburn by the Sea calling at Redcar, and the beach, along the way.

The conventional railway to Whitby sojourns the stunning Esk Valley line calling at Grosmont along the way.

Harrogate Line

I will then be stretching my horizons to historic Harrogate and the scenic market town of Knaresborough and the Nidd Gorge.

Settle to Carlisle

One of the world famous routes is the scenic Settle to Carlisle line and I’ll be exploring what there is to see in Carlisle.

East Coast Mainline

I will also be engaging on the great north run as it were, calling at vibrant Newcastle, dynamic Durham and deepest Darlington.

Trans Pennine

I will then be negotiating the pennines calling at happy Huddersfield and Manchester Piccadilly.

South Yorkshire

Heading to South Yorkshire, I will be visiting the appealing calling points of Sheffield, Rotherham and doing a tad of train spotting in Doncaster.

Leeds and Wakefield

I will then explore the York to Leeds line with a short detour to both Wakefield Westgate and Kirkgate stations. Still in West Yorkshire, I will be exploring Bradford and then rediscovering one of my favourite places, Bingley Five Rise Locks and Shipley.

Calder Valley

I will also be calling in on an old friend, the historic town of Halifax and heading just a tad further to the scenic town of Hebden Bridge, trouser town.

James Herriot Country

In my last episode for the series, I will be going all James Herriot at Thirsk and then heading ten minutes further north to Northallerton.


So without further a do, let’s hit the rails!