New YouTube channel allows people from around world to travel Scotland’s most beautiful rail lines


A new National Rail ‘TV channel’ has been launched on YouTube – giving viewers footage of one of Scotland’s most stunning train rides – from the comfort of their home.

The move follows the success of Netflix’s ‘fireplace’ footage where viewers can tune into to give off the warm vibe of a real fireplace.

The new channel ‘Great British Journeys’ features high definition window footage from some of Britain’s most beautiful journeys including the West Highland Line, which has been made famous by the Harry Potter films.

Considered by many to be the most scenic rail journey in the world – the footage allows viewers to sit back and relax.

The films are set on a nine-hour continuous loop with background music.

National Rail plans on releasing new footage every week for six weeks for viewers to tune into.

The unique show will release with footage from Britain’s best journeys including scenes from the Highlands to Norfolk.

Jacqueline Starr, Chief Executive Officer of the Rail Delivery Group, said it is ”stunning high-definition footage – the most comprehensive and high quality ever shot on Britain’s railway”.

She added it ”gives a unique driver’s eye view of the nation’s most scenic rail routes.”

“We want these rarely seen views of stunning Great British journeys, shot direct from the driver’s cab, to inspire people to get back on track and enjoy the best of Britain” she said.

“Rail delivers more than a journey – as well as helping you relax and unwind, it connects you to the people and places you love, and is one of the greenest ways to explore the most beautiful sights that Britain has to offer.”

The move is part of the rail industry’s new ‘get back on track’ push to drive up train usage after pandemic disruptions.

Leisure travel by train is now close to pre-pandemic levels at 95% of pre-pandemic numbers.

The ‘Great British Journeys’ footage is available on National Rail’s YouTube channel

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