Free Book Giveaway!

The winners of our free book giveaway have now been announced!

The Winners

Congratulations to our randomly selected winners:

Sophie Harris:

My favourite train journey is the 6 miles by steam engine from Norden to Swanage. It really makes me feel like I've stepped back in time, real time stops and I lose myself in a daydream of adventures. Such a relaxing and enjoyable journey.

Graham Morgan:

The journey from Crewe is the most enjoyable I know. There is a variety of scenery ranging from the flat Cheshire plains to the rolling hills of Shropshire and the mountain ranges in South Wales!

Paul Griffin:

Flamsbana, Norway, expensive but stunning, hugging the mountains down from a snow covered plateau into the Fjords.

George Thomas:

The Far North Line from Inverness to Wick and Thurso is my favourite.

Grace Bushby:

Best train journey..aberystwyth to shrewsbury... Raw Welsh beauty all year round.. no two journeys are ever the same.

We will be sending you each a copy of 'Tales from Fast Trains – Europe at 186 MPH’ by Tom Chesshyre.

Thank you all for your entries, and watch this space for more competitions!

About the Book

Tired of airport security queues, delays and all those extra taxes and charges, Tom Chesshyre embarks on a series of high-speed adventures across the Continent on its fast trains instead.

From shiny London St Pancras, Tom travels to places that wouldn’t feature on a standard holiday wish-list, and discovers the hidden delights of mysterious Luxembourg, super-trendy Rotterdam, much-maligned Frankfurt and lovely lakeside Lausanne, via a pop concert in Lille. It’s 186mph all the way – well, apart from a power cut in the Channel Tunnel on the way to Antwerp.

Is our idea of ‘Europe’ changing as its destinations become easier to reach? And what fun can you have at the ends of the lines? Jump on board and find out!’

Terms and Conditions

  • Entries must be received via or Twitter using the hashtag #weloverail.
  • There are 5 books to giveaway.
  • All new story submissions will automatically be entered into the prize draw.
  • This prize draw will include all stories submitted between 9am on the 28.06.11 and 12pm on 28.07.11, prizes will be distributed within 3 weeks of the closing date.
  • Only one entry per person will be counted.
  • Anyone found to use multiple Twitter accounts to enter will be ineligible, and in breach of Twitter's regulations.
  • Employees of and related companies are excluded from this promotion.
  • reserves the right to verify the eligibility of entrants.
  • The prize is a book, titled ‘Tales from the Fast Trains’.
  • The winner will be drawn at random and contacted by phone, email or in writing within 2 weeks of the closing date. The prize must be accepted within 3 days of the date of notification. In the event of non acceptance within the specified period the prize awarded will be re-allocated to the next randomly drawn valid entry.
  • Prizes are not transferable. No cash or credit alternative prizes are offered. reserves the right to provide substitute prizes of similar value should the specified prizes become unavailable for reasons beyond its control.
  • The judge's decision is final. Any correspondence will only be entered into at the discretion of the promoter.
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  • No responsibility can be accepted for entries lost via Internet malfunction.
  • This promotion is governed by English law.
  • The giveaway is open to people over the age of 18 in the UK only.
  • This competition is promoted by Summersdale Publishers Ltd, 46 West Street, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1RP.
  • No purchase necessary.

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North Norfolk Line

Posted on Wednesday 29th June 2011 | 9:23 PM

North Norfolk Line – 10 mile round trip between Sheringham and Holt – charming, picturesque - it takes me back to a slower world - ideal when on holiday.

David Owen

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Posted on Tuesday 5th July 2011 | 5:56 PM

It's not a 'real' train so may not be in the spirit of the competition, but as a child in the 50's and 60's I used to love going on the Saltburn Miniature Railway from Cat Nab station on the beach, up the valley to the Italian Gardens, where my father would usually buy me an ice cream. It may only have taken 15 minutes, but it took me to another world!

John Habgood

My favourite Train Journey...

Posted on Wednesday 6th July 2011 | 11:35 PM

My favourite train journey is the 6 miles by steam engine from Norden to Swanage. It really makes me feel like I've stepped back in time, real time stops and I lose myself in a daydream of adventures. Such a relaxing and enjoyable journey.

Sophie Harris

London to Cornwall

Posted on Monday 11th July 2011 | 5:30 PM

The sheer beauty of passing alongside the redrocks and travelling directly on the coastline will stay in my mind for many years to come.

Jennifer Campbell

Tales from Fast Trains - Europe at 186mph

Posted on Tuesday 19th July 2011 | 12:04 PM

Our favourite train journey is from Peterborough to Edinburgh and particularly on the north east northumberland coast. As you sit and see the see so close you could almost touch it and the lovely quaint promenade and beach at Spittal and the wonderful entrance to Berwick upon Tweed you feel very majestic as you thunder through the countryside. It is a powerful feeling indeed to be transported so swiftly through the intoxicating countryside which is Northumberland and its a priviege truly to be able to see the edge of the land and the mightiness of the sea almost within touching distance.

Jacqui Sclanders

My favourite rail journey.

Posted on Tuesday 19th July 2011 | 12:51 PM

My favourite rail journey isn't even a National Rail journey. My favourite journey is on the DLR from Lewisham to Bank. The journey goes through some of the best urban sites in the whole of London going through Canary Wharf, with a view of the O2 and through Greenwich. Then on approach to bank you see the mighty City of London before going through one of the steepest hills I have ever seen a train take and then you hurtle through a tunnel at high speeds before stopping at the massive interchange station of Bank. Best of all the DLR is completely driverless so it is the best journey and you have a complete panoramic view with the ability to see out of the front windows!

Jordan O'Brien

My favourite train journey

Posted on Tuesday 19th July 2011 | 1:32 PM

East Coast to the North East of England. The scenery is amazing.

Heather Elliott

New Holland to Barton-on-Humber

Posted on Wednesday 20th July 2011 | 2:11 PM

A genuine old-fashioned country branch line, in North Lincolnshire. Single track with lots of joints between the rails, so you get the "clickety-click" noise. Views of the River Humber to the north and fields to the south.

Kevin Withers

Leeds - Settle - Carlisle

Posted on Wednesday 20th July 2011 | 10:38 PM

Beauty, History, Well kept stations, Looking down on houses and villages as if in an aeroplane, Great cities at either end - and regular sight, sound and smell of steam trains! Martin Marker

Martin Barker

Worth Valley Railway

Posted on Thursday 21st July 2011 | 2:51 PM

The 'Railway Children' route from Keighley to Oxenhope, taking in Howarth en route, truly is a step back in time. The stations and their staff are 'of the age' in appearance and, of course, the steam locomotives complete the picture and the ambience of the Yorkshire Moors in the days of the Bronte family. vic gibbons

Vic Gibbons

Welsh Marches Line

Posted on Thursday 21st July 2011 | 4:09 PM

The journey from Crewe is the most enjoyable I know. There is a variety of scenery ranging from the flat Cheshire plains to the rolling hills of Shropshire and the mountain ranges in South Wales!


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Posted on Saturday 23rd July 2011 | 11:52 PM

My favourite rail journey is from my (quite boring!)hometown of Redditch in Worcestershire to Aberystwyth in Wales,where I went to university.:) Not only is there amazing scenery and countryside,but I am always happy when I travel to Aberystwyth,as I have many fond memories of my time at university there.:) Sara Bellisio

Sara Bellisio

Rail Competition

Posted on Wednesday 27th July 2011 | 1:01 PM

I hadn't been on a train journey for years. But recently I travelled from Norwich to Darlington using East Coast trains. The last bit up to Darlington is so lovely. You go from the flat to hills again - you get to miss proper hills over in the East. The ride was smooth, and i was very impressed with the cost too.

Katherine Aitken

Hunsruck Mountain railway

Posted on Thursday 28th July 2011 | 11:10 AM

Holiday was chosen with railway in mind. We flew to Frankfurt, bussed Emmelshausen and caught the spectacular Hunsruck Mountain railway to our hotel on the Rhine in Boppard. The railway runs to the back of the town and never fails to make us happy.

Susan Busley

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