Eurostar – Going for a Song between America and the Alpine Ski Slopes – Reports a Good Olympics.

Published 29th October 2012

London - Eurostar’s £700million fleet investment programme on track as fleet refurbishment starts

Eurostar, the UK’s only international passenger carrying company has released their latest results which cover the Olympic period. As official international rail services provider to the London 2012, they looked forward to a boost in numbers which grew by 4% over the same period in 2011, during the Olympics and Paralympics. During the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games (27 July to 12 August and 29 August to 9 September 2012) passenger numbers were up year-on-year from 768,000 in 2011 to 799,000 in 2012.

Overall passenger numbers reached 7.4m in the first nine months of the year, a slight increase over 2011. Despite the Olympic increase, leisure and business travellers travelling to London in July was lower than last year. Sales revenue was reduced by 5% in the third quarter affected by this and the adverse change in the Sterling-Euro exchange rate falling from £197 million to £188 million. The currency rates cost around 4% in revenue.

Update on the new Eurostar 320 trains

Two years ago, Eurostar ordered ten new 320kph trains and a refurbishment of the existing fleet costing a total of £700 million and the project will be completed by 2015.

Production of the new trains began last year is progressing well and the first of Eurostar’s existing fleet is now being refurbished. The current Eurostar train was introduced in 1994 carrying 750 passengers and operating at speeds of up to 300kph. Since then, the fleet of 28 trains has carried more than 115 million passengers between London and the Continent. Following their refurbishment these trains will continue to form a core part of the Eurostar fleet.

They said:

Nicolas Petrovic, Eurostar Chief Executive said: “The redesign and upgrading of our fleet marks the next phase of our business. With customers increasingly opting for rail over plane for short-haul journeys across Europe, we want to provide an unrivalled travel experience between the UK and the continent and to encourage more passengers to choose high speed rail as their preferred option.”

New Partnership links London with the Ski Slopes

Eurostar is offering a new weekly service between London and some of Switzerland’s most popular ski resorts in conjunction with the new international high-speed train service, “TGV Lyria”. The new service offers winter sports lovers fast connections from St Pancras International and Ashford International to the heart of the Swiss Alps and the Valais region serving Verbier, Zermatt, Saas Fee and Gstaad from December 22 until April 13 next year.

There is a cross-platform change at Lille Europe on to the high-speed “TGV Lyria” service taking passengers to Aigle, Martigny, Visp and Brig stations for quick onward transfers to their ski resorts Eurostar and TGV Lyria allow ski passengers to carry on-board an extra item of luggage in addition to the normal luggage allowance - such as a pair of skis or a snowboard - at no extra cost.


Outbound – Saturdays Inbound - Saturdays

Dep St Pancras 06:57 Dep Brig 12:51

Dep Ashford 07:28 Dep Visp 13:02

Arr Lille 09:26 Dep Martigny 13:41

Dep Lille 10:02 Dep Aigle 14:01

Arr Aigle 15:47 Arr Lille 18:55

Arr Martigny 16:13 Dep Lille 20:30 (Passport checks will be carried out at Lille)

Arr Visp 16:57 Arr Ashford 20:35

Arr Brig 17:08 Arr St Pancras 21:06

Direct Train from London to the Alps

Eurostar will also run a direct ski services to the French Alps from London to Moûtiers, Aime-La-Plagne* and Bourg St Maurice from December 22 (day services) and December 21 (night services) until 13 April 2013.

Unique Eurostar song links California, Nashville, Hampshire and Lincolnshire!

Five years ago, when Eurostar launched its first daily services from the rebuilt St Pancras International station to Brussels, Heritage Railway editor Robin Jones was invited on the press trip.

He took along California poet and rock lyricist Stevie Kalinich, a mutual friend of legendary Beach Boys genius Brian Wilson, as his guest for the trip. Stevie was later treated to a fully-fledged trip on the Mid-Hants Railway by Heritage Railway reader Roy Gudge, and was so inspired by his experience of British rail travel both modern and yesteryear that he wrote the lyrics for a song, Train to Train.

Inspired song

Originally title Through the Windows of a Train, it was first published in Heritage Railway issue 116 in 2008, and has now been recorded in Nashville by guitarist Jon Tiven, who formed a group Yo Ma Ma to record a double CD album with Stevie as lyricist.

The album, Shortcuts To Infinity/Symptomology, was produced by Mark Linett, best known for his work in recent times with Brian Wilson and the new smash hit Beach Boys 50th anniversary album, That’s Why God Made The Radio.

Among the guest star guitarists listed on the Tiven album is none other than Queen’s Brian May. Stevie’s career took off in the Sixties when he wrote lyrics for several Beach Boys songs, notably on the 1968 album Friends. He has since worked with all three Wilson brothers, Brian, Carl and Dennis, and also many other top artists like Paul McCartney.

He was introduced to Jon Tiven by songwriter P.F. Sloan, whose career egan with an early Sixties surf band, the Fantastic Baggys, and the three of them visited India together in 2006. Robin designs and edits the European fan magazine Beach Boys Stomp in his spare time. St Pancras International subsequently won the winning the Heritage Railway Association’s Peter Manisty Award for Excellence.

They said:

The album was released on September 12, and Stevie emailed Robin to say: “You and Roy helped pen up more of England and Belgium to me than anyone and I hope you will do more if I come again.”

Robin said: “I have admired Stevie’s work since I was at college as a teenager in the Seventies.

If we have in any small way helped inspire a song like this I am flattered beyond belief.”

The album, released by MsMusic Productions, is now available to buy on Amazon. You can hear the song at

Lyrics for a Lyria Service?

Train to train like jealous lovers in the rain

A plane is nothing but a train that flies...

And you may gain speed but you miss all the beauty through your eyes

Train to train like jealous lovers in the rain

Trains were made for everyone even though in olden days mostly elites...

Through the windows of a train you can feel my heart beat...

Train to train like jealous lovers in the rain

They bow and kiss and greet the darkened sky blue

Soon dissolve leave remnants of their tears nestled in the morning dew

Of crimson greens and golden hue

In everything they everyone they die...ten are born anew...

Until the seeds burst...

Can anyone or anything ever fill the thirst

But love?..

Can anyone taste grace train to train like jealous lovers in the rain

Silhouettes of maple leaves shine on a velvet green lawn

Moving over me the never ending hand of grace the Subtle touch of dawn

Dark clouds foreboding in the sky trickles of rain I feel a chill

A chill, and the wetness on the window sill

My layers of clothes grey green red gold

Warm my skin but my ears are still cold...

The wave of joy that sweeps me into bliss

The beauty of the landscape beckons me

Yearns to be acknowledged and kissed

Train to train like jealous lovers in the rain

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