List of Named Passenger Trains of The United Kingdom

This article contains a list of named passenger trains in the United Kingdom. These are specific regular journeys identified by a special name in the timetable, not to be confused with the names of engines or individual physical train rakes. One-off charter or sporadic special trains are not included. Note: All Pullmans are named trains, but by no means all named trains are Pullmans.

Train Name Railway Train Endpoints Operated
21st Century Limited Grand Central London King's Cross – Sunderland (one way only) 2010
Aberdonian BR Aberdeen – London King's Cross
(sleeper service - later Night Aberdonian)
1927 – ?1976
Aberdonian BR Aberdeen – London King's Cross
(daytime High Speed Train service)
?1977 – ? (not 2010)
Antwerp Continental (boat train) LNER London Liverpool Street – Harwich Parkeston Quay – Harwich Town ? – 1939
Atlantic Coast Express SR / BR London Waterloo – Plymouth, Ilfracombe, Sidmouth, Exmouth, Bude, Padstow, Torrington 1926 –
1948 – 1964
Atlantic Coast Express FGW London Paddington – Newquay 2008 – present
Belfast Boat Express (boat train) BR Manchester Victoria – Heysham and Morecambe ? – 1960 – ?
Benjamin Britten (boat train) BR London Liverpool Street – Harwich Parkeston Quay 1987 - ?
Birmingham Pullman BR London Paddington – Wolverhampton Low Level 1960–1966
Bon Accord– BR Aberdeen – Glasgow Buchanan Street 1948-
Bournemouth Belle (Pullman train) SR / BR London Waterloo – Bournemouth Central/Bournemouth West 1931 – 1967
Brighton Belle (Pullman train) SR / BR London Victoria – Brighton 1934 – 1972
Brighton Limited (Pullman train) LBSCR London Victoria – Brighton 1898 – 1908
Brighton Pullman Limited (Pullman train) LBSCR London Victoria – Brighton 1887 – 1898
Bristol Pullman (Pullman train) BR London Paddington – Bristol Temple Meads 1960–1966
Bristolian GWR / BR / FGW London Paddington – Bristol Temple Meads non-stop 1935 – present
Broadsman GER / BR London Liverpool Street – Cromer and Sheringham 1947 – 1962
Caledonian BR Glasgow Central – London Euston 1950s, 1960s
Caledonian Sleeper (night train) First ScotRail London Euston – Edinburgh Waverley
London Euston – Aberdeen
London Euston – Fort William
London Euston – Glasgow Central
London Euston – Inverness
2004 – present
Cambrian Coast Express GWR / BR London Paddington (later London Euston) – Aberystwyth
London Paddington – Pwllheli
1927 – 1991
Capitals Limited BR London Kings Cross – Aberdeen
(non-stop London Kings Cross to Edinburgh Waverley)
1949 – 1952 (succeeded by Elizabethan)
Capitals United Express BR London Paddington – Cardiff Central
London Paddington – Fishguard Harbour
1956 – 1963
Carmarthen Bay Express GWR London Paddington – Tenby 1920s
Cathedrals Express GWR / BR / FGW London Paddington – Oxford – Hereford 1957 – present
Cheltenham Spa Express
(aka. the "Cheltenham Flyer")
GWR / BR / FGW London Paddington – Cheltenham Spa 1923 – present
Clansman BR Inverness – London Euston via Birmingham New Street
Comet BR London Euston – Manchester London Road 1951 – 1960 – ?
Cornish Riviera Express GWR / BR / FGW London Paddington – Penzance 1904 – present
Cornish Scot BR / Virgin Glasgow Central – Penzance ? (not 2010)
Cornishman GWR London Paddington – Penzance 1890 – 1904
1935 – 1936
Cornishman BR (Bradford) – Wolverhampton Low Level – Penzance and Kingswear 1951 – 1975
Coronation LNER London King's Cross – Edinburgh Waverley 1937 – 1939
Coronation Scot LMS Glasgow Central – London Euston 1937 – 1939
Cotswolds and Malvern Express GWR / BR / Wessex Trains Bristol Temple Meads – Great Malvern May 1984 – May 1997
Day Continental (boat train) LNER / BR London Liverpool Street – Harwich Parkeston Quay 1946 - 1987
Devon Belle (Pullman train) SR / BR London Waterloo – Ilfracombe
London Waterloo – Plymouth
1947 – 1954
Devon Scot BR / Virgin Aberdeen – Carlisle – Plymouth ? (not 2010)
Devonian LMS / BR Bradford Forster Square – Sheffield Midland – Bristol Temple Meads (Winter) – Paignton (Summer) 1927 – 1960 – ? (not 2010)
Dorset Scot BR / Virgin Poole – Newcastle Central – Edinburgh Waverley ? (not 2010)
East Anglian LNER / BR / Anglia / ONE Anglia / NXEA / Greater Anglia London Liverpool Street – Norwich 1937 - present
The Easterling BR London Liverpool Street – Lowestoft and Yarmouth South Town 1950s
Eastern Belle LNER London Liverpool Street – Clacton-on-Sea 1929–1939
Elizabethan (summer only) BR London King's Cross – Edinburgh Waverley (non-stop) 1953 – 1962?
Emerald Isle Express BR London Euston – Llandudno and Holyhead ? - 1960 - ?
Fair Maid BR London King's Cross – Perth 1957-1958 (succeeded by Morning Talisman)
Fenman BR London Liverpool Street – Hunstanton
after 1969 to King's Lynn
1949 –
Fife Coast Express
(Ran as Fifeshire Coast Express 1912 – 1939)
NBR / LNER / BR St Andrews – Glasgow Queen Street 1948 –
Flying Dutchman GWR+BER London Paddington – Exeter St Davids 1849 – 1892
Flying Scotsman GNR+NER+NBR / LNER / BR / GNER /
East Coast
London King's Cross – Edinburgh Waverley
From May 2011: Edinburgh to London, one way only
1862 – present
Golden Arrow (boat train) SR / BR London Victoria – Dover Priory or Folkestone Harbour 1929 – 1972
Golden Hind FGW London Paddington – Penzance present
Granite City ? / BR Aberdeen – Glasgow Buchanan Street 1933 – 1939, 1948 –
Harrogate Sunday Pullman BR London King's Cross – Harrogate and Bradford Exchange 1950s to late 1960s
Heart of Midlothian BR London King's Cross – Edinburgh Waverley
Highland Chieftain GNER Inverness – London King's Cross 2000s - present
The Highlandman LNER Fort William Perth Inverness – London King's Cross ???? - 1930 - ????
Hook Continental (boat train) LNER / BR London Liverpool Street – Harwich Parkeston Quay 1927 - 1939, 1945 - 1987 (Succeeded by 'Admiral de Ruyter')
Hull Executive BR / GNER Hull – London King's Cross 1978 – present
Inter-City BR London Paddington – Wolverhampton Low Level 1950–1967
Irish Mail (boat train) LNWR / LMS / BR / Virgin London Euston – Holyhead 1849 – ? (not 2010)
Irishman (boat train) BR Glasgow St Enoch – Stranraer 1951 ?
Kentish Belle (Pullman train)
formerly the "Thanet Belle"
BR London – to Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate 1951-58
Lancastrian LMS / BR Manchester London Road – London Euston 1928 – 1930s - 1960 - ?
Liverpool Pullman BR Liverpool Lime Street – London Euston and v.v. 1966 –
Loreley (boat train) BR Blackpool North – Manchester Piccadilly – Nottingham – Harwich Parkeston Quay 1988 –
Man of Kent BR London Charing Cross – Dover, Deal, Sandwich and Margate 1953 – 1960 – ?
Manchester Pullman BR / Virgin Manchester Piccadilly – London Euston and v.v. 1966 – 1990s
Mancunian LMS / BR Manchester London Road – London Euston 1930s - 1960 - ?
Master Cutler LNER / BR / MML / EMT Sheffield Victoria – London Marylebone
after 1958 to London King's Cross, later to St Pancras
after privatisation from Leeds to London St Pancras via Sheffield.
From 2008 no longer from Leeds starting again at Sheffield.
1947 – present
Mayflower BR / FGW Kingswear and Plymouth – London Paddington 1957 – present
Merchant Venturer BR London Paddington – Bristol Temple Meads and Weston-super-Mare 1951 –
Merchant Venturer BR / FGW London Paddington – Penzance via Bristol Temple Meads present
Merseyside Express BR London Euston – Liverpool Lime Street 1951 –
Midland Pullman BR Manchester Central – London St Pancras
with midday infill
London St Pancras – Nottingham
1960–1966
Mid-Day Scot LMS / BR Glasgow Central – London Euston 1930s, 1950s, 1960s
Midlands Express BR / MML Sheffield – London St Pancras 2008
Night Ferry SR / BR London Victoria – Paris Nord)
later also to Brussels (Midi/Zuid)
after 1948 also 2nd-class coaches as far as Dover Western Docks
1936 – 1980
Night Riviera FGW London Paddington – Penzance 19th Century – present
Night Scotsman LNER / BR London Kings Cross – Edinburgh Waverley (sleeper train) 1930s to transfer of all Scottish sleepers to Euston
Norfolk Coast Express GER / BR London Liverpool Street – Cromer 1907 – unknown
Norfolkman BR Sheringham – London Liverpool Street 1947 –
Norseman BR London Kings Cross – Newcastle Tyne Commission Quay
(to connect with Bergen Line or Fred Olsen Line shipping services to Norway).
1947 –
North Briton BR Glasgow Queen Street – Leeds City 1952 –
Northern Irishman (sleeper train) BR London Euston – Stranraer Harbour ? – 1960 – ?
Northern Lights GNER / NXEC Aberdeen – London King's Cross present
The Northumbrian BR London Kings Cross – Newcastle Central 1950s – 1960s
Palatine LMS / BR Manchester Central – London St Pancras 1938 – 1964
Peaks Express LMS Manchester Central – London St Pancras 1938–1939
Pembroke Coast Express BR / FGW London Paddington – Pembroke Dock 1953 – present
Pines Express SR and LMS / BR Manchester London Road (or Manchester Mayfield), Liverpool and Sheffield Midland – Bournemouth West and Poole 1927 – 1967, revived in the 1980s/90s
Pullman Limited Express (Pullman train) LBSCR London Victoria – Brighton (via Horsham route) 1881 – 1887
Queen of Scots (Pullman train) LNER / BR Glasgow Queen Street – London King's Cross
via Harrogate and Leeds Central
1927 – 1939
1948 – 1978
Red Dragon BR / FGW London Paddington – Carmarthen 1950 – present
Robin Hood BR / MML / EMT Nottingham – London St Pancras 1958 – present
Royal Duchy BR / FGW London Paddington – Penzance and Kingswear 1957 – present
Royal Highlander (sleeper train) BR London Euston – Inverness ? – 1960 – ?
Royal Scot LNWR / LMS /BR / Virgin Glasgow Central – London Euston 1862 – 1939
1948 – 2003
Royal Wessex SR / BR London Waterloo – Bournemouth Central, Weymouth and Swanage 1951 – 1960 – ?
Saint David GWR / BR / FGW London Paddington – Swansea present
St Mungo BR Aberdeen – Glasgow Buchanan Street 1948-
Scarborough Flyer BR London King's Cross – Scarborough 1950s – early 1960s
Sheffield Continental EMT Sheffield – London St Pancras (one way only) 2008–present
Silver Jubilee LNER London King's Cross – Newcastle Central 1935 – 1939
South Wales Pullman BR London Paddington – Swansea 1960–1966
South Yorkshireman BR Bradford Exchange – Sheffield Victoria – London Marylebone 1948–1960
South Yorkshireman EMT Sheffield – London St Pancras 2008 – present
Southern Belle (Pullman train) LBSCR / SR London Victoria – Brighton 1908 – 1934
Sunny South Express LNWR+LBSCR / LMSR+SR Liverpool Lime Street – Brighton 1905 – 193?
Sussex Scot BR / Virgin Brighton – Glasgow Central
Brighton – Edinburgh Waverley
1988 – 2002
Talisman BR London King's Cross – Edinburgh Waverley 1956 – ?
The Tees Thames BR London Kings Cross – Middlesbrough – Saltburn 1950s – 1960s
Tees-Tyne Pullman BR London King's Cross – Newcastle Central 1948 – ?
Thames-Clyde Express LMS / BR Glasgow Central – Carlisle Citadel –Leeds City – London St Pancras
before 1966 from Glasgow St Enoch
1927 – 1976
Thames Forth Express
(aka. Waverley)
LMS / BR Edinburgh Waverley – Carlisle Citadel –Leeds City – London St Pancras 1927 – 1968
Thanet Belle (Pullman train)
later the "Kentish Belle"
BR London – to Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate 1948-51
Torbay Express GWR / BR / FGW London Paddington – Paignton 1923 – present
The Tynesider BR London Kings Cross – Newcastle Central (sleeper train) 1950s – 1960s
Ulster Express BR London Euston – Morecambe and Heysham 1950s – 1960 – ?
Venice-Simplon Orient Express Orient Express London Victoria – Paris Est – Venice Santa Lucia 1982 – present
Virgin Invader Virgin London Euston – Liverpool Lime Street 2002 – ? (not 2010)
Welsh Dragon/Draig Gymreig Virgin London Euston – Holyhead 2004 – ? (not 2010)
Welshman London Paddington – Llandudno
London Paddington – Porthmadog Harbour
London Paddington – Pwllheli
The Wessex Scot BR / Virgin Poole – Glasgow Central ? (not 2010)
White Rose BR Bradford Exchange – Leeds City – London St Pancras 1949 –
Yorkshire Pullman BR London King's Cross – Hull, Bradford Forster Square and Harrogate ? 1950s;
Yorkshire Pullman BR London King's Cross – Leeds ? – 1995 –
Zephyr Grand Central Sunderland – London King's Cross (one way only) 2010

The National Railway Museum has a wall where the headboards of a number of named trains are displayed. These include: ANGLO-SCOTTISH CAR CARRIER, BRISTOLIAN*, BROADSMAN*, CALEDONIAN*, CAMBRIAN RADIO CRUISE, CAPITALS LIMITED*+, CAPITALS UNITED EXPRESS, CHELTENHAM FLYER, COMET*, CONDOR (a named freight train, derived from CONtainer DOoR-to-Door), CORNISH RIVIERA EXPRESS, CORNISHMAN*, CTAC SCOTTISH TOURS EXPRESS+, CUNARD SPECIAL+, DAY CONTINENTAL*, DEVONIAN*, EAST ANGLIAN*, EMERALD ISLE EXPRESS, EMPRESS VOYAGER+, FAIR MAID*+, FENMAN*, HARROGATE SUNDAY PULLMAN*, HEART OF MIDLOTHIAN*, INTER-CITY*, IRISH MAIL*, LAKES EXPRESS*, LANCASTRIAN*, MANXMAN*+, MASTER CUTLER*, MAYFLOWER*, MERSEYSIDE EXPRESS*+, MID-DAY SCOT*+, MIDLANDER*, NIGHT SCOTSMAN*, NORFOLKMAN*, NORSEMAN*, NORTH BRITON*, NORTH YORKSHIREMAN*, NORTHERN IRISHMAN*+, NORTHUMBRIAN*+, PALATINE*, PEMBROKE COAST EXPRESS+, QUEEN OF SCOTS*, RED DRAGON*, RED ROSE*, ROBIN HOOD*+, ROYAL DUCHY*, ROYAL HIGHLANDER*+, SCARBOROUGH FLIER, SCARBOROUGH FLYER*, SHAMROCK*+, SOUTH WALES PULLMAN*, TEES-THAMES*, THAMES-CLYDE EXPRESS*, TORBAY EXPRESS, ULSTER EXPRESS, WELSH CHIEFTAIN*, WELSHMAN*, WEST RIDING*, where * indicates that the name is prefixed by the definite article and + indicates that more than one version is on display.

See also railwaybritain.co.uk for a description of a number of Boat Trains, some of which are included in the lists above.

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