Train Chartering Launches Consultancy For Organisers And Travel Trade For Complex Group Rail Travel

Train Chartering has launched GroupTrain, offering a full service consultancy to individuals, companies and travel agents for complex group rail travel arrangements. GroupTrain focusses the benefits of the company's experience on the project and guest management of group train travel.

The planning and booking of group rail travel is complicated for a number of reasons such as multi-day trips, when more than one train operating company is involved, or if there are en route train changes. The physical management of larger groups across a rail network also requires specialised advice, for example if more than one means of transport is required, like coach transfers.

Examples of group travel operations have included the arrangement of travel for the staff of Barclays Bank from around Britain using a charter train, group rail travel and coaches in connection with a community service project at the British Museum.

Train Chartering operated group travel requiring consultancy for the Girl Guides, which had a number of smaller groups travelling across train operating company 'boundaries'. Train Chartering managed more than 3,000 passengers between stations in the UK and Paris for the 200 Rugby World Cup. This operation involved charter trains, the hire of half Eurostar trains, limousines, coaches and of course comprehensive ground handling.

A further instance was for over 150 trainees of a major consultancy, who went to the Aviemore Resort in Scotland in private carriages in a scheduled train service, supplied with bespoke catering.

Simon Pielow of Private Rail Cars says: "GroupTrain is the distillation of our experience in group rail travel. Trains are often the best way to move a large number of people, but success relies on expert advice and planning."

Train Chartering has many years' experience in the project and guest management of group rail travel at all levels and of every size.

About Train Chartering

Train Chartering hires out trains and carriages for many purposes, from association travel, film locations, to corporate hospitality, incentive travel, VIP travel and train journeys in the UK, Europe, USA and worldwide. Operating for over 13 years, we work with very small groups (such as luxury train travel) as well as transporting over 1000 in a day to large events such as conferences.


Simon Pielow is available to answer questions about Private Rail Cars on +44 (0)1249 890176.

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