East Coast Train to London

Published: 09/18/15 11:26 AM in Europe, Merevin Wedding, Travel.
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When it comes to traveling through the United Kingdom, or Europe as a whole, there is nothing more authentic than traversing the country via train. The rail system throughout the United Kingdom is so well established that it is the preferred mode of transportation throughout the country, eliminating a heavy reliance on cars. In fact, the rail system in Great Britain is the oldest in the world, dating back to 1825. It is even connected to the rail system of continental Europe through the undersea Channel Tunnel. Fun fact: it is actually faster and cheaper to get from the heart of London, England to the heart of Paris, France than it is to get from London to any part of Scotland.

Besides the incredible subway system that moves people through the heart of London, the National Railway system branches out throughout the country, allowing people to move from city to city quickly without a car. So taking the history in consideration and the ease of travel the rail system allows for, using the trains to get around the country becomes a must-do part of traveling throughout any part of Europe.

Kevin Banogon sits aboard the East Coast train from Edinburgh to London during his honeymoon through England.

A scene of coastal England seen out the window of the east coast train to London.

Kevin Banogon and Meredith Lambert Banogon enjoy their trip on the East Coast Tain to London during their England Honeymoon.


Coffee & Tea on the Train to London

For the trip back south after our time in Scotland, Kevin and I decided to have our first high-speed train experience and take the East Coast train to London from Edinburgh. Since this is a longer trip, we decided to spend a little extra to be in the first class car. This meant we had outlets at our seats, internet access, and food/drink provided throughout the journey. So for this leg of our trip, we were able to relax, read our books, take in the scenery that passed, and indulge in the coffee, tea, and snacks.

For both of us, this was our first experience on a substantial train that traveled across a country. It was amazing to see how easy it is to get from London to Newcastle or any other major city in England. The entire area of the country is also so much smaller than the continental United States that it seemed like nothing to hop around the land mass. I could easily see myself spending a couple months in England traveling around the country to see it all from coast to coast using primarily the train system. Maybe I would even take a day trip to Paris.


A view over a beautiful English town on the East Coast Train ride to London.

Meredith Lambert Banogon enjoys her first train ride on the East Coast train to London.

Kevin Banogon enjoys his first train ride on the East Coast train to London.

Arriving at King's Cross Station in London, England during a honeymoon in England.


Visiting Platform Nine and Three-Quarters at King’s Cross Station

Upon arriving in London, we were dropped in the middle of King’s Cross Station. This beautiful station is the hub for the National Railway in the city of London, but the first thing that comes to my mind at the name is, of course, the Hogwarts Express. So before we left the station, we had to visit Platform Nine and Three Quarters to take a picture as we attempt to depart for Hogwarts.

As always, it was fun to visit another important spot for all Potterheads, but the element that stuck out in my mind the most was how organized the entire thing was. I was expecting to arrive at a crowded spot with everyone trying to jump ahead and grab their picture before the next person jumps in. However, as soon as you get to the area there is a line organized by ropes where people are patiently waiting for their turn. Overseeing the line is an attendant making sure everyone gets their pictures and even provides you with your house scarf. They will even hold the end of the scarf to achieve the desired “running through the barrier” effect.

Even more amazing is that the entire experience is free! They don’t charge you to take a picture there or take a picture with their camera and make you buy it. All of the experience above is free and you take the picture with your own camera or smartphone. If you are there alone, the attendant will offer to take your picture for you or, if you want them to hold your scarf, one of the other people in line will be glad to help. It is just another example of the loving community of the Harry Potter fandom and the pride England has in their tangible connections to the Wizarding World. This spot was created for the sole purpose of pleasing the people and not as a way to squeeze more money out of a passionate fandom. Way to be England.


Meredith Lambert Banogon visits Platform Nine and Three Quarters at King's Cross Station in London.

Kevin Banogon visits Platform Nine and Three Quarters at King's Cross Station in London.

The landing platform at King's Cross Station after a train ride to London.


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