Stop Press, June 2021
Given the restrictions on travel, reduced rail traffic and closure of bookshops and collections in the first half of 2021, we asked the Rail Guide author, Pip Dunn, to update the information in Rail Guide 2021 to cover the changes that had taken place since the 2021 guide was published in December 2020.
While creating these updates, Pip has also taken the time to incorporate extra information for the Rail Guide, including in particular information on Irish Railways, London Transport and other Light Rail systems.
The result is the Rail Guide 2021 Supplement, and we are now presenting this supplement free of charge as a service to our valued readers in the hope that this will help everyone get the best use from the 2021 Rail Guide.
To receive the free 80 page pdf of the Rail Guide 2021 supplement, simply send an e-mail to:
In the subject line, please use the wording 'Rail Guide 2021'
We'll then e-mail you the supplement, free of charge. It's as easy as that.
The abc Rail Guide has established itself as the comprehensive, detailed, accurate and reliable guide to the railway networks of the British Isles. The new 2021 edition of this best-selling annual publication has been thoroughly revised and updated.
The book provides the full fleet lists of the franchised Train Operating Companies, open access and freight operators as well a round-up of new trains, charter operators, rolling stock providers, spot hire and maintenance providers. Stock used by Network Rail and the channel tunnel operators is also listed as are ex-UK locos abroad. Light rail and tram systems, main line preservation groups, depots and maintenance works, heritage lines, preserved locos, main line steam, charter promoters and scrapyards are also all included.
abc Rail Guide 2021 is simply the most comprehensive and accurate single volume reference source on the contemporary railway scene. Portable, up to date, concise, easy to use, with Train Operating Company route maps and colour photographs throughout, this is the essential guide for all railway enthusiasts seeking to keep up to speed with the dynamic and rapidly changing railway landscape throughout the British Isles.