Archive for January, 2008
Published on January 31st, 2008.
Shaun here, the newest (and coolest) addition to the BritRail Newsletter team! You’ll be hearing from me in each newsletter as I roam and report on the various Must-Do’s and Must-See’s of the UK. From historic museums to happening night-clubs and everything in between, I’ll be your guide to all things British!
But enough about me let’s look at the January report! My hotspot pick of the month is (drum roll please) ….Cornwall!
Why Cornwall you may ask? (Or you may not, but I’ll answer anyways). Cornwall is home to this fantastic and unique attraction called the Eden Project! Dubbed an unofficial Wonder of the World, Eden is as its name suggests, an expansive garden housed in enormous, funky, futuristic biodomes that rest in a crater the size of 30 Football fields!
Fun for the whole family, this small patch of paradise examines the links between flora and fauna and how, basically, we need these plants to survive (so do your best to not pollute, like take a train instead of a plane… cheap plug? Maybe, but hey, it’s the truth!).
Take a stroll in the Humid Tropics Biodome, which, FYI, is the world’s largest greenhouse, and discover all the wonders of the Rainforest – minus all those pesky poisonous frogs. After, pop over to the Warm Temperate Dome where trees of oranges and lemons mix with olive groves. The other biodome is actually roofless and shows off more local greenery like sunflowers and hemp.
Trust me, the Eden Project is not only fascinating, it’s also really informative and educational – a perfect outing for… well, just about anyone!
For more information on the Eden Project, just visit their website at: www.EdenProject.com
Ok folks, that’s it for this month’s newsletter. If you have any locations you’d like me to review, attractions to cover or just have a general question about anything British, email me at AskShaun@BritRail.com. Who knows, maybe we’ll see your inquiry in an upcoming newsletter! See you all next month!
Published on January 28th, 2008.
The fact is, your choice of transportation greatly affects the environment. All mechanized modes of transport, especially planes, emit large amounts of Carbon Dioxide (CO2), which is one of the leading green house gases that damage the Earth’s climate. The railways of Britain understand the need to do their part in helping protect the environment and are committed to ensuring they remain one of the greenest forms of transportation!
In 2006, the train operating companies of Britain conducted an award winning Sulphur Free Diesel program which led to a reduction in harmful gases that trains emit. Now, they are taking this one step further by testing a blend of low Sulphur fuel with alternative fuels, such as biodiesel, which will decrease the trains’ Carbon Foot Print even more.
A number of British trains now use Regenerative Breaking. This new technology returns approximately 20% of the energy trains dissipate when braking back into the National Grid as re- usable energy. Initiatives are in place to apply this technology to Britain’s entire fleet.
Train conductors are also taking “Eco-Driving” lessons in simulators in order to learn how to maximize energy efficiency.
Published on January 21st, 2008.
While we’re on the topic of Scotland, we’d like to cordially invite you to climb aboard our newest travel product, The Royal Yacht Britannia. Docked in Edinburgh, this beautiful behemoth has played host to some of the most famous people in the world but, above all, she was a home-away-from-home to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family! Now, this amazing ship is open to anyone interested in seeing just how the Royals lived when out at sea.
Published on January 14th, 2008.
Even though the UK has so many amazing places to visit, we know some travelers like to focus on specific regions and really delve into local cultures. That’s why we’ve introduced the new BritRail Central Scotland Pass. If you’re only going to visit Scotland and are planning on sticking around Edinburgh and Glasgow, then this is the best pass for you! Oh, did we forget to mention, the pass also lets you ride the Glasgow Underground for free?!
Published on January 7th, 2008.
London’s calling…but so are Bath, Bristol and a number of other must-see cities, which is why we’ve improved our BritRail London Plus Pass! We won’t argue that London is truly special, but we do suggest that you take a few days-out trips and see some of the other exciting cities just near by! We’re so adamant about this, that we’ve extended the boundaries of our London Plus Pass to include Bristol, Bath and Stratford-Upon Avon. But that’s not all; the pass now comes complete with 2 vouchers for any of the Airport Expresses (Heathrow, Gatwick or Stansted) – We just couldn’t bare the thought of you dealing with insufferable London traffic!