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Today (July 29), we say happy birthday to George Bradshaw, author of the famous rail tourism guide, Bradshaw's Handbook.

From coastal routes to heritage treasures, our railway offers a wealth of striking journeys.

Here are our top five places to visit:

The Scottish Highlands

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Take the West Highland Line from Glasgow Queen Street to some of Scotland's most famous scenery.

ScotRail runs a train service all the way through Fort William, Glenfinnan and the old fishing port of Mallaig – today a popular tourist destination.

Bonnie Prince Charlie put Glenfinnan on the map in 1745 when he arrived in Scotland from France to raise an army against the Scottish government.

Today, Glenfinnan attracts swathes of visitors – particularly Harry Potter film fans – to see the iconic viaduct next to Loch Shiel.

The Jacobite steam train runs from Fort William to Mallaig via Glenfinnan from April to September.

Passengers can hop off at the classically restored Glenfinnan railway station, which now houses the Glenfinnan Station Museum, leave their luggage with staff and explore the local area.

Soon, those travelling through Glasgow Queen Street will enjoy an even better start to their journeys – we're turning the terminus into a bigger, brighter station.

The Conwy Valley line

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We reopened the Conwy Valley line this week following huge repairs to the Welsh favourite.

Storm Gareth caused severe damage to the line in March and our teams worked fast to reopen it in time for the National Eisteddfod festival in Llanrwst.

The line, which runs between Llandudno Junction and Blaenau Ffestiniog, takes in the North Wales Coast and the heart of Snowdonia. Sites include Conwy Castle, Dolwyddelan Castle and the World Heritage Town of Conwy.

To celebrate the reopening, Network Rail and Transport for Wales Rail Services are hosting a steam train trip on Saturday 3 August.

Tickets for the train, which will run from Chester to Blaenau Ffestiniog, will be available for the public to purchase on Monday 22 July. Details on how to purchase tickets will be available soon.

The National Railway Museum

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Take a trip to the historic walled city of York and discover some of Britain’s most important railway artefacts at The National Railway Museum, including what was once the country’s busiest signal box.

Network Rail recently donated original bricks from the foundations of Borough Market Junction signal box, which moved from London to the National Railway Museum in 1976.

Our donation will help the latest phase of the box’s restoration – an approximately £40,000 project to move it indoors, build a new base and provide access for visitors. Once completed, the box will once again sit at its original height.

Settle-Carlisle line

The Ribblehead viaduct

The Settle–Carlisle line is one of the world's most stunning stretches of railway. Enjoy views of the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbrian Fells. You'll see Victorian architecture, remote station buildings and imposing bridges like the Ribblehead viaduct (pictuted).

Summer events along the line include festivals, an open day at Appleby station in Cumbria and a weekend celebration of vintage vehicles, fashion and entertainment.

The Borders Railway

The Borders Railway. Picture credit – Bruce Ball.

When the Borders Railway opened in 2015 it reconnected local communities with Scotland’s capital by rail for the first time since 1969.

The 30-mile route – the UK’s longest new domestic line in more than 100 years – reversed a controversial closure that had left “a profound sense of sadness” in its wake, according to Bruce Ball, author of The Spirit of the Borders Railway.

Today, the scenic line takes passengers between Tweedbank and Edinburgh in less than an hour. The Borders Railway describes direct transport links as integral to tourism in Scotland, linking the south east of Scotland with rail and air travel across Britain.

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