Looking for The Youth Rail Enthusiasts Association? After six years as the YREA we have become the Youth Rail Group. In this video our Manager explains why we've made this change and what it means for our members.
Some forum sections have moved but generally our website is unchanged. We do however have a new YouTube channel, so please subscribe to it to be the first to watch our new videos! Our Steam group, Twitch channel and Flickr Photostream have closed.
Register now to gain access to all of our features. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to contribute to this site by submitting your own content or replying to existing content. You'll be able to customise your profile, receive reputation points as a reward for submitting content, while also communicating with other members via your own private inbox, plus much more! You will also be eligible for attending YRG events and entering competitions. Registration is free!
Introducing the YRG
Special Offers Blog
By Perks390 in Special Offers 0Virgin Trains East Coast currently has 50% off advance tickets ending midnight 18th August. Tickets are limited to 500,000 seats and no other discounts such as railcards or child fares can be applied. Travel is from 5 September to 4 November 2016, excluding 21-30 October 2016. VTEC Nifty 50 Sale
By Perks390 in Special Offers 0Chiltern Railways are offering 20% off advance fares including railcard discounted fares and 20% off a family travelcard for stations north of High Wycombe. For anyone going on the Banbury North Signal Box visit, this may be an offer worthwhile getting. Chiltern Summer Sale
By Perks390 in Special Offers 0A rather odd but interesting offer for people who play the 'popular' Pokemon Go app. On Friday 29th July only players are able to buy a £5 c2c (day) rover ticket for travel on c2c only (£9 if you want to include London stations). The offer is available by showing your Pokemon Go app at any c2c ticket office on the 29th July. More details including terms and conditions can be found here: c2c Pokemon Go Rover.
Remember that if you do find any Pokemon on the tracks that it really isn't worth risking your life you try and get it. Stay safe and have fun!
Welcome to the Youth Rail Group
The YRG is a community of railway enthusiasts based in Great Britain. All our members are aged 25 or below and are passionate about their hobby. If you are too, then we'd love you to join us! We host frequent competitions and events, and also have a busy online community sharing opinions, reviews, laughs, pictures and videos. What are you waiting for? Get your free account today.
News & Updates
By Chris in News & Updates 0For the third consecutive year, Manager of The Youth Rail Group Chris Jeffery has helped to judge the London Transport Forum's annual photography competition. The event which celebrates all transport in London (not just the railways!) concluded on July 27th with the announcement of this year's winners.
First place goes to Colin Page who submitted this long exposure photo of buses in front of St Pauls Cathedral. BBC London’s Tom Edwards said that this was by far his favourite photo of the 2016 competition. Congratulations to Colin who wins for the second time and has won an amazing selection of prizes including a champagne experience on the Coca-Cola London Eye, a visit to ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, tickets for MBNA Thames Clippers, City Cruises and Thames RIB Experience, model buses, a model London taxi, two bus depot tours and more.
Second place was won by Rose Tabberer who submitted this photo of a Heathrow Connect train in motion at Heathrow Central Station. YRG Manager and Founder Chris Jeffery said that he liked how the blur of the train in motion and the angle of the photo come together to create a fantastic picture. Congratulations to Rose who has won tickets for the Coca-Cola London Eye, a model bus, and more.
For more information on the 2016 Photo Competition including the list of judges, prizes and this years theme visit the London Transport Forum website.
By Chris in News & Updates 0The Youth Rail Group is excited to announce its next event - a visit to Banbury North Signal Box before it gets demolished on the 8th October following re-signalling of the Banbury area. Our visit will take place on August 31st at 12:30.
The visit is being hosted by Project Crossover who are working closely with Network Rail to provide viewings of the box. The visit will include a tour of the box, the chance to take photos, a talk on the history of the box and how it all works, information on railway safety and the opportunity to find out about railway careers. You will also get the chance to ask any questions that you may have.
This event is for YRG members only. If you're aged 25 or under but not a member of the Youth Rail Group then please get your free account now. There are 10 places available on our visit and all three YRG volunteers will be attending (Chris, Tom, and George). If you wish to join us then please apply using the link below. Completing this form does not guarantee you a ticket - if more than ten members apply, a random draw will take place. Tickets will be emailed out on July 31st. If you are travelling a long distance for this event and are likely to be using advance tickets then please do not purchase them until you have received a confirmation that you have a place.
If you have any questions feel free to ask by leaving a comment below or using the Contact Us form.
Apply for your place here: Banbury North Visit (You must be logged in to view this form).
By Chris in News & Updates 0We're delighted to announce our range of T-Shirts! We've partnered with Teemill, a company based on the Isle of Wight, to offer you a selection of tees with designs exclusive to the Youth Rail Group. Every product sold helps pay for the running costs of our growing community, so if you like the YRG then buying from our store is a great way to help us out!
Our "Our <3 HSTs" T-Shirt also includes a £1 donation to The 125 Group, so you can use our store to support other good causes as well as the YRG itself. Check the item descriptions to see how much is raised from the sale of each item.
Interested? Our T-Shirts start at just £19 and delivery is reasonable too! Check them out on our website NOW!
By Chris in News & Updates 0Rail Week is a collaborative activity being delivered by the rail sector and led by Young Rail Professionals (YRP) to attract more people to consider rail careers. They are doing this by opening the doors of industry to students at schools, colleges and universities. Because it’s not just about trains and tracks. Rail has so much more to offer!
The Youth Rail Group is an official supporter of Rail Week and on Saturday June 25th, three members (including Manager Chris Jeffery) visited Willesden London Overground depot in West London. The group was lead on an informative tour of the depot by engineers who maintain the trains there, which on top of the London Overground fleet also includes visiting trains from Chiltern Railways and the Caledonian Sleeper.
After the tour, the group was treated to a drive in the class 378 simulator, which is used by trainee train drivers to practise their skills before driving trains on the real network. The simulator offers enhanced levels of realism much beyond the PC games the group had played at home, and the team from London Overground were able to throw some different scenarios at each person in the group to see how they would react.
Everyone at London Overground that the group met was really friendly and welcoming. They were all very knowledgeable about the depot and trains, and extremely happy to answer questions about their career too.
There are so many opportunities if you're looking for a career in the rail industry, and a great place to find out more is on the Railweek.com website. We also have a selection of careers articles here at the Youth Rail Group. The YRG is an official event supporter, so keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter profiles for details about other events which are taking place across the country between June 25th and July 3rd 2016
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone we met at London Overground for making this a really special visit, and to Rail Week and Young Rail Professionals for organising the visit.
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