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It was all aboard the first ever ‘Kid’s Coach’ this week as Chiltern Railways ran a special family friendly carriage from Birmingham to London.


If you were travelling from Birmingham Moor Street to London Marylebone line on Chiltern Railways this week, you might have been surprised by a lot of noise and laughter coming from one of the carriages.  It was in fact Chiltern Railways first ever kid’s coach.


This family friendly carriage complete with games, arts and crafts, music and magical on-board entertainment was being trialled throughout the week as part of Chiltern’s summer holiday campaign. Their aim being to make a family visit to London special from the minute they board the train.

Peter Williams, Interim Commercial Director at Chiltern Railways, said:  “We wanted to provide a space where kids can be kids and families can enjoy spending time together. If you travel by car, kids can spend so much time staring at the back of their parent’s heads, but a train journey, especially the kid’s coach, provides a great opportunity to bond, play and make memories together.


“It’s summer, a time for fun, and we want to hear the sounds of children laughing and having fun on our services. We created the Kid’s Coach to help make their summer holiday one they will talk about for years to come.”


This special ‘Kid’s Coach’ was available on a first-come, first-served basis, and if successful, the carriage may continue to be a feature on board selected Chiltern Railways trains this summer.

Families travelling from other stations on the Chiltern line, didn’t miss out as station staff were also giving out Kid’s Activity Packs with a word search, colouring in and plenty more to keep them entertained.


Visit Chiltern Railways website for more information, travel deals and special ‘2 for 1’ offers on entry to some of London’s top attractions:





About Ann Evans

Feature writer and award winning author, Ann Evans has more than 22 books published for children, young adults, reluctant readers and adults. Never content to write one thing at a time, she always has at least half a dozen different writing projects on the go. She worked for 13 years on the Coventry Telegraph as a feature writer and currently writes for a number of different magazines, in print and on-line. Ann is also a writing tutor running classes for adults and doing author school visits throughout the UK. Ann decided to put her years of writing experience together in her book Become A Writer – a step by step guide. Amazon link: Blogs: