Rail passengers can travel to the sound of music

Wednesday, 1 June 2022

Above: Greater Anglia train going over Chappel Viaduct on the Gainsborough Line. Credit: Greater Anglia

People in Essex can travel by the to the sound of music in a special event on Saturday 11 June.

The Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership has teamed up with train operator Greater Anglia to host an evening Music Train on the Marks Tey to Sudbury line.

Vocalist, Ben Smith, and Andrew Bruell, a saxophonist will entertain passengers as they travel through the beautiful countryside on the rail line between Marks Tey and Sudbury, known as the Gainsborough Line - as it passes through bucolic scenery painted by the artist.

The Music Train will depart Marks Tey at 19.01 and there will two round trips, with the second trip departing at 20.01.

Passengers can stay for the entire event or leave whenever is convenient for them.

The Music Train departs Sudbury at 19.26 and again at 20.26, for passengers who wish to join the train there.

Tickets are £5 per adult and £3 per child and must be booked in advance at https://railplus.greateranglia.co.uk/specials/community-rail-partnerships/music-train-on-the-gainsborough-line-11th-june.html

June Povey, Community Rail Partnership Officer, said, “We’re delighted to bring back our music trains for another year.

“It always feels like a party on board with people moving around the train to enjoy the music and chat to fellow passengers and we are excited to welcome people back.”

Greater Anglia’s Customer and Community Engagement Manager Alan Neville said, “I’m delighted to see the Music Trains return this year. They are a great way to spend an evening, bring the community together as the stunning countryside passes by and showcase the talents of our fantastic local musicians.”

The Essex & South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership aims to encourage and promote use of the six rail branch lines in Essex and supports local projects developed in partnership with community groups businesses and Greater Anglia.

Their focus is on projects that promote the stations and encourage rail travel through engagement, economic growth and sustainable active travel for all.