Remembered by former members, the Rail Riders travel vouchers which gained them discounted travel on the British Rail network between 1981 and 1991 are returning.
Since its relaunch back in February this year, Rail Riders has steadily grown and can now offer members discounted travel on 49 heritage and mini railways alongside 35 railway themed outlets from model shops to online businesses and in March this year DB Cargo named 66175 Rail Riders Express.
The latest development in the growth of Rail Riders is the partnership with Bishop Trains, a National Rail ticket retailer based at Bishop Auckland railway station. This has led to the introduction to Rail Riders members the unique opportunity to have discounted Rail travel vouchers again.
One person members will receive 3 £5 vouchers totalling £15 and the Family members will receive a total of 5 £5 vouchers totalling £25 for their annual membership, on renewal of the membership a new batch of vouchers will be issued.
These vouchers can be used against all National Rail tickets including Advance fares, Railcards (Family, Senior, 16-25, Two Together), London Transport Day Travelcards, Some London Underground point to point single & return tickets, Sleeper reservations, Rail Rover & Ranger tickets and Rail-Sail tickets through to Ireland, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands & Isle of Man.
The vouchers can only be used with Bishop Trains via their website www.ba-rail.co.uk/railriders or by phone 01388 661394 quoting their membership number and the unique voucher number or visiting Bishop Auckland Railway station. There is a minimum spend of £70 per transaction before a voucher can be used.
Simon Buxton, Director of Rail Riders said “Its been amazing the response we have received since bringing back this iconic club, including support we have gained from the industry. We never thought we would have the opportunity to bring this integral part of the former club back. We thank Bishop Trains for giving our members the chance to use these vouchers. Our goal is to encourage more usage of all railways and this is a great step to achieve this”
David Million, Business owner of Bishop Trains, Bishop Auckland said “Bishop Trains are extremely proud to be working with the new Rail Riders Club. Many of us of a certain age, will remember with fondness the original Rail Riders Club back in British Rail days and the excitement of going to the station, vouchers in hand, for a day out by train. The new partnership between Bishop Trains and Rail Riders brings back an important part of the club format and we hope it will help ignite a new passion for rail travel in the UK after what has been a challenging year for us all”.