Why the UK Runs Trains to Nowhere

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Comments • 3 717

  • Mikeology
    Mikeology Day ago

    As a Houstonian, why you gotta call us out like that?

  • Tirolumido
    Tirolumido 2 days ago

    I didn't understand who owns the UK rail network. In Italy there has been privatization, but it only concerns the trains while the tracks are always state owned. The private individual can decide to circulate his trains wherever he wants by paying a price per kilometer. Is this also the case in the UK?

  • Rex Hunt
    Rex Hunt 3 days ago

    Who cares there the trains run in the UK as long as I get where I want to go to see my very hot girlfriend...

  • Michael Dubery
    Michael Dubery 4 days ago

    Yeah boiiiiii chiltern railways :)

  • RealiableCandy4
    RealiableCandy4 11 days ago

    I'm going to ride all the ghost trains now.
    I'm going to do stupid things and no one will know about it

  • MacIn173
    MacIn173 12 days ago

    "they meant to prevent closing unprofitable routes, but only thing they do is creating these ghost trains" - that's just a survivor bias.

  • Rocking Rules
    Rocking Rules 12 days ago

    Our train station (30 miles away from London)has 260 trains a day

  • Jason Ford
    Jason Ford 13 days ago

    Dude the UK should like, nationalize the railways... that'd be nice

    • Jason Ford
      Jason Ford 13 days ago

      And get rid of the royals to pay for it... before some patriot says something easily reputable with some common sense applied

  • Paolo Pabalinas
    Paolo Pabalinas 14 days ago

    Midnight Meat Train

  • Tungst
    Tungst 15 days ago

    The conclusion is a bit simple.
    I grew up in a village that kept its station and train service just because of this bureaucracy.
    A line not being profitable does not mean its a "ghost line". A lot of people from my village used the train to commute. So it wasn't earning money most of the day which made it unprofitable. Not a ghost line by far.

  • Ludovicius Magnus
    Ludovicius Magnus 16 days ago

    so that english can flee Dunkirk? fleeing-rosbeef meme ^^

  • echristopherson78
    echristopherson78 20 days ago

    Is this a Wes Anderson movie?

  • B_Adamson
    B_Adamson 25 days ago

    _Birming _*_ham_*

  • Shpade Owt
    Shpade Owt 28 days ago

    They go to your imagination.

  • Train Maniacs
    Train Maniacs Month ago

    Ha 2 of the franchises you mentioned don’t exist anymore and you know a lot about Britain for an American plus I travel on that train once a week

  • Tube Craft
    Tube Craft Month ago

    These trans are also called Parliamentary Trains because they are not profitable, parliament requires them to be operated.

  • Reza karim
    Reza karim Month ago


  • Jack Atkins
    Jack Atkins Month ago

    Very misleading title

  • Lord Coe
    Lord Coe Month ago

    f*ck northern rail

  • Thomas Wilkinson
    Thomas Wilkinson Month ago

    Good old London midland

  • Crispin
    Crispin Month ago

    I love Wendover productions, but it’s so triggering to hear the place names being mispronounced smh

  • avcomth
    avcomth Month ago +2

    In Japan there was a ghost train line on Hokkaido that ran to a certain station that only had one patron, a highschool student. The station was closed when that student graduated albeit the train itself was a near ghost train to begin with.

  • Rylen Cason
    Rylen Cason Month ago

    Most public city busses in America are ghost busses.

  • Two_Heads_Talking
    Two_Heads_Talking Month ago

    Different ghost trains have different reasons why they run.
    It might be legislation requires that a train be run, and that legislation is written into the franchise agreement, while others require a service to be run otherwise the line will be closed automatically due to lack of use.

    Its not just about the train, it goes all the way back to the legislation that created the lines and services that use them

  • Josh Bate
    Josh Bate Month ago

    Ghost train - Great band name! Already exist. Am listening to their music - actually quite good :D

  • simgorm
    simgorm Month ago

    I got so far and gave up with the annoying American voice over and mispronunciation, America has terrible train services for passengers.

  • Charlie Fleming
    Charlie Fleming Month ago

    It is supposed to be expensive and difficult to close a station in the UK. The "Beeching Axe" closed huge pieces of the railway on a study done over just a few months! So lines that looked unprofitable for six months were hugely popular for the other six. Many lines have reopened or in the process of being reopend or campaigned to be reopened.

    The short sighted way that many lines were closed and land sold off has caused so many problems today with traffic on roads and congestion and over-crowding on the railways.

  • Blonde Creature
    Blonde Creature Month ago +1

    Totally misleading title.

  • tfc 343
    tfc 343 Month ago

    berming - ham lol

  • Rob N
    Rob N Month ago

    I did work experience on Chiltern Railways back in 2003 as my Dad used to work for them. I did the ticket checking with the guard (for the 4 passengers on the train) and got to go in the cab with the driver which was awesome as I've always loved trains. Then we got to Paddington, grabbed a quick coffee and then back off the Wycombe. That was a great week, I got to do a bit of everything, train dispatching, announcements at Marylebone, working the ticket office, handing out fines at the barriers. Great week that.

  • Sana Zulfiqar
    Sana Zulfiqar Month ago

    It has gone now

  • SumIT Krips
    SumIT Krips Month ago

    I mean knowhere

  • Shantarah
    Shantarah Month ago +2

    The train service in ireland is a public one and it’s soooooo bad

  • Lucas 53
    Lucas 53 Month ago

    The pronunciation of marylebone

  • James Palmer
    James Palmer Month ago

    It's "stay lee bridge "

  • Crescent Rose
    Crescent Rose Month ago

    “It just works” is notably a bad advertisement.

  • Alex
    Alex Month ago

    Good, public money bought and built this infrastructure so it should prevent private companies taking the piss, that’s why 3rd world countries like the USA have fallen into disrepair.

  • The Frantic Traveler

    Interesting and hilarious

  • Jon White
    Jon White Month ago +8

    "Inefficiency and bureaucracy" as the video suggests, or actually a process to ensure public services are protected for the benefit of citizens and democratic oversight of the public transport system?

    • Grover
      Grover Month ago +2

      Except it's ensuring the complete waste of ghost train runs, isn't it?

  • jade slaughter
    jade slaughter Month ago

    So the policy is exactly doing what it is meant to do

  • Mr A
    Mr A Month ago

    Why I love UK. Puts the people first.

    • Grover
      Grover Month ago

      Lol you can't be serious. What people is it putting first to preserve an unused service at the expense of all the company's other customers?

  • Will wager
    Will wager Month ago

    The agreement doesn't make ghost trains you have named 3 in the country, it protects smaller stations from large rail companies cutting them off. They charge obscene volumes of money for tickets so I hope they do have to run services that can be a pain

  • Lewis Baker
    Lewis Baker Month ago +75

    Love listening to him mispronounce almost every location 😂

    • Gadget
      Gadget 3 days ago

      @J WEdingbourgh I think

    • J W
      J W 17 days ago

      It’s weird because he lives there in London/UK

    • Infinity Playz
      Infinity Playz 29 days ago +4

      Mar-le-bone not Mary-le-bone

  • Christian
    Christian Month ago

    The taxpayer can cover the expense so who cares.

  • Deag Edwards
    Deag Edwards Month ago +2

    they're called Parliamentary Trains, for reasons dating back to the 1840s

  • Jacob Slater
    Jacob Slater Month ago

    tbf stocky to staly once a week is fucking bollocks

  • remy yale
    remy yale Month ago

    HOW can you mentrion ghost-trains without talking about the possibility for the gym rat twin brother of a desert king to suplex it.... HOW

  • TieganD
    TieganD Month ago

    So I live in Denton and I never knew this, the train station is so useless no one uses it and I’ve never seen a train go through it

  • Jonathan Simpson
    Jonathan Simpson Month ago

    It's pronounced "Stay-Lee-Bridge" not "Stali-Bridge" and just like Stockport, and everything in between, it's a shit hole.

  • Billy Auger
    Billy Auger Month ago +117

    Southern railway doesn't have trains, only replacement bus services

    • Verpal
      Verpal 15 days ago +1

      Southern railway is a bus company, fit me!

    • Aiyaphol Kemapuckpong
      Aiyaphol Kemapuckpong 16 days ago +1

      The Brighton main line is the bulk of them. Every time I want to go into London I need to check if rail replacement buses are running and then if not I would go.

    • kiona
      kiona Month ago +2

      Northern rail don't even have those

  • ian x
    ian x Month ago

    Paddington is a good alternative terminus to Marylebone, with many connections, and Wycombe is a big commuter town. This is potentially a successful commuter route. I'm puzzled that Chiltern don't promote it. The Manchester route makes much less sense.

  • AceGod7
    AceGod7 2 months ago

    turn the ghost train into a home lol

  • Hiro Takkan
    Hiro Takkan 2 months ago +7

    More self-serving libertarian garbage coming from a America commenting on something they likely spent a handful of minutes researching, at best. To make matters worse, the subject of UK rail was compared to the completely failed non-freight rail services in the USA. No self awareness.

  • Cooling Heat
    Cooling Heat 2 months ago +1

    Now that's how ㅏㅐㄷㅎ뮨 work

  • Darkk_est
    Darkk_est 2 months ago

    3:52 I was about to ask who was the one person who rode the ghost train, but then I realized it was the cameraman themselves.

  • Mike Nash
    Mike Nash 2 months ago +7

    I used the Stockport to Stalybridge line a lot in the '80s when travelling between home (Stockport) and university (York) - the service ran once an hour in both directions then. And it's pronounced "STAY-lee-bridge".

  • Bodkins
    Bodkins 2 months ago

    TBF no one wants to go to Stockport..

  • conquer4
    conquer4 2 months ago +9

    This closure process seems simple and easy! ...compared to being elected mayor of the city of London.

  • Suttung
    Suttung 2 months ago

    Maybe the UK should have never privatised its railways. Privatisation is only really beneficial under sufficient competitive forces, but the franchise system precludes this. Investments in British trains, stations and networks are far behind SNCF, DB, SBB and ÖBB. The overall quality of service in Britain is worse (personal experience) and ticket prices are higher.

  • LP SP
    LP SP 2 months ago +6

    Marr-le-bone, it's pronounced Marr-le-bone. (not Mare-le-bone) Easy mistake to make for a non-Brit

  • James Davison
    James Davison 2 months ago +3

    Marylebone = MAR-LE-BONE

  • Jay Koz
    Jay Koz 2 months ago

    ghost flights, ghosts trains, damn uk!! 🇬🇧

  • youtube user
    youtube user 2 months ago

    first world problems

  • Alive ChadDaBoss
    Alive ChadDaBoss 2 months ago

    It's not birmingHam it burminghum

  • AJ
    AJ 2 months ago

    Was the video made just to sell an ad?

  • Katherine Watkins
    Katherine Watkins 2 months ago

    Ghost Train! New band name I call it!

  • Rob James
    Rob James 2 months ago

    I came here to see if there would be any Hogwarts jokes.

  • BJGvideos
    BJGvideos 2 months ago +3

    Honestly despite the sarcasm, it DOESN'T seem too difficult to close a line.

  • Idle Star
    Idle Star 2 months ago

    Some poor bugger was left on the train to film no one being on the train that that person was on filming no one...

  • Josh S Fox
    Josh S Fox 2 months ago

    That's so weird, because as soon as he said the name of the rail company I knew it was that Stockport to Stalybridge line because I grew up in Denton. Just for reference Stalybridge is pronounced as if it had an e, so it starts with the same pronounciation was the word Stale.

  • 1ReallyMadLad
    1ReallyMadLad 2 months ago +1

    If me and my friends or family ever go to the UK we are probably just going to go on that High Wycombe train just to sit around and play games because who is going to stop us? The oxygen particles?

  • Andy Cooper
    Andy Cooper 2 months ago

    It needs to be nationalised, they should have more than one a day!

  • John Walsh
    John Walsh 2 months ago

    I was trying to get to a parkway drive gigna few months back, try getting back from the wrong train that goes nowhere 😅 thank God for uber

  • Stewart Fisher
    Stewart Fisher 2 months ago

    damn can you learn to pronounce the place names correctly!?

  • swagnus -
    swagnus - 2 months ago

    Acting as if its so over the top the regulations to close a railway, its a fucking railway people use to travel around of course we're not just gonna allow them to go one day um na fuck it we just won't bother

  • Shannon Love
    Shannon Love 2 months ago

    There are Amtrak trains that run across the US virtually empty even though the tickets are subsidized to the tune of hundreds of dollars per ticket and the b tracks are paid for by freight. We been doing that for forty years so British bureaucracy isn't so bad.

  • Shannon Love
    Shannon Love 2 months ago

    The US ships 5 times as much freight per capita as Europe. We have the largest and highest captivity freight train system in the world. It so big that it is partially responsible for the lack of passenger trains in the US because there isn't room on the tracks. If that freight wasn't on rails, it would be on trucks. It makes sense to move the heavy stuff via trains and put people in airplanes and cars.

  • Model Steamers
    Model Steamers 2 months ago

    Can I reserve a seat on the service from Reddish South to Denton?

  • James Rodgers
    James Rodgers 2 months ago

    Northern Rail are bastards

  • Kingnotail
    Kingnotail 2 months ago +5

    I never thought I'd see a video on TVclip that references the stockport-Stalybridge train, let alone one made by someone from outside the UK 🤣 - subscribed!

  • DM87™️
    DM87™️ 2 months ago

    3:02 That's Bollox, I live in Tameside and the Train from Stockport to Stalybridge actually leaves Stockport, goes to Manchester Victoria Train Station in Manchester City Centre and on to Stalybridge then on to Glossop, where it then returns, every hour eleven times per day at something like 2 mins too or 2 mins past the hr

  • Michael Fisher
    Michael Fisher 2 months ago

    AmTrak uses its profitable routes to subsidise mandated unprofitable ones. Also, government services are there to compensate market failure or absence or to fulfill social goals. If Americans got over their anti-government trope they’d have better healthcare, public transport, education, social safety net, etc.

    • Hiro Takkan
      Hiro Takkan 2 months ago

      Problem is that more than enough Americans would rather the poor and needy die instead of having "their" taxable income or goods and services taxes go towards anything but their own immediate interests. It is enshrined in the metanarrative of the American Dream: make it to the top by stepping on the heads of others.

  • Jonathan Cooper
    Jonathan Cooper 2 months ago

    Good metaphor for the Tories’ handling of #brexit.

  • Camberwell86
    Camberwell86 2 months ago

    I'm glad it's this way because we're cutting the budget for literally everything in this country - emergency services, teachers, army, bloody everything. If it was easy to drop a route they would do it in a heartbeat, believe me. I live in Staffs now and exactly one year ago Arriva scrapped literally EVERY bus service on Sundays. If I still worked in pubs I'd be screwed

  • Alastair Hale
    Alastair Hale 2 months ago

    The answer here is surely to make the companies run more trains by writing more requirements into their contracts, not to close the routes. It's not like High Wycombe, Stalybridge or Stockport are tiny, obscure villages which nobody wants to travel to: these are major towns which many commuters travel between. Having travelled on many , many rail services in the UK which are so full people sit in the corridor, it seems preposterous to argue that the UK has a problem with ghost trains and low passenger numbers.

  • Robert Frasier
    Robert Frasier 2 months ago


  • yeungscs
    yeungscs 2 months ago

    "All aboard, MOTHERFUCKAAAAA!"

  • Zarabada
    Zarabada 2 months ago

    Stalybridge - 2:59 is the right pronunciation. 3:05 sounds like it was named for a Russian dictator.

  • Jacob Hayes
    Jacob Hayes 2 months ago +1

    I have a feeling the government just doesn't want railways closing down.

  • Mark Kolk
    Mark Kolk 2 months ago +1

    Insane and so environmentally harmful

  • Kamineiro
    Kamineiro 2 months ago

    Geoff marshall has seen it all

  • Im grbhrg
    Im grbhrg 2 months ago

    Now starts at West Ealing thanks TO HS2

  • majorsupton
    majorsupton 3 months ago

    Ghost Train is a good brewing company. If you know what this is without googling it then you are awesome.

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  • Kurt Cobain
    Kurt Cobain 3 months ago

    Why is virgin a good thing to say to younger people, like virgin olive oil and virgin trains like, what that train is big it shouldn’t be virgin

  • idkwuisp 76
    idkwuisp 76 3 months ago

    fucking hell UK politics are fucking retarded

  • writerpatrick
    writerpatrick 3 months ago

    The procedures are not that unreasonable considering the train is run by a company which would have staff that could do the paperwork required. And without them trains that run on 20% capacity would be quickly shut down even though some people need them.

  • writerpatrick
    writerpatrick 3 months ago

    I would think anyone needing to travel these routes would seek out these trains since you don't have to deal with crowds.

  • TomTopics
    TomTopics 3 months ago

    2:24 wtf is that what American train stations look like

    • Ryde Mk
      Ryde Mk 3 months ago

      Looks a bit like a gas station

  • Qeztotz
    Qeztotz 3 months ago +6

    Good video, but your pronunciations of the locations is so unbelievably wrong