I do my best work on the train

For countless people – from novelists to business execs – the train is a perfect place to work…

I can… work on presentations, reports and more

Whether it’s putting the finishing touches to a winning presentation or crunching data in a monster spreadsheet – the train makes a great pop-up office.

Our Wi-Fi is free, so you can easily email work to your colleagues from the train – and with plug sockets at every seat you’re not going to run out of juice.

Book a table seat to spread your papers and you’ve got everything you need to crack on. Opt for first class for slick new workspaces in our First Class lounges and coffee on tap. Onboard, the smooth Scottish leather seats recline when your work is done and you’re ready to relax. 

I can… check emails and social media

Be an email and Facebook ninja with our free on-board Wi-Fi. Declutter your inbox, ping off quick-win replies and flag messages that need further attention at work.

Once you’re at your desk you can focus on thinking big without having to sweat the small stuff. 

I can… write a novel

Always dreamed of writing a novel? Tell yourself you could if only you had the time? Why not try to bash out a book on your regular commute?

Write a book on a train? When else do you have guaranteed time slots where nothing else is asked of you?

Before you start laughing into your latte, master of spy fiction John Le Carre wrote some early novels on train journeys to the office, while crime writer Val McDermid waxes lyrical about writing on long train journeys in this Guardian interview.

I can… write a travel blog

Travel broadens the mind. And with so many inspirational views from the windows of our trains, such as the massive Angel of the North and Durham Cathedral – a winner of Britain’s favourite building – you’re not short of inspiration to get the creative juices flowing.

Writer Bill Bryson famously travelled around much of the country by train for his Notes From a Small Island book, calling Durham ‘a perfect little city’. Why not follow his lead by scribbling your thoughts as you pass through cities and past landmarks? You could even publish them on a blog – why not?

I can… write up meeting notes

You’ve had a great meeting with a client – all smiles and finishing each other’s sentences. You’re definitely on the same page. You can’t wait to get back to the office to show off.

Use your train journey to transcribe your rushed scribbles while fresh in your mind. Our trains have plenty of tables so you can set up your laptop and jot down the key points – log on to the Wi-Fi to email them to the office.

I can… sketch my own masterpiece

There’s something inspirational about rail travel. Many people use their downtime to get creative, drawing or doodling as the train chugs along. There are even online galleries devoted to drawings produced by people on trains. 

‘Matchstick men’ painter LS Lowry used to travel by train to Berwick for his summer holidays, taking inspiration from the scenery he saw from the window.

Durham Cathedral, the Angel of the North and the Scottish Highlands are among the views to be had from our train windows.

If it’s good enough for LS Lowry…