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Take the train…back in time with vintage-themed train journeys

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Take a train ride back in time this Christmas with vintage-themed journeys. Read on to discover how you can recreate the glamour of yesterday when you travel this holiday season. And, you might even find some old-timey prices when using our journey planner for cheap train tickets.

Old is new this holiday season, as vintage becomes an increasingly popular theme around Christmas time – and when you think of the past, you think of train journeys.

More and more people are trying to recreate the glamour of a by-gone era and the days of steam-filled train platforms where you bid farewell to lovers with daintily embroidered handkerchiefs.

In New York, this Christmas season, the Metropolitan Transit Authority has rolled out vintage carriers for holiday shoppers and commuters decked out in their finest glad rags from the twenties, thirties and forties.

Here in Britain, train travellers are seeking to find a little of their own Edwardian period charm with Downton Abbey inspired train journeys to historic locations across England’s green and pleasant land.

So, if you’re travelling by train for the holidays, here are some tips on how to recreate that vintage feeling:

• Set the vintage mood before you even leave the house with these jolly vintage train posters.
• Use modern technology to transport you into the past – create a Christmas music playlist on your laptop or MP3 player with festive music by Bing Crosby, the Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra, Doris Day and Perry Como.
• Make sure to carry a personalised handkerchief for dramatic farewells when leaving the station.
• Top your ensemble off with a fedora for the men and a pretty headpiece for the women. And, don’t forget that hat wearing etiquette from back in the day dictated that men should always remove their hat indoors and tip their hat when meeting a lady friend. A lady is allowed to keep their hats on inside as long as it’s part of her outfit – and she never doffs her hat to anyone.

Are you in search of vintage charm this Christmas? Do you have other ideas for recreating the past when travelling by train? Let us know by leaving a comment below …

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