News from East Midlands Trains


Bargain Train Tickets Help Derby Passengers Celebrate 175 Years

  • Special ‘Red Dot Day’ offers tickets for just £17.50 return on Saturday 2 August
  • Part of a series of events to mark the 175th anniversary of Derby’s railways
  • Other major event is Etches Park Community Open Day on 13 September, tickets available at

East Midlands Trains will be holding one of its very popular Red Dot Days on Saturday 2 August to celebrate 175 years of Derby’s railways.

Throughout the day on Saturday 2 August, passengers will be able to travel anywhere on the East Midlands Trains’ network for just £17.50 return for adults or £5 for children, providing an ideal opportunity for a family day out.

East Midlands Trains launched its innovative Red Dot Days in June 2009 as a way to demonstrate how easy and enjoyable train travel can be.  Derby’s first ever Red Dot Day is designed to provide people with an opportunity to celebrate 175 successful years of the city’s railways with a bargain train trip.

Tickets must be booked before 2 August at Derby station with a valid booking form, for more information and to download a booking form visit -

The East Midlands Trains’ network covers a wide range of popular destinations, from action-packed London with its host of varied attractions to the seaside resorts of Skegness and Scarborough, and the northern cities of Sheffield, Liverpool and Manchester.

Stephenie Bosworth, Marketing Executive for East Midlands Trains, said: “Our Red Dot Days always prove very popular with the public and we get some great feedback about them.  With the major celebrations around Derby’s 175th anniversary this year, it’s a perfect opportunity to give people a chance to mark the occasion with a bargain £17.50 rail journey.

 “There’s plenty to see and do right across our network to suit all different ages and tastes, so our Red Dot Day provides the perfect way to see some new sights or revisit some old favourites.”

This is part of a series of events being held to mark the 175th anniversary of Derby’s railways, which has already included a train naming event with the BBC Antiques Roadshow and an event to mark 175 years of the first train ever between Derby and Nottingham.


On Saturday 13 September, there will also be a chance for people to have a look behind the scenes of Derby’s Etches Park depot, which is used by East Midlands Trains to maintain thousands of trains each year.  The depot will be opening its doors to the public for the first time ever with a range of exhibits and demonstrations offering fun for visitors of all ages. Tickets for the Etches Depot Community Open Day will be sold via the Ticket Factory, for further detail.