House of Trains

House of Trains

We are very much aware that holiday rental short term stay business is driven fundamentally on moderately priced transport and also accessible transport links.

With this in mind I have chosen Railway Station/Terminus“House of Trains” as a blog subject. You may ask what has this to do with a holiday property rental website like Ok directly very little but indirectly a lot. Because in all the bigger cities where we have short stay self catering apartments you’ll find our Accommodation Partners have located reasonable close to railway or bus transportation.

Coupled with the fact this writer is fascinated with Railway Stations. Some are hundreds of years old and are sited in prominent locations in our larger towns and cities. Birmingham New Street and Moore Street, Victoria Street London, Heuston Dublin, Garde Noir Paris to name but few.

From an architectural point of view some might look a little antiquated andgrim. But most have impacted some way on the lives of people that journey daily through them. Heading for that holiday in the sun, or maybe that first job interview or parting from a long term relationship. Train Stations can be a place relations have they first outing or indeed there last. So emotional they are be places of sadness and happiness in equal measure.

Economically and commercially they are a vital part of any local and national economy. The train network has competed with old and new forms of transport and has always managed to hold its own competitive position in same.

Birmingham New Street is at present undergoing a major reconstruction redevelopment program. The first section was completed and opened in April 2013 and marked the halfway milestone of the project. It is due for completion in September 2015 during all this trains are still running on time at one of the busiest railway station in the UK. We have self catering apartments within walking distance of this new magnificence building.

The city boasts a packed live entertainment program at theaters, concert venues and comedy clubs. Add to this a fantastic selection of restaurants and bars in the city and you’ll discover why visitors come back to Birmingham time and time again.

Birmingham is also the gateway to the West Midlands. Celebrating everything English, from Shakespeare’s country and the rolling hills of the shires, to the iconic World Heritage site at Ironbridge, the Black Country living museum, Warwick Castle and even a round of golf at the world renowed De Vere Belfry.

Birmingham Moor Street Station


Moor Street is Birmingham second busies railway station. Since Chiltern Railways took over the London Marylebone service Moor Street has become a Mainline Station The original station was built in 1909 and was a goods terminus for many years. There were stages in its history that it was closed. But it fortunately was reopened and restored to its former glory. If you’re staying with one of our self catering partners in Birmingham this station concourse is worth a visit. It is only a stone’s throw from the Bull Ring Shopping Complex. The restoration kept the station in it old world style. The photos show the steel studded roof trusses with glass lined arched roof. Features that was very common in its original era. The renovation work cost in the region of £11 million.

Santa Justa Station Seville


It is a very big complex located on the Avenue of Kanas City with ample car parking spaces. Inside the station they are several cafes and gift shops and currency exchange Office. As with most large stations there is a huge inner arrival and departure area. Escalators lead down to the platforms. From here trains can be accessed for travelling to Madrid and further afield. So if you choose to stay in one our magnificence self catering apartments in Seville remember this beautiful city can be reached by air, rail or road.

Heuston Train Station Dublin


It is otherwise known as Dublin Heuston formerly named Kingsbridge Station. It is one of the two large train stations in Dublin the capital of Ireland. Heuston serves the south, southwest and west of Ireland. It is operated by Iarnrod Eireann the national train operator serving the south, southwest and west. It is operated by Iarnród Éireann (IE), the national railway operator. The building was completed in 4 August 1846 as the terminus and it was the national headquarters at the time of the Great Southern and Western Railway. It was renamed Dublin Heuston in 1966 after a former railway office worker Sean Heuston who took part in the Irish Easter Rising An English architect Sancton Wood designed this impressive building a lot of which remains today.

Like other locations has some excellent accommodation in the Dublin Area