On board a so-called 'ghost train'
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On board a real-life 'ghost train'

You won't see them every day, and they rarely run when you might actually want to use them - but they're beloved by rail enthusiasts.

"Parliamentary" trains - also known as "ghost" trains - are strange services which often run just once a week and in one direction.

They exist in order to keep certain lines open, because without them the train operators would often have to close the route - something which costs time and money.

But tracking these trains down - and taking a journey on them - is the particular passion of a select group of ghost train "hunters".

BBC News went along for the ride.

Video produced by Dan Curtis.

  • 02 Jul 2012
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