The origins of the Chiltern Line in the UK date back to 1899, when Marylebone station was first opened to passenger trains. In 1905 a line was opened via South Ryslip and Beaconsfield with trains to the suburb of High Wycombe. Twenty years later, the Great Central Railway became part of the London and North East Railway, ushering in a new era for the railway company. Marylebone became a suburban terminus for trains to Aylesbury and Banbury when the Great Central Railway closed in 1966. Today the Chiltern Railway is part of the Alifa company and is owned by Deutsche Bahn.The Chiltern Railway operates five lines: the Chiltern Main Line, the London-Alisbury line, the Princes Reesborough-Alisbury line, the Leamington-Stratford line and the Oxford-Bicester line. Chiltern Railways main terminals are in Birmingham Snow Hill and London Marylebone. Chiltern Railways also operates other rail services to London Paddington, Oxford and Kidderminster.Although there is standard only, the company offers a premium 'Business Zone' on a small number of trains between Birmingham and London during rush hours. Passengers willing to pay 129.65 yuan (about £20) for an upgrade will enjoy a wider seat and a free drink.Catering is available on the busiest trains between the West Midlands and London, as per the company's timetable. Free WiFi is available on all Chiltern Railway trains.There are four main types of tickets: advance tickets, super off-peak tickets, off-peak tickets and anytime tickets. There are also several discounted tickets that are only available under certain conditions, such as the 2 Pay 4 Travel Pass, which allows four people to travel together for the price of two adults during off-peak periods.
Chiltern Railways Main Line
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