Train Beacon shows estimated, interpolated mainland UK train positions in augmented reality and on a map. Point your phone in the approximate direction that the track is running and see the estimated, interpolated position and distance of trains from your nearest station as beacons overlaid on-screen in AR (augmented reality).

Find UK real-time train times almost instantly from your nearest stations. Displays platform information where available. Automatically loads train times from your nearest station or loads train times from a station that you select from the stations screen. Filter train times by destination station to quickly find the timetable and live real-time train time information that you’re looking for.

Packed with brand new high tech features

AR (augmented reality) mode - this mode requires iOS 13

Picture real-time train information in an interactive real-world environment. The train and station views in AR mode show nearby trains and railway stations in an immersive augmented reality experience. The app will locate trains that are departing from your nearest station and display them. Tapping on a train reveals more information about its calling points and last reported location. View stations nearby in augmented reality. AR mode is available on iOS 13.

Train Tracker

Using it’s advanced geo-location and route finding capabilities, combined with real-time UK train data and it’s UK rail network map, the app is able to predict the estimated, interpolated location of trains at any given time. The estimated train location is displayed on a map, along with information about whether the service is currently running early, on-time or late.

High precision information

The app is able to use and report times from intermediary passing points such as junctions, providing you with a high level of precision and accuracy about the current status of a given train’s journey. Travel news, and delay and cancellation reasons are displayed, where available from the operating company, and you can save time by using the app as it automatically displays departures from your nearest station.

5 star app reviews

“Great app. The map feature is really helpful to work out where your nearest station is”.

Twitter Feedback:

"love the AR mode"

"IMO this app is heavily underpriced for what it offers! Well done guys and keep up the great work!"

Excellent Coverage

At least 2,566 mainland National Rail UK train stations in England, Scotland and Wales. This includes all current National Rail UK stations as of June 2020. Train Beacon doesn’t currently cover Northern Ireland, London Underground or heritage railways.

Safety Information

Not for use in safety critical applications, level crossings, etc. Train position is estimated from latest available timing point data and may be incorrect. Care must be taken during use. Other trains may be present that are not indicated in the AR mode of the app such as trains not stopping at the nearest station and also freight trains. Freight trains are not displayed in the app. For your safety do not use your phone while you walk and take extreme care using the app near trains and railways.

Hardware requirements

The primary train time displaying features of the app, excluding augmented reality (AR) mode, work with iOS 11 or higher.

AR mode and the augmented reality features of the app require iOS 13 or higher, and an iPhone 6S, SE or later device, or an iPad 2017 or later device.

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What’s New

Version 2.200

This update brings some new features following user's reviews and feedback. Added Horden and Kintore railway stations in preparation for their future opening. Alert user in AR mode if the compass calibration is turned off in iOS system settings. Add "Follow us" section in the info screen. Display the train operating company and the train ID in the train details screen, if available.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

Ellis Murph ,

Love it

It’s so cool to track your train live and it’s extremely accurate

Developer Response ,

Thanks very much for the review, really appreciate it

billf10 ,

Great app

Like that it shows intermediate stations on the destination boards. Had an issue with the app on mobile data at first. Emailed Chris and he replied promptly, and after sending him further information he new what the problem was and sorted it immediately.

Developer Response ,

Thanks very much for the feedback and kind review, really appreciate you taking the time to review it. Best wishes, Chris

hamster200000000 ,

Best yet needs some work

Iv been trying different Apps out
Useing the AI is great
Hear is my way of improving the add the train provides to the app will be great and add plan your journey

Developer Response ,

Thank you very much for reviewing the app and providing feedback, it’s really useful and noted. Really appreciate you purchasing Train Beacon and taking the time to review it, thank you :)

App Privacy

The developer, Christopher Riches, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

No Details Provided

The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.


Christopher Riches
17.5 MB

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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