Train Beacon 4+

Augmented Reality Train Times

Christopher Riches

    • £4.99



Real time UK train times, with Train Tracker and Augmented Reality Mode. Useful new widgets showing train times, service status and incidents on your device homescreen.

Train Beacon shows estimated, interpolated Great Britain 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 Great Britain 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.

Futuristic high tech features

Widgets - requires iOS 14 or higher

Easily see train times, cancellations, rail incidents and service status on your homescreen.


Easily see information about the service status and news about rail incidents and current / future planned maintenance. The incidents screen includes information such as the incident details, routes affected, date/s of incident and direct links to the relevent National Rail Enquiries page and map, where available.

AR (augmented reality) mode - requires iOS 13 or higher

Picture real-time train information in an interactive real-world environment. See 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. AR mode is available on iOS 13 or higher.

Train Tracker

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

High precision information

The app can 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. Packed with detailed train information like number of carriages, train category, power type (eg Electric Multiple Unit), timing load (eg Class 323), planned maximum speed (eg 90mph max), seating classes, reservations, catering, and operating characteristics (eg Driver Only Operation). Please note that this information is only available if this data has been supplied by the Train Operating Company. Some TOCs do not supply carriage data.

Customer Feedback

"Thanks to the JUST bought @TrainBeacon app, light bags and running legs trained with @LondonCityAC - just swapped trains at READING, with 2 minutes crossover time. All makes for a GREAT #SundayMorning! #Staycation adventure to #Cornwall” - James Moyse - Journalist at Sky News

"@TrainBeacon who’s behind this app?? You’ve satisfied my nerdy needs and I am so impressed as to how slick it is. Well done”

"love the AR mode"

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 or train tracker mode of the app such as trains not stopping at the nearest station and also freight trains. Freight and non passenger 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

* 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. Widgets require iOS 14 or higher *

App powered by National Rail Enquiries and contains information of Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd

What’s New

Version 3.02

Add the new Soham station, currently scheduled to join the National Rail network on Sunday 12 December 2021. Add the new Lumo train operating company in the incidents screen. Optimisation for iOS 15.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
93 Ratings

93 Ratings

foto2021 ,

Excellent app!

Excellent app, extremely useful.

I hope one day it will include freight trains as well as passenger services.

Developer Response ,

Thanks very much for the kind review of the Train Beacon app, really appreciate it. Also, thank you for your feedback about freight trains, this is very useful to know which new content people would like to see in the app. Please email if there are any more features you would like to see.

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

App Privacy

The developer, Christopher Riches, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary based on, for example, the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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