Train Beacon 4+

Augmented Reality Train Times

Christopher Riches

    • 4.8 • 103 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



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Train Beacon shows estimated, interpolated GB* 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 augmented reality.

See Great Britain and London Underground 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.


Widgets (Pro subscription required)

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

Incidents (Pro subscription required)

Easily see information about the service status and news about rail incidents and current / future 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. Includes London Underground service status and incidents.

Augmented Reality mode (Pro subscription required)

Picture real-time train information in an interactive real-world environment. See nearby trains*, railway stations and London Underground 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 with a Pro subscription.

*National Rail trains only, and some trains are not displayed.

Train Tracker (Pro subscription required)

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 National Rail 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 EMU), timing load (eg Class 323), planned maximum speed (eg 90mph max), seating classes, reservations, catering, and operating characteristics (eg DOO). This information is only available if data has been supplied by the TOC. Some TOCs don't supply carriage data. The app can also show the calling point times and route map for London Undergound trains, if this data has been supplied by TfL.

Safety Info

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.

App powered by National Rail Enquiries & TfL Open Data, contains information of Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd.

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What’s New

Version 5.08

This update fixes a bug affecting some users where the widget was not opening the correct screen in the app when tapping on the widget, when the app is not already running in the background

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
103 Ratings

103 Ratings

Jam039 ,

Love the app

I use it every morning and have so for the last year. I just wish it looked a tad nicer but absolutely love the app.

Developer Response ,

Thank you very much for your kind review of the Train Beacon app. Really glad that you like the app and are finding it to be useful. Please feel free to email if there is any further feedback that you would like to share about improving the visual design of the app.

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.

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

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