thetrainline has announced the iPhone application will soon allow travellers to buy train tickets via their smartphone for the very first time.

Currently in pilot testing with a small group of users, and current application users will be automatically notified of the free upgrade once it has gone live.

"With over 750,000 downloads of our iPhone app already, people clearly find it really useful for train information and journey planning but our customers tell us that they want to be able to buy train tickets via an app too," said Richard Rowson, product development director at

"That's why we've extended the scope of the app so that people can buy train tickets and collect from any of nearly 1,000 stations. Soon we will also be enabling the ability on selected routes for the ticket to be delivered directly to the phone as a secure barcode, replacing the need for a ticket altogether."

Available from the Apple iTunes App Store, thetrainline is free and requires the iOS 3.0 Software Update or later.

The makers note, application will be available to download for free for use on iPhone, Blackberry, Nokia, Android and many other mobiles.

thetrainline is a leading independent retailer of train tickets online, who sell tickets for all train companies on all national routes, with access to over 293 million fare and journey combinations. Since 1999 the company has sold to 3.3 m travellers, making over 14m transactions, with over 8.4 million registered users.