A new company has been set up by Mr John Potter, who will take on two of his former colleagues, to re-launch the timetable. "I'm really excited at the prospect of taking this independent business forward, and hope that our new team can build on the success enjoyed by the Thomas Cook European Rail Timetable during its illustrious 140 year history," says Potter.

"First known as Cook's Continental Time Tables and published continuously since 1873 (the only exception during World War II), the unique Thomas Cook European Rail Timetable was seen as the 'rail-bible' for a wide audience of business and leisure travellers, as well as rail enthusiasts of all ages across the globe," says Thomas Cook.

Thomas Cook ceased publishing the timetable, which is the only Europe-wide source of train and ferry times, in August when it decided to axe the publishing arm of its business to concentrate on its travel activities. It had previously discontinued its Overseas Timetable, covering rail, bus and ferry services outside Europe, after publication of the 30th anniversary edition in November 2010. The European Rail Timetable was expanded to include edited versions of the non-European rail timetables with different parts of the world featuring each month.

The new publisher has set up a website and the company will trade as European Rail Timetable Ltd.