Workers at two of the country's biggest rail operators were said to be solidly supporting a fresh strike on Saturday in the long-running dispute over guards on trains, causing travel misery for passengers.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union on Arriva Rail North (Northern) mounted picket lines outside stations along with RMT members working for South Western Railway
Northern said only 30% of its services will run while both companies will lay on bus replacements on parts of their network.
The strike action, together with some cancellations on Sunday 18 November, will see Northern running reduced timetables across the weekend.
There will be no Northern services after the Boy George concert at the Newcastle Arena.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: