The Galaxy Railways (銀河鉄道物語, Ginga Tetsudō Monogatari) is a 26-episode anime television series produced by Leiji Matsumoto, who also created the manga. It aired in Japan on October 4, 2003. Funimation has licensed the anime for release in the United States.
It has also been announced that on March 25, 2009, an off-take of the series called The Galaxy Railways: Faraway Angels (銀河鉄道物語 ～最果てのアンジェラ～) will be released as a Drama CD. The series has a connection with the Galaxy Express 999 series.
On the planet Destiny, which is claimed to be where the center of the Universe lies the terminals of "The Galaxy Railways". Yuuki Manabu joins the SDF (Space Defense Force) to protect the safety of the Galaxy Railways in honor of his deceased father and brother. The SDF upholds its reputation of maintaining the best transportation schedules within the Universe, while dealing with frequent occurrences along its lines such as accidents, natural disasters, rescue operations and space pirates. All is changed after Yuuki encounters a mysterious beauty named Layla Destiny Shura, whose powers to see throughout the universe can determine the fate of SDF and all lines on the Galaxy Railways.