Ian Cooper left the band in early 1995 and live performances were put on hold while a replacement was sought and a new album was written.
Recording of BBT’s second album commenced in July of 1995 (with Greg filling in on keyboards) and continued, sporadically, until completion 18 months later. During the sessions, a new keyboard player, Tony Müller was recruited. Some of the songs from the new album were debuted at the band’s only show from this period at the Astoria, London. ‘English Boy Wonders’ was finally released in autumn 1997, although in an incomplete state as the band had run out of money to finish the album.
Steve Hughes left Big Big Train in September 1998 and went on to join The Enid. He was replaced by Pete Hibbit. After disappointing sales of English Boy Wonders, they were dropped by their record label, GEP.
Big Big Train re-grouped, built their own studio and decided to carry on as an independent band.
In February 2002, the third BBT album, ‘Bard’ was released. At the same time, Steve Hughes rejoined BBT.