2011 – Budapest to Bucharest to Chisinau to Odessa to Sevastopol to Lviv to Kiev. This trip featured four overnight journeys, my longest ever single train journey, an overnight bus trip from hell, my greatest ever museum, a bus trip to a rogue Communist state and enough comical moments to fill at least a couple […]

My favourite station ever visited is New York’s Grand Central. Until my recent trip to St Lazare in Paris in search of Monet’s impressionist inspiration, it was the only station I had ever been to not to travel but just to look around. Not only that, it was amazing to visit at rush hour when […]

The UK is getting all train nostalgic with the now regular trips that can be undertaken being pulled by such iconic engines as the Flying Scotsman, Brighton Belle and now the Tornado. Could we ever see a renaissance of the Puffing Billy and Stephenson’s Rocket I wonder? Almost certainly not, so we will have to […]

I visited Albania in the Autumn of 2007 and undertook two train journeys, one a return from the capital Tirana east to the Adriatic coastal city of Durres and the second northwards to the lakeside city of Shkodra en route to Montenegro. In planning for the trip I read that Albanian trains were extremely unreliable, notoriously […]

“Thomas Cook don’t run trains,” I hear you utter. You would be correct that they do not nowadays, but the company owe their very existence to the age of steam trains. Thomas Cook the travel company was born 175 years ago in July 1841 and started life out by organising UK train trips starting in […]