Category Overnight Train Journey

Balkans Tour 2017 – Night Train

No trip around Eastern Europe would be complete without an overnight train journey. One day there will probably be high speed routes and super modern trains in the region, making slow progress through the night a rarer experience – a huge loss in my opinion. For now there are still plenty of opportunities to bunk […]

Wordless Wednesday – The Skopje to Belgrade Express

Wordless Wednesday – Belgrade Arrival

Travels in Eastern Europe

Shortly I will embark on my latest journey east with my regular travel buddy Hamish. We have a rough itinerary mapped, a couple of Airbnbs booked and flights from and to the UK (the latter should say hopefully thanks to Ryanair’s latest PR own goal!). Apart from that we have little certainty as to whether […]

Train Tours In Eastern Europe #2

Istanbul to Thessaloniki to Meteora (Kalambaka) to Skopje to Niš to Sofia This was my first European train tour since my third and final inter-rail trip in 1992. 2006 was the year and the tour was not what we had to intended to do at all. Our plan had been to take the Toros Express […]

My Top Five Overseas Train Pleasures

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 […]

Canada’s Via Rail

This year marks the 150th ‘birthday’ of Canada on the basis of the Dominion of Canada being created on the 1st July 1867 by way of the British North America Act.  There are actually several different ways you could define the ‘age’ of Canada in its present form – see the excellent article written by Christa […]

MEMORABLE OVERSEAS TRAIN JOURNEYS #5 – GEORGIA TO ARMENIA

To set the scene, Hamish & I were embarking on an overnight train from rain-lashed Batumi on the Black Sea Coast of Georgia to Yerevan, the splendid capital of Armenia. We had booked a berth each on the overnight sleeper and were hoping against hope that we had a private compartment. Makhinjauri (Batumi) – Yerevan […]

MEMORABLE OVERSEAS TRAIN JOURNEYS #4 – TURKEY

Journey – May 2009, Ankara to Adana Depart 20.05 Scheduled Arrival 07.25, 674 KM Following the passport dramas at Ankara train station, we were finally able to relax on the Toros Express bound for Adana in Eastern Turkey as we followed our route into Syria. After dumping our gear in our sleeper compartment, we shuttled […]

MEMORABLE OVERSEAS TRAIN JOURNEYS #3 – SPAIN

Continuing my review of some of my most memorable overseas train journeys……. Shooting forward twenty odd years from my previous memorable train journey, in 2012 Mrs Wilbur and I undertook a mini train tour of Spain taking in Santiago de Compostela, Córdoba via Madrd, Cadiz and Seville. We pre-booked an overnight train journey from atmospheric […]