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 […]

I wanted to take a scheduled train in Cuba, but as they were said to be extremely unreliable our itinerary with G Adventures did not include one. Travelling by train from Havana to Santiago rather than flying as we did would have been my idea of fun, but at just under nine hours I may […]

On a recent visit to the National Gallery in London, I was struck the most by exhibit NG6479 in Room 41. The painting in question was Monet’s 1877 impressionist oil on canvas entitled La Gare St-Lazare. This is how the gallery describes the painting on their website, followed by the captivating work of art itself […]

in 2011 when Crimea was definitely still in Ukraine, Hamish and I took the twenty-five hour train journey from the Sevastopol to Lviv near the Polish border. Our first leg took a couple of hours from Sevastopol to Simferopol where we boarded a 17 carriage train taking us northwards. This article isn’t about the ancient train with fuming […]

Having drooled over the possibilities presented by Via Rail in Canada, I naturally then looked south towards the USA.  I have long held the idea of taking a train from New York to Montreal and now know that this route is known as the Adirondack.  Eleven hours on the train, some stunning scenery and a […]