Tag Archives: Syria

Wordless Wednesday – Locomotive, Latakia, Syria

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Haydarpasa Station, Istanbul

Great news. The iconic Haydarpasa Train Station on the Asian side of the Bosporus will re-open for train journeys from 2019. The station has been closed since 2013 as it was refurbished and the line from Istanbul to Ankara was electrified. I first travelled from there in 2009 as I made my way to Aleppo […]

Wordless Wednesday – Kadam Train Station Maintenance Shed, Damascus

The Railroad In Damascus

Damascus was our final port of call of our 2009 trip (I was with Hamish as normal) with a few days spent in the capital following a bus journey from Palmyra, truly the road to Damascus. There were many highlights of the time spent in the city, but I will concentrate on a railway theme […]

A Journey To Syria – Part Two

The journey continues from part one…….. Ankara to Adana Depart 20.05 Scheduled Arrival 07.25, 674KM Feeling a bit peckish we perused the menu. There is something really special about eating in the restaurant car of a train. I automatically think of Alan Whicker and Murder on the Orient Express, tuxedos & pianists & champagne whenever […]

Wordless Wednesday -Syrian Train, Latakia

Wordless Wednesday – Aleppo Train Station



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 […]

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 […]