Borjomi to Bakuriani Train in Georgia
The Kukushka is a 37.2-kilometre narrow-gauge railway line linking the National Park town of Borjomi to the village and ski resort of Bakuriani in Georgia.
The construction of this 900 mm line began in 1897, when Georgia was still part of the Russian Empire and was completed in 1902.
Originally a steam locomotive pulled the open carriages, but since 1966 the line has been electrified and the small steam engine was replaced by an electric “crocodile” locomotive made by the Škoda works in the then Czechoslovakia.
There are eight stops between the start and end stations, with the short journey taking around two hours due to the steep climbs and not very powerful engine pulling the two carriages.
I travelled it in October 2019 when the trees were a splendid autumnal canvass of reds, golds & browns.
Returning to Borjomi by road, we then took the cable car high above the National Park for some splendid views.