Category Train Journeys

Balkans Tour 2017 – Night Train

Originally posted on On Track:
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…

The Pristina Express

Originally posted on On Track:
When Pristina was just a moderate city in Yugoslavia it was an outpost on a vast rail network with Belgrade at its hub and major transit points in Zagreb, Skopje, Sarajevo, Ljubljana, Podgorica, Nis & Ploce. Pristina itself saw trains running to Skopje, Belgrade (via Mitrovica) and throughout Kosovo. Following…

Balkans Tour 2017

I am writing this sat in Ryanair seat 23C – a bargain aisle seat costing just €4 to reserve. As the usual boarding chaos goes on around me it is time to reflect on another hugely enjoyable tour in the east of Europe taken together with my regular travel buddy Hamish. Having regenerated the spirit […]

A Journey To Syria – Part One

Perhaps my favourite ever train journey happened in 2009 as we made the trip from Istanbul to Aleppo in Syria. This is an account of our journey east, starting with half a day in the great Turkish city that straddles two continents……. Once more we found ourselves in Istanbul. We had booked onward trains in […]

Train Tours In Eastern Europe #4

Originally posted on On Track:
Gdansk to Kaliningrad to Minsk to Vilnius This trip started in the home of Solidarity, followed by a bus to the secretive Russian enclave, home of its Baltic fleet, a train to one of Stalin’s favourite cities and finally on to the capital of Lithuania. Gdansk turned into a gem…

On Track

Earlier this month I started my new spin-off blog dedicated to my travels by train and anything else topical related to overseas train travel. I have now posted over 20 articles with plenty of photos from thirty years of overseas train travel, a period that has seen me complete well over 200 journeys outside of the […]

My Top Five Overseas Train Pleasures

Originally posted on On Track:
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. The Flying Scotsman in Yorkshire Could we ever see a renaissance of the Puffing Billy and Stephenson’s Rocket…

On Track

I am pleased to announce the launch my new website http://www.ontrack.blog, a site dedicated to rail travels around the world. This will be a sister site to Wilbur’s Travels focussing on my train journeys around the world. With well in excess of 200 overseas rail journeys undertaken overseas since 1987, I have plenty of material […]

Kotor – Not A Secret Anymore

Medieval Majesty in Former Yugoslavia The ancient walled town of Kotor is beautifully located between an alluring fjord and brooding mountains – an absolute joy; when I went in 2011 it was not that well known, which has all changed with it now firmly on the cruise ship itineries. Like it’s near neighbour Dubrovnik, it […]

European Train Tour #6 – Switzerland

The concluding European train tour of my series sees us in Switzerland, a trip we undertook in 2016. If the earth’s creator had been a train fanatic and had decided to build the ideal setting for his giant train set, he could have constructed Switzerland for this purpose. Brooding mountains & great lakes, sweeping bends, […]