Category Train Journeys

Train at Narvik Station, Norway

The Iron Ore Line, Norway To Sweden

An Arctic Circle rail journey from Norway to Sweden In January 2018 I undertook my third trip on the Ofoten Line from Narvik, deep inside the Arctic Circle in Norway. The line runs 43 kilometres from the Narvik to Riksgränsen on the Norway/Sweden border where the line continues through Northern Sweden as the Ore Line […]

The Tbilisi to Baku Train

Georgia & Azerbaijan 2019 – The Tbilisi to Baku Train

Continuing the story of our (Hamish & I) latest adventure out East…………. We arrived at 9.15 a.m. on our overnight train from Tbilisi. I was pretty damned excited having slept well, a feeling enhanced by the fact that I was in a brand new country. The train journey had been very comfortable in our two-berth […]

Split Waterfront, Croatia

Friday Photo – Split Croatia

I visited Split in October 2012 on a rail trip around the Balkans. We started the journey in the excellent Croatian capital Zagreb and then took an overnight train to the Dalmatian Coast to the wonderful city of Split where we were met with Autumnal blue skies and a temperature of 25 degrees. From Split […]

Travelling By Train Across The Balkans, Book by Will Linsdell

Travelling By Train Across The Balkans

My new book is now available from Amazon. Travelling By Train Across The Balkans chronicles my trips over the past twenty years or so in the intoxicating region. It features train travel in Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Northern Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia and European Turkey. The Balkan Peninsula conjures up images of […]

Travelling By Train Across The Balkans, Book by Will Linsdell

Balkan Train Travel

The need for speed has seen Europe investing for many years now in ultra-modern rail networks with state-of-the-art trains running on them. The likes of the TGVs (Train à Grande Vitesse) of France, ICE (Intercity Express) trains of Germany, Austria, Switzerland etc. and Spain’s AVEs (Alta Velocidad Española). The UK is also now catching up […]

Sunday Photo – Azerbaijan Loco, Sheki

The Kukushka Line, Georgia

Borjomi to Bakuriani Train in Georgia The Kukushka (translates as little cuckoo in Russian) is a 37 km narrow-gauge railway linking the national park town of Borjomi to the village & ski resort of Bakuriani in Georgia. The construction of the 900mm wide line began in 1897, when Georgia was still part of the Russian […]

Boarding Ashgabat Railway Station, Ashgabat

Turkmenistan Train Trip

As I prepare to embark on a trip from Georgia to Azerbaijan that will feature a few train journeys, it is a good time to reflect on a trip that I made a year ago from Turkmenistan’s capital Ashgabat and the eastern city of Mary. Ashgabat to Mary by Train Having spotted a train travelling […]

Train Journey From Niš to Sofia 

On a train from Serbia to Bulgaria (Extract from ‘Wilbur’s Travels, Travelling by Train Across the Balkans’)

Hornbill Publishing recently published ‘Wilbur’s Travels, Travelling by Train Across the Balkans’ recounting memorable travels in Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia & Slovenia as well as parts of Greece, Turkey & Romania. Here is an extract from a particularly excruciating journey – all part of the experience! A Train Journey […]

Cannes, France

Le Tour de France – Part One, Côte D’Azur

Perhaps the toughest sporting event of them all, Le Tour de France, is now into its closing few days. Those precipitous mountain roads of the Alps & Pyrenees that they climb make me wince just thinking about them. Hopefully the sport is now totally drug free meaning the event truly is the ultimate test for a […]