Category Train Travel

Monday Morning Blues – Dogu Express in Turkey

This shot is taken from our train travelling eastwards to Erzurum in the Kurdish part of Turkey as we made our way to Georgia in 2015.

Glenfinnan Viaduct in the Highlands of Scotland

I first traversed the 21 arched Glenfinnan Viaduct in the late nineties, long before the magnificent structure was brought to mainstream attention through the marvellous Harry Potter films. I travelled on the Jacobite steam train back then, something that I repeated in 2009. From the train the pictures were not great, no matter how far […]

New Budapest Nyugati Station Design

According to Railway Gazette International, the competition winners for the embellishment of the iconic Nyugati Station has been revealed. This is how they report it.

Tuesday Train Journey – Batumi to Tbilisi in Georgia

Continuing my weekly series of overseas train trips from down the years…….. To set the scene, Hamish & I were embarking on an overnight train from Batumi on the Black Sea Coast of Georgia to Yerevan, the splendid capital of Armenia, via Tbilisi. We had booked a berth each on the overnight sleeper on an […]

Ashgabat Train Station

Tuesday Train Journey – Ashgabat to Mary in Turkmenistan

Today and every Tuesday I will be posting about an overseas train journey that I have made in the past. am reflecting on a trip that I made in 2018 from Turkmenistan’s capital Ashgabat to the eastern city of Mary. Having spotted a train travelling through the desert northwards from Ashgabat to Dashoguz close to […]

Tuesday Train Journey – Puno to Cusco in Peru

The Puno to Cusco Express One of my favourite train journeys ever is the one I undertook in September 2001 from the shores of Lake Titicaca in Puno to Cusco, gateway to the Inca kingdom in Peru. I am actually amazed that this journey never seems to make the lists of the finest train trips […]

Norway Train Upgrades

On my inter-rail trips of 1989 & 1992 I undertook many train journeys through the glorious Arctic landscapes of Norway and the rest of Scandinavia. There was no way that my travel companions or I could afford a sleeper berth in those days. Hell, we could scarcely afford a beer in those pricey Nordic lands! […]

My Iconic Travel Moments – 2011 to 2019 (#5)

Number 5 – Train to Georgia You may well know by now that I love an overnight train journey – throw in a dining car with fabulous views too and I am completely bowled over! In 2015 I travelled to Georgia from Istanbul, taking a train to the edge of the Kurdish region of Turkey […]

Travelling By Train Across The Balkans, Book by Will Linsdell

Travelling By Train Across The Balkans

My train travel 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 […]

Boarding Ashgabat Railway Station, Ashgabat

Turkmenistan Train Trip

I am reflecting on a trip that I made in 2018 from Turkmenistan’s capital Ashgabat to the eastern city of Mary. Ashgabat to Mary by Train Having spotted a train travelling through the desert northwards from Ashgabat to Dashoguz close to the Uzbek & Kazakh borders, our excitement to be embarking on our only train […]