Category Train Travel

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 […]

Place Stanislas, Nancy, France

Fancy Nancy in the Lorraine region of France

My first foreign jaunt since the first lockdown so me & Mrs Wilbur venture to France on Eurostar in November. We were met at St. Pancras with monster queues due to the extra checks and the fact that only 2 people were manning the French passport control. This led to a departure delayed by 30-minutes. […]

Gare de L'Est, Paris

Sunday Photo – Train Stations in France

Having clocked up a fair few overseas train journeys since 1987, I undertook my first for two years last weekend. Arriving by Eurostar, it was a short walk from Paris Gare du Nord to Gard de L’est before taking the slick SNCF train the one-hour forty minutes to Nancy in Lorraine. I will blog some […]

Locomotive, Sheki, Azerbaijan. Wilburstravels.com

Sunday Photos – Train in Sheki, Azerbaijan

Oh how I long for an overnight train journey again – that would represent a long overdue return to normality. The last such journey I undertook was in late 2019 with journeys from Baku to Sheki and back sandwiching a single nights’ stay in the fine city slightly off the beaten track. The train arrived […]

Khiva Train Station

Monday Morning Blues – Uzbekistan Train Stations

I have magical memories of my 2018 trip to Uzbekistan. We zipped about on the train taking in Bukhara, Samarkand, Khiva & Tashkent. Here are a couple of the station buildings.

Hejaz Railway Station, Damascus

The Railroad in Damascus

I count myself incredibly lucky to have travelled to Syria in 2009. My trip there counts as one of my all time best – little did I know of the horrors that were soon to unfold, as I received an incredibly warm welcome everywhere I visited from the smiling locals. The whole country appeared so […]

Istanbul to Thessaloniki Train

A-Z April Challenge – N Is For Night Trains

Anybody that follows Wilbur’s Travels will know that I adore an overseas train journey and absolutely adore an overnight train. They have to be one of the bargains of our time, being transport, hotel & restaurant rolled into one. And environmentally friendly too! Favourite overnight train journeys have included Bangkok to Laos, Hue to Hanoi […]