Tag Archives: Train Journeys

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…

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 […]

The Bernina Express

We arrived in the Italian border town of Tirano by train from Como in order to enter Switzerland on the famous Bernina Express. The whole town seemed to exist for the railway and the majority of people who frequented the place on that mid-June day were grey-haired German or Japanese tourists in identical tour operator […]

Where For Art Thou?

After two nights in Bologna and the same in Venice, it was time for our next train journey to Verona. We soon concurred that our decision to skip a break in the journey to take in Padua/Padova was a good one as the rain started to fall. Any notion of a relaxing journey however was […]

Memorable Overseas Train Journeys #5 – Georgia to Armenia

To set the scene, Hamish & I were embarking on an overnight train from rain-lashed Batumi on the Black Sea Coast of Georgia to Yerevan, the splendid capital of Armenia. We had booked a berth each on the overnight sleeper and were hoping against hope that we had a private compartment. Makhinjauri (Batumi) – Yerevan […]

On The Beaten Track – Travels In Eastern Europe Free Sampler Download Link

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Memorable Overseas Train Journeys #4 – Turkey

Journey – May 2009, Ankara to Adana Depart 20.05 Scheduled Arrival 07.25, 674 KM Following the passport dramas at Ankara train station, we were finally able to relax on the Toros Express bound for Adana in Eastern Turkey as we followed our route into Syria. After dumping our gear in our sleeper compartment, we shuttled […]

Memorable Overseas Train Journeys #3 – Spain

Continuing my review of some of my most memorable overseas train journeys……. Shooting forward twenty odd years from my previous memorable train journey, in 2012 Mrs Wilbur and I undertook a mini train tour of Spain taking in Santiago de Compostela, Córdoba, Cadiz and Seville. We pre-booked an overnight train journey from atmospheric Santiago to […]

Memorable Overseas Train Journeys #2 – The Nordics

Interrail trips two and three took me to Scandinavia, the first in 1989 with Poll again and the second in 1992 with Hamish, who was to become my regular travel buddy over the last three decades. The scenery was absolutely stunning and some of the feats of engineering to cut train lines into the dramatic […]