There’s a good article in Marie Claire about how President-elect Joe Biden has become known as “Amtrak Joe” Will he be using a Presidential train to get around instead of a 10 ton armoured limo? Maybe. He’s been a regular Amtrak user for years and took a train journey in September on the campaign trail.… Read More Will “Amtrak Joe” Biden be taking the Presidential train?
A short clip of The Scarborough Spa Express leaving York on Thursday 24th September. A slightly unconventional angle from the footbridge north of the station as LMS Jubilee class 5699 Galatea (renumbered as 45562 ‘Alberta’) leave for Scarborough. The tour is operated by West Coast Railways as a regular trip. For a list of most… Read More Steam at York
If you’ve ever watched “The Fugitive” with Harrison Ford you will, no doubt, remember the train crash. No models involved, all full size, some of it is still on location. It was filmed on a private/heritage railroad, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Though their website barely mentions ithttps://www.gsmr.com You can see it on Google Maps:… Read More The Fugitive train crash
Further to the last post on Gordon Burley & the 298 Airborne, these slides were found in the same box. It appears that Gordon Burley spent some time travelling through Northern India, The Himalayas and Tibet in the late 1940’s. One unscanned slide has the wording “Journey to Tibet, an illustrated talk by Gordon Burley”,… Read More Further Auction Finds
Marseille is the largest city in south-eastern France with a population of 800,000. It’s metro system is one of Europe’s smallest, with 2 lines and 29 stations, the newest of which, Geze, opened in December 2019. The system was first opened in 1977, on line one between La Rose and Saint-Charles. The rest of line one opened in… Read More The Marseille Metro
The Hamburg U-Bahn (metro) is part of a comprehensive public transport network serving Hamburg, Norderstedt and Ahrensburg. Although U-bahn means underground, most of the stations are overground. Opened in 1912, it is run by The Hamburger Verkehrsverbund (HVV) (“Hamburg Transport Association”), with a total of 91 stations on 4 lines, covering 66 route miles. The network is… Read More Art of the Hamburg U-Bahn
The little wooden (usually) huts & houses you see in the outskirts of German towns & cities as you travel by train are known as Schrebergärten or Kleingärten Weekend garden houses – there’s a good read about them on the trip savvy site. It’s more developed than an English allotment, it’s a weekend getaway, garden… Read More Kleingärten – German Garden Houses.
Something I find invaluable when travelling is a decent left luggage facility. Sadly, most facilities in the UK are now run by private companies not connected to the train operating companies, and are not always open at convenient times. For example, the St Pancras facility is operated by The Excess Baggage Company. It charges £12.50… Read More Continental Left Luggage
Elbbrücken is the newest station on the Hamburg U-Bahn (metro) network. Opened in December 2018 it will soon be joined by a station of the same name on the S-Bahn (overground suburban railway) These titles are not strictly accurate as both systems have sections above and below ground… The S-Bahn station is still under construction… Read More Elbbrücken – Hamburg’s newest station.
Thanks to Geoff Marshall on Youtube for this information & film.Loads of Railway Companies have ‘Rover’ and ‘Ranger’ tickets, but tucked away on the Southern website is one that you may not have heard of. The Southern ‘Daysave’ ticket offers unlimited off-peak (after 10am weekdays) to all stations on its network for just £20. However… Read More Southern’s Unlimited Travel DaySave Ticket