EXPERIENCE IT ALL ON OUR QUEENSLAND SAVANNAH ADVENTURE NEXT JUNE-
Often affectionately described as ‘a train from nowhere to nowhere’, the heritage listed Normanton to Croydon line was never connected to the rest of the Queensland Rail Network.
Its not hard to argue the merits of train travel, as it’s still one of the most civilised forms of transports ever invented. To find out how far the simple technology of the steel wheel on iron rails has come in the last two centuries,
Touring the world by rail may seem a little old-fashioned, and perhaps images of Paul Theroux in his famous travel book “The Great Railway Bizarre” slugging his way across Europe and Asia in the 1980’s on slow and antiquated trains pulled by gritty steam locomotives was once the fate of the average long distance train traveler but there has been a railway revolution and the humble train is back on the travellers radar.
By Howard Rich
My journey with Scott McGregor’s railway Adventures, March 2016
A motorbike police escort, complete with wailing sirens, lined the route and paved the way for our group of surprised but delighted travellers as we made the 20 minute bus journey through the choking peak hour ‘tuk tuk’ morning traffic from the comfortable Grand Cinnamon Hotel in Colombo to the Fort Railway Station.