Britain led the way with the invention and development of the modern steam railway, ushering in the Golden Age of Railways and exporting the technology all over the world.
150 years of Outback Queensland Settlements
On a journey into the wild and remote territory of North West Queensland you will find a rich history of settlements established among the black soil plains and rich red Spinifex country around 150 years ago.
Java is one of the most beautiful and spectacular islands of the Indonesian Archipelago, consisting of around 18,000 islands. Often called the garden of Indonesia, Java produces rice and the regular cultivated crops and vegetables,
Scott’s recent suggestion to host a tour to Scandinavia in the heart of an Arctic winter has captured our imagination. The research we’ve been doing to build the tour has unlocked a collection of interesting stories and truly unique elements which we thought we’d like to share.
AN UN-TOUCHED AND UN-DISCOVERED WORLD
Characterised by long, winding tracks nestled in breathtaking landscapes, the narrow-gauge Sardinian Railways have always attracted the attention of travellers. Transporting you far from glamorous resorts and popular tourist attractions is the Trenino Verde,
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.