Come aboard this grand tour of one of the world’s oldest and most fascinating cultures on a collection of world heritage-listed railways that forge their way into the spectacular landscapes of the Himalayan Mountains. Since its humble beginnings in 1854, the Indian Railways have become one of the largest and longest in the world and with 1.6 million on the payroll, it’s also one of the world’s largest employers. For travellers in India, the railway is a window to their culture and character, the lifeblood of the nation that is used by almost every Indian regularly in all manner of trains, from rustic non-reserved travelling slums to ultra-luxury palaces on wheels and the delightful little ‘Toy Trains’ that climb the impossibly routed railways up to the old colonial ‘hill stations’ of Northern India.
Allan and his wife Patricia operate a small tour company based in the South Island that began in 1988 and lead tours all over New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands. Allan has managed rail tour groups from the USA for the International Railway Travellers Group to both New Zealand and Australia. In addition, Allan is a Train Manager for Dunedin Railways and as such, manages cruise ship and tour trains into the Taieri Gorge and across the South Island.