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Mists rolling over cavernous Glens and Lochs, woolly mountain cattle grazing on rocky hillsides, castles of fame and tragedy towering over their surroundings, fireside whisky in warm pubs, and the haunting sounds of bagpipes drifting on the breeze. Scotland is at once romantic, wild, majestic, and characterised by those enterprising and fiercely independent people that Winston Churchill famously declared, “Of all the small nations of this earth, perhaps only the ancient Greeks surpass the Scots in their contribution to mankind.” Some of the most spectacular scenery and the UK’s highest mountains are to be found in Scotland, extending from the English borders, up through the Lowlands and the Highlands, to the Orkney and Shetland Islands.

Cambodia by Private Train

Welcome to your special ‘one-off’ rail tour of the fascinating kingdom of Cambodia by private train covering every section of the royal Cambodian railways. The Kingdom of Cambodia in South-East Asia has recently refurbished its former French Colonial metre-gauge railway, which is now an active freight carrier with a skeleton passenger service. There are two rail lines, totalling 612km of single-track with passing loops. One route goes north-west from Phnom Penh the capital, to Poipet, where there’s a connection to the Thai railway network. The other line goes southwest to the port at Sihanoukville on the south coast. We are chartering a train to give us a week of rail travel in a program to traverse the whole of the Royal Railway network using YDM4 locomotives to haul our train to both Poipet and Sihanoukville.

This South American adventure will take you on a three-week trip from Argentina and through Bolivia, finishing up in Peru. Travel from the iconic city of Buenos Aires to Tucuman and visit the famous wine region of Cafayate. Traverse the country on the iconic ‘Tren a las Nubes’ and continue the journey through the incredible landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats to La Paz in Bolivia. In Peru, visit the highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca, and the UNESCO World Heritage-Listed site of Machu Picchu. This journey will bring you to many of the region’s must-see sites, but you’ll also explore some rare and fascinating off-the-beaten-track tourist destinations.

Experience the heart of Australia’s food bowl, stopping at regional towns and attractions throughout the Riverina. You will also travel on rail lines that don’t have scheduled passenger services, making this a real adventure. Come with us to discover acclaimed wines, taste gorgeous fresh produce and explore the natural scenery throughout the region.

North by North West – A northern NSW Odyssey by Private Train

From coast to inland plains, volcanic ranges and classic country towns this adventure celebrates the variety that the northern regions of NSW have to offer the Railway Adventurer. From the window of your trains and coach, an ever-changing vista of our coastal and country landscapes will be on show. For most of the tour you will be rolled along on rarely visited country rail lines on board a comfortable classic 1960’s heritage doubleended Railmotor, the pride of the fleet at the volunteer-run Rail Motor Society at Paterson in the Hunter Valley. We will visit them along with a wonderful long list of special museums, homesteads, and observatories together with charming country cities, towns and villages.

The route we take begins with the boarding of our Railmotor for the journey up the coast to the popular holiday city of Port Macquarie. We introduce the legacy of the timber industry and the associated connection with narrow gauge railways at Wauchope before ascending the ranges via Bellingen to Dorrigo and along the Waterfall Way to Armidale. The New England is a land unto itself with Armidale it’s unofficial capital. Fine homesteads, churches, schools and wineries grace this wealthy city.

We continue our cross country rail journey down the tablelands via the grand junction station of Werris Creek to the sleepy former railway hub of Binnaway. The Warrumbungle Ranges are on hand for us to explore, just west of Coonabarabran, with their ancient towering volcanic plugs, unique native bush, and world class observatories.

Down the old Mudgee branch line is Dunedoo and then Gulgong where we settle for a couple of nights in the heart of this heritage listed Goldrush town. Enjoy side trips to historic Mudgee, and award winning wineries and restaurants before capping it off with a sunset soiree at Ruwenzori Retreat, Scott McGregor’s private mountain top hideaway. The last day takes us on the normally inaccessible freightonly line down the Goulburn, Bylong and Hunter Valleys to Sydney. Thus Completing a wonderful adventure taking you North by North West across a great chunk of country and coastal NSW.

The 1880’s saw a number of Nation building events that inspire the core of this adventure across Southern Queensland and Northern NSW, notably the linking of states by rail in 1888 at the border town of Wallangarra. Not long after that, Sir Henry Parkes arrived by special train to Tenterfield and marched up to the School of Arts where he delivered his famous ‘Tenterfield Oration’, paving the way for the states to push ahead with Federation. Nation building, railway revolutions, and the border lands of NSW and Queensland are pivotal themes in this exciting adventure. Travel from Brisbane to Ipswich, Toowoomba, and Warwick, before taking the rare chance to travel by steam to the border at Goondiwindi. Further explorations around the border country and the New England by privately chartered railmotor expand your horizons before we return by specially chartered steam train on the Great Northern Railway, the original Sydney to Brisbane line across the Granite Belt to Stanthorpe and Warwick, and our final hurrah back in Toowoomba.

Accreditations: A14416
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