From Krakow to Rome: the Tyrolean Way

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Oct 202017
 
From Krakow to Rome: the Tyrolean Way

By train through the Brenner Pass, and lots more! Alan Heeks writes… I suspect that most British train lovers, like me, mostly travel across Europe to and from London – radiating out from the Eurostar. Belatedly I’m realising that I’ve missed out on some great rail journeys that run across these radial routes from England. […]

Perfection on rails: The VSOE British Pullman

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Jan 292017
 
Perfection on rails: The VSOE British Pullman

The re-creation of the British Pullman is a classic British story of eccentric, visionary wealth allied to traditional craftsmanship. James Sherwood rescued carriages from weird locations and states of disarray. Bob Dunn, whose grandfather made marquetry for the original cars, was one of a host of dedicated restorers. Now, for a princely sum, you can […]

PARIS – MILAN: the slow-fast train

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Jan 092017
 
PARIS - MILAN: the slow-fast train

I go to Italy by train every couple of years, as one of my best friends lives in Liguria. It’s a great train destination, as there are so many options, most of them scenic. The fastest way by train is with the Paris – Venice Sleeper: this tips you out at Milan about 5am, which […]

Adventures around Dartmoor – with the Withered Arm

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Oct 042016
 
Adventures around Dartmoor - with the Withered Arm

This blog is artfully designed to suit both general hikers or cyclists, and railway lovers. Just choose your section! For hikers and cyclists On summer weekends, you can do a great trip right around the edge of Dartmoor: the cycling/walking distance is around 24 miles, and the rest can be done by train. The key […]

Do Sleeper Trains Resemble their Country’s Leader??

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May 102016
 
Do Sleeper Trains Resemble their Country’s Leader??

Insights from Europe’s Sleeper Trains The Paris – Venice Treno Notte has advanced my insights into the special ways that so-called sleepers help me, and maybe other seekers for truth. The France – Italy sleepers are now run by an outfit called thello. As the name already suggests, this is a new private venture, and […]

Train Lovers: The London Underground as a spiritual map

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Jan 282016
 
Train Lovers: The London Underground as a spiritual map

It was in a lull on a retreat group recently that I realised I was musing on the spiritual significance of the Northern line at East Finchley.  This is where, after twenty-one miles of tunnel, the Tube emerges into daylight: much as a travailing soul find illumination after the long darkness… This blog is intended […]

Train Lovers: FACT! Virgin XC more reliable than DB Intercity Express!

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Jan 282016
 
Train Lovers: FACT! Virgin XC more reliable than DB Intercity Express!

I travel to Germany by train most years, and this year I finally realised that my major frustrations with Dutsche Bahn are not just bad luck, it really is bad.  Online research quickly confirmed this: the average reliability of DB’s ICE (InterCity Express) trains has been around 75% for several years, whereas the recent figure […]

Train Lovers: What trains can teach us about relationships

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Jan 282016
 
Train Lovers: What trains can teach us about relationships

Insights from a zugteilung in Hanover The special overnight trains which in English we hopefully call sleepers, are in Germany sensibly called Nachtzug, night trains.  No false expectations there.  In fact, I’ve used the Nachtzug many times, and they’re very comfortable. However, my recent German holiday involved getting onto the night train in Hamburg at […]

Train Lovers: Why steam trains matter, and Dampfloks are AOK

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Jan 282016
 
Train Lovers: Why steam trains matter, and Dampfloks are AOK

As I glide into my vintage years, I have come to realise that trains and railways are a great way to understand and interpret the apparent confusions of modern life.  You will find some examples of this approach in my blog.  I’m glad to be old enough to have main line steam as part of my […]

Feb 062014
 
What trains can teach us about relationships Insights from a zugteilung in Hanover

The special overnight trains which in English we hopefully call sleepers, are in Germany sensibly called Nachtzug, night trains. No false expectations there. In fact, I’ve used the Nachtzug many times, and they’re very comfortable. However, my recent German holiday involved getting onto the night train in Hamburg at 00:31, and off in Cologne at […]