Flåm Tickets and Visitor Center


We only spent two days (one night) in Flåm. Given this short time and the fact that I had everything, most importantly our accommodation, the scenic Flåm Railway trip in and our fjord cruise out, booked in advance I had little or no cause to go to the Visitor Center. I had also pre-planned a couple of easy walks and, surprisingly for me, set aside a few hours of doing nothing. There was also the railway museum which I had noted as a must see. Continue reading “Flåm Tickets and Visitor Center”


Flåm Railway – Flåmsbana


The Flåm Railway, or Flåmsbana in Norwegian, opened in 1940. From an engineering perspective this railway is an amazing feat. Europe’s steepest railway, it rises, and indeed falls, 864 metres in a distance of only 20.2 kms – with gradients of 1 in 18 (5.5%) along 80% of the distance. This is quite something for a standard gauge track with not a cog in sight – or indeed in existence. Continue reading “Flåm Railway – Flåmsbana”

Gundagai’s Historic Bridges


The landscape at Gundagai is dominated by three bridges spanning the Murrumbidgee river and its floodplain: the Prince Alfred Bridge, the Railway Bridge, and the new Sheahan Bridge which forms part of the Hume Highway linking Sydney to Melbourne. Continue reading “Gundagai’s Historic Bridges”


Gundagai Railway Station


Gundagai, being roughly half way between Sydney and Melbourne, was for a long time an important transport hub. Sadly, nowadays it is a town most people speed by in a vehicle on the Hume Highway or in a metal tube 30,000 ft above the town. Continue reading “Gundagai Railway Station”


Canberra Railway Museum (Former)


Perhaps the last thing you might expect to find in Canberra is a railway museum and an excellent one at that.

Well, as of mid 2017 you will just have to imagine it as it went into liquidation, closed down and was sold off in pieces. I was devastated. I have retained my review as it was as, firstly, the lead picture is one of my favourites on my blog and secondly to retain it as a historical record in the hope it might interest someone, in addition to me.
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Adelaide Railway Station


As city railway stations go, Adelaide’s central railway station (though not the grand building housing it) is small. There is good reason for this, Adelaide’s metro fleet is small and there are no longer any regular country train services in South Australia departing from here, or anywhere else. Further, interstate services including the famous Indian Pacific (Perth to Sydney), the Ghan (Adelaide to Darwin) and the Overland (Adelaide to Melbourne) now depart from Keswick Station in one of the city’s inner west suburbs. Continue reading “Adelaide Railway Station”


The Last Train Departed at ………..


Prior to the railway coming to Young this site was occupied by the town’s first public school which opened here in 1864 (rebuilt 1873). Continue reading “The Last Train Departed at ………..”


Rookwood Necropolis


Sydney has a population of just less than 5 million. Rookwood Necropolis (Cemetery) has just shy of 1 million inhabitants, if I may refer to them as that. Continue reading “Rookwood Necropolis”


Headhunters Barber Shop & Railway Museum


The last two trains, both steam, one of the Great Northern Line and one of the Sligo Leitrim and Northern Counties Line, left Enniskillen, bound for Omagh and Sligo respectively, on the evening of the 30 September 1957. The following day the Enniskillen Railway Station closed – never to reopen. Continue reading “Headhunters Barber Shop & Railway Museum”


China’s Zero Point

China’s Zero Point

This rather ornate brass marker – China’s Ground Zero – marks the beginning of China’s highways or the point in Beijing from which all distances by road in China are measured. One might imagine that such a marker might in itself have some age – no, not at all, it was set into the ground in 2006. Continue reading “China’s Zero Point”