Having left Wonsan our next stop was Mt Kumgang, three hours drive to the south, and to get there we drove along the (mainly) coastal National Highway 7 (AH6). For much of the way the highway runs in close proximity to the Kumgangsan Chongnyon railway line. Being a bit of a railway buff I enjoyed a bit of train station spotting en route to Mt Kumgang though sadly did not see any trains. In this post I share a few details on the line together with a few pictures of the stations I passed as well as a few other railway related snaps.Continue reading “The Kumgangsan Chongnyon Railway Line – North Korea”
When the fairly typical western style Wonsan (now Old) Train Station was opened in 1914 by the Chosen Government Railway it was certainly nothing special, indeed it was somewhat plain and utilitarian – unremarkable. A momentous event in 1945 would change its status for ever.Continue reading “Old Wonsan Train Station”
On 30 November 2018 a South Korean train crossed the border into North Korea. ‘So what’ – I hear you say – ‘trains cross international borders every day of the week’. Continue reading “Train Travel in North Korea – For No One and for the Leaders”
On both of my visits to North Korea (2014 and 2018) trains and the railway system more generally, within the country and beyond, were only mentioned by guides in terms of the Leaders, the very few on which tourists are permitted to travel and the non-existent service to Seoul in South Korea. The overall quality and reliability of the network and, in particular, the domestic service available to locals was not discussed. Continue reading “Train Travel in North Korea – Trains for the People”
This is the simplest form of Sydney public transport to tell you about as there is only one line, though as I write (December 2017) construction of an extremely controversial line connecting Central Station and Circular Quay via a track down George Street is underway. It will be the world’s most expensive light rail system on a per kilometre basis – if that’s any claim to fame. And that’s before the budget blow-outs occur.
I have digressed. Continue reading “Sydney Light Rail”
A Daytrip Metroticket costs $10.20 and gives you a full day of unlimited travel on buses, trams and trains in the very large Adelaide area. It is valid to 4.30am the following morning. The Daytrip Metroticket is pretty good value if you are going to use public transport outside the free areas(see below). A 3-Day Visitor Pass is also available and costs $26.60. Continue reading “Bus, Tram, Train – Tickets and Routes”
My favourite mode of travel anywhere is by train so it will come as no surprise to my regular reader that I would write a review on the Canberra Sydney train service, limited though it is.
In terms travelling between Sydney and Canberra, in the most efficient and cheapest way possible, I actually recommend taking a bus – see my separate review – Sydney – Canberra by Bus. Continue reading “Canberra – Sydney by Train”
If you have even a passing interest trains this is a must visit place. If you love trains well … what can I say … you’ll be in heaven.
Unlike a lot of “train museums” I have been to, this one is all about the trains – real trains. Continue reading “National Railway Museum – Train Leaving-All Aboard”
Getting to Port Adelaide
Port Adelaide is approximately 15kms from Adelaide city centre.
Unless you are driving yourself – bus or train services are convenient and recommended. Bus and train services are run by Adelaide Metro. For fares etc please refer to my ‘Bus, Tram, Train – Tickets and Routes’ review. For maps and timetables http://www.adelaidemetro.com.au/Timetables-Maps. Continue reading “Getting to and around Port Adelaide”
If you have any interest whatsoever in trains a visit to the National Railway Museum (separate review) in Port Adelaide is an absolute must do. In addition to operating a 457mm gauge railway through the grounds of the museum, the museum also operates this 457mm gauge railway, here in Semaphore. Continue reading “All Aboard……Bill Is Ready To Go..”