A growing number of postings on this blog describe intriguing journeys by historic trains in both Europe and the U.S.A., along with visits to train museums and model exhibitions. Here they are, just click to open them:
Bluebell Railway, England: Europe's largest standard-gauge preserved all-steam railway offers a wide variety of experiences. A daytrip from London.
Ffestiniog Railway, Wales: A narrow-gauge steam ride through the mountains of North Wales, for visitors to that land or a very long daytrip from London.
Hoorn, Holland: Ride an ancient steam train across the North Holland landscape, then travel by boat on the IJsselmeer. A daytrip from Amsterdam.
I.O.W. Steam Railway, England. A small country line on the Isle of Wight, with equipment dating back as far as 1876.
Mariazell, Austria. Get there on a very old narrow-gauge mountain rail line, then visit the lake on the world's oldest remaining steam tram.
Miniatur-Wunderland, Germany. The world's greatest model train exhibition is in Hamburg, Germany.
My N-Gauge Railway Model: Re-creating the German Railways in miniature.
New York City's High Line: The trains no longer run, but the tracks are still there, right next to the new elevated hiking trail that cuts through Manhattan's Lower West Side.
Rocky Mountain Ski Train: Ride high through the Rockies from Denver to Winter Park.
Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, England: Ride a miniature steam train to a seaside nuclear station, a daytrip from London.
York, England: Home of the National Railway Museum, considered to be the best train museum anywhere. Get there from London by High Speed rail.
Schneeberg, Austria: Ride up Vienna's "Snow Mountain" on a narrow-gauge rack-rail steam train, then hike to the summit for a view.
Spa Valley Railway, England. Ride 3.5 or more miles through the Kentish countryside in ancient coaches hauled by primitive steam engines. Board at Royal Tunbridge Wells, a short ride from London.
Strasburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A: Ride the Strasburg Rail Road behind steam, visit the state train museum, and have fun at the model train exhibition. A daytrip from Philadelphia.
Var Valley, France: Leave Nice on a narrow-gauge commuter train that takes you along a narrow valley into the lower Alps.
Lansdale, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Memories of the former Liberty Bell Limited, an interurban trolley car that ran from Allentown to Philadelphia from 1900-1951.
More coming, stay tuned.
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