Train Travel/Rail Buffs


Train Travel/Rail Buffs

For travel in many parts of the world, choo-choos rock! Here we talk about train travel trips, great rail routes, antique trains, trainspotting... All aboard!

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Comment by Darryl Musick on June 27, 2011 at 12:02pm
Today on The World on Wheels...let's take a trip back in time to the Wild West days. It's a steam train journey along the California - Mexico border:
Comment by The Potters Inn on June 3, 2011 at 6:17pm

The Potters Inn is a historical home in Wilmore and was relocated to this site from across the street when the original site was sold to a development company. One of the city planners insisted that the Inn be placed in such a way as to make it a perfect place for train spotting. I guess she knew what she was doing! My train spotting guests have helped me to see more than "just another train" when they pass by.

Comment by Northeast News on June 3, 2011 at 5:57pm
Well, you really are in a great location, near the RR line that leads NE to Lexington.
Comment by The Potters Inn on June 3, 2011 at 5:24pm
I've got a guest who loves to say at The Potters Inn because he says it's a great location for train spotting. Apparently we are a hub of activity! Often he and his wife head down to the tracks to photograph and video tape passing trains, but they love that they can watch from the porch, or even wake up in the middle of the night to record details on a passing train... They sleep with the window cracked open so they don't miss a sound.
Comment by Reno Gazzola on May 6, 2011 at 1:08pm
National Train Day in the U.S. is tomorrow, May 7th, 2011.  Grand Canyon Railway will be running our Baldwin Mikado steam locomotive No. 4960 with 1923 Harriman-style Pullman cars Saturday and Sunday on runs from 10:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m.  Join in the festivities there or at major Amtrak stations such as Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, DC where passenger equipment is on display.
Comment by Sarah Irving on March 31, 2011 at 2:18am
New post on Green Prophet: Travellers want trains, but what is the Middle East doing about it?
Comment by BuzzInRome on December 15, 2010 at 6:09am

Friendly People, Good Food & a Railway Museum: That’s Colonna (Rome, Italy)!


By BuzzInRome


A 30 minute ride by train from Roma Termini, a unique open air railway museum and great Roman food. Don’t they make up for an exciting and relaxing half day escape?

Colonna is on the Rome-Cassino line. If you disembark and walk down the hill to the supermarket rooftop carpark, you will find a convenient coffee shop for first port of call.

Then proceed across the main road, in fact the old Consul road (Via Casilina - Highway 6) between Rome and Monte Cassino, and the axis of much fighting in World War Two between the German Army and the combined USA/NZ Forces. Immediately across the road and just 100 metres from the main station, is the delightful Ferrovia-Museo della Stazione di Colonna, still being developed by a wonderful team of volunteers.

The museum features a great deal of Narrow Gauge rolling stock, an exhibition gallery in the form of a restored goods shed, the Station Master office and residence and much more. On the ground floor are some wonderful displays from the remnant railway, which used to operate all the way in to Termini. Upstairs there are some railway models and also there is a recreation of a wartime radio signals station.

After this inspiring visit, you may choose to walk 200 metres or so back to Rome and on the left hand side you will encounter Osteria Il Bersagliere with regional fresh flavours to die for and good value, regional prices.

With the distant views across Tivoli and snow-capped mountains in winter and early spring, this location is an absolute delight, local people are particularly friendly and helpful, and both the museum and the restaurant are within easy walking distance of the railway station.  

Happily enough, on a Saturday you can take the afternoon trains (you need to double check on day of travel) for a pleasant run downhill back in to Roma Termini.

What are you waiting for, then?

Comment by Gregory Alan Gross on October 29, 2010 at 4:17am
@NorthesastNews...The reason "the United States can't do any of this" at this point is two-fold. First, we have not invested in high-speed passenger rail in this country in any truly meaningful way from the time the Shinkansen debuted in 1964 until now (and no, Amtrak's Acela does NOT count). The reason we haven't is because Congress, at the behest of a variety of anti-rail lobby groups (airlines, aircraft makers, highway construction, auto, oil), have been trying to kill off passenger rail in this country for decades. The tables are only now starting to turn...and they may yet be reversed if certain political forces get their way.
Comment by Andrea Spirov on October 29, 2010 at 3:33am
Hi everyone =)
When travelling, we always try to take the train. Our latest post is an interview with fellow Tripatini member Jools Stone, featuring his thoughts on rail travel, early experiences, and why he believes more advocacy is in order. Cheers, Andrea
Comment by Northeast News on October 26, 2010 at 8:13pm
Today was a good day for train lovers, but with a caveat. China unveiled the fastest bullet train in the world, and I read that Japan is extending its bullet trains both to the north and to the south. The caveat: Apparently, the United States can't do any of this. Why not?



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