On the first leg of a journey from Vancouver to Toronto by train, Fabien, the man in charge of looking after the welfare of passengers on board, was sitting strumming his guitar. He played a few songs and talked about his job.
All kinds of people ride The Canadian train. Some travel not only because they enjoy travelling by train, but because they don't like to fly. I spoke to a lady in her 50s who has travelled across Canada by train since she was a teenager.
Railway Hotels can be found worldwide. Often remnants of a time when rail travel was the way to travel, hotels like the Fairmont in Vancouver were built to accommodate the glamorous train travellers when they stopped over or reached their destinations. This castle in the city was built chateaux style.
These were thoughts I had before my first trip to North America. It was going to be a blog defining, eye opening trip filled with trees, bears and maple syrup. But I didn’t know that yet. Maybe I could have guaranteed the trees and maple syrup.
The first ever Traverse conference was a roaring success. Expertly put together, it featured things bloggers actually want to know as well as food, drink and free massages. The location, Brighton has the added bonus of the Volks Railway, the oldest electric railway in the world.
For the 160th anniversary of India's Railways, I put up a few pictures of trains I took on the lines between Delhi and Agra, and the lines between Delhi and Jaisalmer. The carriages with the bars on open windows are third class. Five rupee masala chai is lovingly represented.
This is a blog about trains. But every now and then I learn about something I feel I need to bring to the attention of others. It might be something to do with politics, or one of my other interests, not for profits. Then it might just pop up here.
I made some calculations recently to see if being on a perpetual package holiday would cost less than living in London. I was surprised to find that it actually might. As a freelance writer, the cost of living in London is just too high when you’re starting out.