queenpilatus 690x495 - Queen Victoria in Switzerland - Pilatus

The third installment in this Switzerland series covers Queen Victoria’s trip to Pilatus. This took place just a few days after the Rigi venture, in fact today (31st August) is exactly 150 years since the Queen made her ascent of Pilatus. There’s very little said about the Queen’ ascent. ReportsRead More →

queenvrigi 690x495 - Queen Victoria in Switzerland - The Rigi

It’s less than half as high as Switzerland’s tallest mountains, yet the Rigi has held many in its grip, from writers like Mark Twain, to painters including JMW Turner, and composers such as Richard Wagner…. According to the bible of 19th century travel guides for European destinations, John Murray’s Handbook,Read More →

derschweizfi 690x495 - Queen Victoria in Switzerland

England’s favourite Queen, Victoria, spent an entire month in Switzerland a hundred and fifty years ago during August and September 1868. She was stationed in Lucerne but spent many a day travelling through the country in her favourite carriage, the Balmoral Socialble, or trekking on her favourite ponies, Flora andRead More →

schollenenfi 690x495 - Driving thro rail tunnels for fun!

Whilst discussing the Gotthard Bahn the other week I got this idea for a couple of ‘road trips’ through some railway tunnels. Generally no-one can just drive cars through any railway tunnels, but what I am about to discuss is very different! Take for example the Schöllenen railway. Some ofRead More →

01011233fi 690x495 - The Gotthard Bahn

The Gotthard Railway is one of the world’s most spectacular railways. It was a very difficult line to build however it set the standard for mountainous terrain which railways needed to traverse. It too had the world’s longest tunnel, although that was eventually superseeded by the Lotschberg and ultimately theRead More →

geo ewerfi 690x495 - Ewer's Grey-Green Coaches

It is over 20 years since the famous Grey-Green coach company ceased to exist. The transport world’s popular household company had been bought out by Cowies, and on 1st January 1998 it became part of the Arriva group. In April 1998 the registered company’s name was signed off into history.Read More →

DSC 0529 690x495 - Thameslink's 30th Anniversary

The new British Rail services known as Thameslink were opened by Princess Anne on this day 30 years ago. Full services began between Bedford and Brighton on 16 May 1988. Some services also went to Guildford (these were later cut back to Sutton.) The line’s expansion and its first automaticRead More →

IMG 6551fi 690x495 - Unusual rail crossing in London!

Angerstein wharf branch accommodation crossing in South East London. It’s fascinating and a must see – especially for those who never leave the City – like me! This must be the only one like it in this country and its almost on a par with the foot tunnel under theRead More →

DSC 0479fi 690x495 - 150 years of the Swiss Cottage line

Today is the 13th April 2018 (and its a Friday!) 150 years ago on this day the Metropolitan and St. John’s Wood Railway was opened – the opening day in 1868 was on a Monday! The Metropolitan and St. John’s Wood Railway was first incorporated on 29 July 1864 andRead More →

IMG 1903fi 690x495 - Ffestiniog Railway at King's Cross

The iconic setting under the large concourse roof at King’s Cross station was once again a setting for the famous Ffestiniog railway. Two of its locomotives plus the replica Ashbury carriage, built at Boston Lodge Works, formed the centrepiece of the exhibition just a month ago. The locomotives were Velinheli andRead More →