Berlin’s Circle Line

Posted: April 11, 2013 in Germany

Another exciting metropolitan railway – Berlin’s Ringbahn or Circle Line – a nice snowy circle of the city.

Amsterdam to Rotterdam, Netherlands

Posted: February 13, 2013 in Netherlands

A nice example of a powerful northern European main line.

Another glimpse of London’s obverse, with the Lea Valley line – Liverpool St via Hackney Downs and on to Cheshunt.

Video  —  Posted: February 7, 2013 in United Kingdom
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Very familiar territory for me!  The first part of this video especially, where we take a slow ride through the massive railway infrastructure round London Bridge, is exceptional.  The lines thread through the city, crammed in between the buildings of Southwark with trains passing everywhere you look – and with the half-completed Shard looming over all.  I love this stretch of line.

Greek Cab Ride – Drama to Xanthi

Posted: January 31, 2013 in Greece

Here’s a longer ride to get your teeth into – a nice and high quality ride through north-east Greece – almost 90 mins.  Enjoy!

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Flåmsbana

Staying with Norway, here’s a wonderful ride along the Flåm railway – an hour long very steep journey through stunning mountains from the junction station of Myrdal to Flåm on the Sognefjord. This is the steepest standard gauge railway in Europe, descending 863 meters in its 20km length, passing through 20 tunnels on the way.

NSB El 17 at Flåm

This is another release from NRK, who braught us the 7 hour long video of the Bergensbanen journey. They have done a lot of work with railway journeys in the framework of ‘slow cinema’ and I cant wait to see their recording of the Nordlandsbanen – one of the few lines in the world to cross the Arctic Circle – which should hopefully be available one day.

This has also been released as a torrent file, and you can download it here: http://nrkbeta.no/2010/09/03/last-ned-flaamsbana-i-2d-og-3d/

Freight Train on the Nordlandsbanen

Posted: September 2, 2012 in Norway

CargoNet Di 8 hauling freight tain on Nordlandsbanen

The Postojna Cave Railway

Posted: June 30, 2012 in Slovenia

Something really different this time. The Postojna cave features the longest stretch of cave open to general tourist visitors in the world – 3.3 miles. And how do you get through this long stretch? Why, by a small electric train of course! While it may see a bit of an intrusion to run rails into a cave system, especially given the unique life forms that live there, it has certainly produced a spectacular and charming journey.

Postojna train station
The Small station of the cave railway.

Postojna-cave train in front of entrance-side
A locomotive and wagon on display outside the cave.