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Sunshine from wall to wall, fantastic looking trains, more four wheel wagons than ever and a very cooperative railway made the second metre gauge steam event in Burma an outstanding success. Here is the last picture from the tour:

Mit der Überfahrt nach Zambia ist das Ziel der Reise erreicht. 15A 414 überquert mit einem Güterzug die Victoria Falls Brücke. We reached Zambia! 15A 414 crosses the Victoria Falls bridge towards Zambia.

On the way to Victoria Falls we were able to do some nice shots. Here 16A 611 blasts with loaded coal and covered wagons around the curves before Zanguja. Aus dem Weg nach Victoria Falls konnten wir einige schöne Bilder einfangen. Hier donnert 16A 611 mit beladenen Kohlewagen und gedeckten Wagen eruptiv um die Kurven […]

For the first time the first charter train of one of my tours to Zimbabwe started on time from Bulawayo. Due to the on time departure we could take several nice pictures in the best morning light. Here our train at Westgate. Das erste Mal ist einer meiner Charterzüge exakt püntklich aus Bulawayo abgefahren. Das […]

Both locos we want to use for our tour are in steam today. The third one is in Hwange, also in steam. There are still many things to be fixed – and some I’m asking for months ago will not be fixed, but it seems the locos will be able to haul their trains. Beide […]

A day and a half in Mladejov produced several nice shots of this little railway with the last working Engerth locomotive. Most of the first day was overcastted or rainy, but we found the little gabs in the clouds which enabled us to take some sunny shots. The temperatures have been low for the last […]

Auf dem Weg zurück von Zingyaik, wo sich die Steinbrüche befinden, nach Bago erlebten wir einen schönen Abend. Anbei ein paar Bilder von diesem Tag. ***** On our way back from Zingyaik, the station next to a quarry, to Bago we experienced some very nice moments in the evening. Here are some pictures from that […]

Nach fast zehn Jahren erreichte erstmals wieder eine Dampflokomotive das Depot Mottama. Trotz Brücke ist das Depot immer noch in Betrieb! Das Gleisdreieck zum Drehen der Lok musste allerdings durch uns mehr oder weniger komplett neu aufgebaut werden, damit unsere Lok in beide Richtungen Schornstein voran fahren kann. Die Vorbereitung dieser Reise hat neun Jahre […]

Auf dem Weg nach Süden ist unser Steinzug mittlerweile im Verladebahnhof bei den Steinbrüchen angekommen. Auf dem Weg dorthin sind noch einige Aufnahmen entstanden. On the way to the south our stone train reached its destination – the quarries of Zingyaik. On the way we could take some more pictures.

Mit einem authentischen Steinzug auf dem Weg nach Süden: das hat es seit zehn Jahren nicht mehr gegeben. Die Maschine hält erstaunlich gut durch. Bis auf ein heiß gelaufenes Lager (wird heute am Ruhetag repariert) und einen (genau vor dieser Aufnahme) verstopften Ölbrenner (fünf Minuten Verzögerung) gab es bislang keine Probleme. An authentic stone train […]

Am dritten Tag unserer Reise hat uns im Verlaufe des Tages das Wetterglück verlassen. Ansonsten hat sich auf der Staatsbahn Myanmars noch nicht viel geändert. Noch, denn der Vertrag mit japanischen Lieferanten sieht vor, die Signaltechnik ab Juni 2017 umzubauen. Dann ist die Zeit der Formsignale vorbei. ***** The third day of our tour saw […]

The last survivor of daily real steam operation of Indonesia is Purwodadi. They’re still using two locomotives to pull and push the trains over the bridge to the mill. Sometimes diesel locos are involved in this duty, however. Olean is also using steam, but not on a daily basis. ***** Die letzte Mühle, die noch […]

John Raby was back in Bosnia in May on an industrial heritage tour and what he found confirms that working steam in Bosnia is now normally confined to shunting. At the time of his visit, the Oskova narrow gauge shunt on the Banovici system was also diesel but this was put down to the low demand […]

Im Mai 2016 gab es eine FarRail Tours Reise zu den ziemlich unbekannten Eisenbahnen im Iran. Anbei eine kleine Auswahl von Fotos. Wir beginnen mit dem nördlichen Abschnitt der Transiranischen Eisenbahn: In May 2016 FarRail Tours managed to run a tour to the nearly unknown railways of Iran. Below are some pictures of the tour. We start […]

For the first time on a charter tour to Moldovita we enjoyed brilliant sunshine in the morning. There was no snow, but frost, which made the pictures looking good. We hope for similar weather conditions in October 2016, when we will again charter a train in Moldovita. Das erste Mal, seitdem ich Charterzüge in Moldovita […]

Broad gauge steam in Sri Lanka is quite an experience, but when it comes to authentic looking trains it’s a challenge. Despite all hurdles we managed to get some nice shots from a lovely island with its fantastic people and countryside. Breitspurdampf in Sri Lanka ist eine Erfahrung, aber wenn es authentisch aussehnde Züge sein […]

Real Steam (and Diesel) in Olean

Olean Loco 4 with tender marked 5 (written over no. 4) on the right and 4 on the left hand side did the field works. There are intermill workings to Wringin Anom. Diesel no. 1 is broken, diesel no. 2, now in orange livery, is working. Sometimes they have a diesel from Wringin Anom in […]

Steam in Semboro, Java, Indonesia

At a first glance there were no changes in the operation pattern of Semboro. But: it seems the fleet of truck was enlarged over the recent years. During our visit no train was unloaded, only trucks. Both fireless locos, nos. 2 and 3 were in steam and waited for the next duty which was scheduled […]

Here are some photos of a charter train on the Welsh Highland on Friday 9th, 2014 for the Railway Children charity with Graham Lee’s newly restored Fijian sugar loco (Hudswell Clarke 972/1912) plus one from Boston Lodge works on the Ffestiniog the previous day.   A general view of Boston Lodge works with the Fijian […]

Steam in Vietnam: Cold Survivors

Tran Trong Luu reported from the Fading steam scene in Vietnam (Februray 2014): 1. Thai Nguyen: 131-436 was tranferred to China last month. So now Thai Nguyen still has 4 steam locomotives: 030-1035, 1037 (best, after repair and using spare parts of 1032 and 1034, last check 1/12/2013), 1042 and 1045 still in good condition, ready for running. […]

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