THE LUNATIC EXPRESS

This epic 18 hour journey, famously named by Charles Miller in his 1971 book "The Lunatic Express: An Entertainment in Imperialism" traverses a route of over 330 miles in length, passing through two National Parks (Tsavo East & West) and links together the two major Kenyan cities of Nairobi and Mombasa. 

Date: 27th April 2016

Country: Kenya

THE OLD SLOW TRAIN

The Fianarantsoa-Côte Est railway connects the high plateau city of Fianarantsoa to Manakara, a port town on the Indian Ocean.  Built by the French between 1926 and 1936, the train chugs along the 163 kilometer colonial railway route in around 8 to 12 hours – but sometimes much more. 

Date: 21st April 2015

Country: Madagascar

THE LOCAL WAY

Cecil Rhodes once envisaged that the rail route to Victoria Falls would form part of the Cape Town to Cairo route, but today, the train along with its British built 1950's wooden paneled rail carriages is a true African adventure and a perfect way to arrive at the majestic and beautiful Victoria Falls.

Date: 8th and 9th December 2017

Country: Zimbabwe

CITY TRAIN

This City Train rumbles through the suburbs of Dar es Salaam, from Central station to Ubongo Maziwa in around 45 minutes.  It's designed for commuters so don't expect it to get you anywhere useful, but it'll give an insight into Dar es Salaam local life from an open train carriage window. 

Date: 27th February 2018

Country: Tanzania

 

BUS CARRIL

Lost and forgotten (and way off the tourist trail), this sweet little railway connects dozens of small rural villages on the Eastern edge of the Andes.  The train, which isn't really a train as we know, is a converted bus that is locally known as "Bus-Carril".  A journey on this will open up a whole new meaning to rail travel. 

Date: 30th April 2017

Country: Bolivia

NARIZ DEL DIABLO

Known as the "Devils Nose" (Spanish: Nariz del Diablo), this little bus-train drops a massive 500 meters in elevation in just 12 km of track. It is marvelous piece of engineering, with the route made possible only through the use of switchbacks meaning that the train reverses down parts of the mountain. 

Date: 2nd July 2008

Country: Ecuador

 

JANAKPUR'S LIFEFLINE

A railway that once was the lifeline of a little town in southern Nepal, has since 2014 ceased to operate. It connected the Indian town of Jaynagar to Janakpur providing communities a means of transporting produce and goods across the border. It may be gone but the memories of the little train will remain. 

Date: 7th and 8th September 2007

Country: Nepal

MAE KLONG MARKET

As the Ban Laem to Mae Klong Commuter train approaches Mae Klong Market, the vendors calmly push back their produce and patiently wait for the train to pass inches from their stalls.  Within seconds of the train passing, the canopies and stalls are back over the tracks; and its like nothing ever happened. 

Date: 2nd March 2018

Country: Thailand