Interesting Rail Boat and Steam Travel Links

Rail -steam and otherwise

Chemin de Fer de la Baie de Somme
Small restored steam railway passing through a porion of the Somme. Site is in French or Dutch. If visiting the Somme for WW1 history this train ride is worthwhile
Peru Rail Introduces The 'Hiram Bingham' - New Luxury Train Service Links Cuzco and Machu Picchu
Tasmania's West Coast Wilderness Railway  One of the worlds more remote restored Steam Rail route.

Borneo Steam Railway       Scotland by Rail Pass

The Cathedrals Express.
Regular steam haulage excursions from London to Cities with Cathedrals. Unique day trips!!
Mulhouse in the Alsace France
One of the the worlds great railway collections.
Melbourne and Area

If you are visiting Melbourne check out this local website to see if there are any historical days out by old train. Steam Victoria 

Sydney Area


Since 1975 the historic town of Thirlmere in Sydney's southwest has been home to significant rail heritage collection, including over 100 rolling stock items, associated with the history of the railways in NSW. The 5-hectare rail corridor site and much of the collection is owned by the state of New South Wales.

Beamish Steam Museum
The Great War Steam Fair

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Relive the early 20th Century pastime of exploring the Douro valley by train.
The real stars of an historic train ride through the Douro valley are the carriages and the steam and diesel locomotives that pull them. Travelling at 30 kilometres an hour, these trains evoke a time when they were the only connection between Port producing villages and the outside world.

Follow the course of the river by travelling along the Linha do Douro. The railway line from Porto to Pocinho is a remarkable feat of engineering, overcoming the various natural obstacles with the help of 26 tunnels and 30 bridges. The result is an unforgettable journey though scenery of great natural beauty.
The older stations are of particular interest, particularly Régua, which was the most important in the region. The station at Pinhão, on the other hand, is one of the country’s most beautiful, with façades of decorative tiles depicting scenes of vineyard workers and views of the local countryside.

You can also travel along the Linha do Douro in regular trains from Porto, that leave from the city’s old São Bento station. Or you can combine your train ride with the programme of local boat rides. Two great ways to see the river.
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Boats - steam and otherwise

The Waimarie passing the Motel -full steam aheadWaimarie plied the Whanganui River (New Zealand) for 50 years as one of an extensive riverboat fleet, carrying mixed cargoes, River dwellers and tourists until she sank at her berth in Wanganui in 1952.
Waimarie, the only surviving paddle steamer from the golden riverboat era in New Zealand's history, has been salvaged and faithfully restored after lying submerged in the bed of the Whanganui River for 41 years. Click picture to view website.
Each year in August, Rostock invites you to the Hanse Sail. Imposing windjammers, traditional sailboats, museum ships and many other water craft create a spectacle of sails and colour in the Hanseatic city. This is the biggest maritime festival on the Baltic Sea and takes place 10 to 13 August 2006 at the city harbours of Rostock and Warnemünde. Among the highlights of Hanse Sail is the big regatta of clippers and schooners, as well as fireworks on Saturday. A permanent part of the festival is a sea-plane meet at the former fishing harbour of Marienehe.