Trip Reports

The full reports from trips that I do.

Fedecrail Youth Exchange Sweden 2018

Unusually for one of these trips I start at an airport, not at a railway station. Out of the seven Fedecrail youth exchanges I’ve participated in so far, only three of them have involved flying, Netherlands 2014, Budapest 2015 and Sweden 2018 being those three. As the journey by land would have taken two and […]

Fedecrail Youth Camp Italy 2017

10:30am, Thursday 27/07/2017, an overcast, but dry day at Milton Keynes Central Station. I was pulling up in my car at the start of the longest train journey I’d ever taken. This was going to take 21.5 hours in total. I was on my way to Turin, to participate in the annual youth camp organised […]

Fedecrail Youth Camp, Germany 2016

2007 in Sweden, and a group of young heritage and museum railway workers and volunteers from across Europe meet for the first time. They have a week and a bit of visiting railway museums, working and travelling. A year later, another group meet up in Latvia for the same reason. So Fedecrail (the European Federation […]

Simplex Centenary

Between the dates of 28th of may and 5th of June in 2016 the Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway Society hosted a large event to celebrate the 100th anniversary of a very special type of locomotive. The Motor Rail Simplex was designed in 1916 as a cheap, reliable and easy to operate locomotive for the […]

A Watercress line Wandering

I recently paid a visit to the Mid Hants Railway in Hampshire, Affectionately known as the Watercress Line. I picked perhaps the worst day to go as it hardly stopped raining all day, but despite the rain it was a fantastic day out and is highly recommended for anyone who is a fan of the […]

Fedecrail Youth Exchange Budapest 2015

For the 4th year running, I have had the opportunity to participate in the annual youth exchange organised by FEDECRAIL, the European organisation for museum and tourist railways. This is only open to railway workers between the ages of 16 and 25, and there is usually a fairly small group of between 20 and 30 […]

Buzzrail Ale Trail May 2015

On Saturday the 16th of may 2015 the Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway society held their first beer festival, entitled the Buzzrail Ale Trail, and as an active volunteer at the time of writing who would I be to turn down an opportunity to visit?

West Midlands Day Ranger January 2015

On the 17th of January 2015 a small group of us travelled around the West Midlands of the UK on a West Midlands Day Ranger ticket which allowed us unlimited travel in the specified area (for more information about this ticket, click here). This is the report for this rather eventful trip.