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Nach 12 Jahren Revison durfte die 141.R.1244 am 10. März 2012 ihre erste öffentliche Fahrt unternehmen. Die Lok fuhr mit 10 Wagen und dem RBe 4/4 1405 als Heiztriebwagen von Zürich HB, Baden, Brugg, Aarau, Olten, Langenthal, Ostermundigen nach Bern. Von dort führt die Fahrt weiter nach Lyss, wo die Lok und die Crew ihre wohlverdiente Mittagspause machten. Am Nachmittag wurden dann der Jura erklommen. Nach der Durchfahrt in Biel ging es hoch nach Sonceboz-Sombeval, Tavannes, Moutier, Delemont. Nach einem erneuten Richtungswechsel führte die Fahrt nach Basel. Mit der Dampflok nun wieder vorraus konnte die Heimreise nach Zürich angetreten werden. In Zürich traf die Lok pünktlich nach einer knapp 11h Reise mit lauten Pfiffen ein. Der Zug war ca 300m lang und rund 600t schwer. Es war die erste öffentliche Tagesfahrt nach der langen 12 Jahre dauernden Revison. Die Mitglieder des Vereins Mikado 1244 haben die Lok einer technischen und vorallem optischen Grossrevision unterzogen. Die Lok ist nun ein Schmuckstück, welches in der frühlingshaften Sonne glänzt, als wäre sie frisch aus den Werkshallen von Montreal Locomotive Works gerollt. Manche sagen auch sie sehe jetzt schöner aus, als bei ihrer Auslieferung. Die 141R1244 wurde im Jahr 1946 gebaut und am 25.3.1947 Inbetriebgenommen. Knapp 64 Jahre später erlebte sie ihre dritte Jungfernfahrt. Die Lok ist Schwerölgefeuert, ihre Schwesterlok(141R568) welche zurzeit in Schaffhausen beheimatet ist wird mit Kohle befeuert. Einige

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Mainline Steam tours during early 2011


A video compilation of some of the steam hauled railtours which took place between February and April in 2011. Featuring the St Valentines express, The Salopian, The Coronation express and The East Midlander.

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Riding Rovos Rail Tours

Riding Rovos Rail Tours


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When you take the step to ride Rovos rail tours you are taking a trip back into history not only with the method of transportation but also into the heart of Africa. This is an exciting way to travel and would certainly be akin to the old Orient Express in days of your but Rovos rail tours is a present day journey available to anyone who makes a reservation. What a way to see South Africa from Pretoria to other parts of South Africa including Tanzania and Victoria Falls and everywhere in between where the rails run or you can be met and transported from the train to another destination.

The Rovos rail tours began in 1989 but the locomotives themselves range in age from 1893 to the 1950s. The locomotives and the carriages have been restored back to their former glory but with modern additions such as electric razor or hair dryer outlets and modern showers. So imagine beginning in either Cape Town or at the company headquarters in Pretoria then putting all of your luggage in one place where it will stay until your journey is completed at the opposite end of the journey. And with this great adventure you will also be able to explore the width and length of Africa and South Africa.

You can take three, seven, twelve, fourteen and sixteen day trips on the Rovos rail tours. Your accommodations are actually on these restored trains and the cabins are at various price points depending on length of journey and optional side trips. As with any luxury tour your transportation, accommodations, meals, recreation and sightseeing are included in the fare. For example you can take a sixteen night golf rail safari where you can golf at the finest golf courses in South Africa. And each night you will return to the train to relax, wash, and eat then sleep with no need to unpack at each destination. And you have your golf clubs and gold shoes and perhaps lucky gold tee too with you on that same train. What luxury.

The seven locomotives are themselves glorious and restored to their former beauty. They may be diesel, electric or steam but they will get you all over South Africa in style with good food along the way. Some of the accommodations cover one half of an entire carriage with a lounge area, full bath and choice of beds. One of the trips available visits a gold mining town with historical mining information and objects. These trains can carry a total of 72 passengers each with 2 people in each suite. So explore the lush forests and wide deserts of Africa by train.

At one end or the other you will either depart or arrive in Pretoria Capital Park, a private train station recreated to look like the original station years ago. This is a colonial style railroad station with a small railroad museum on the premise. With traditional furnishings on the trains and wood paneled cabins you will be traveling in luxury.

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Do steam trains still cross Sydney Harbour Bridge on tours or charters?

I see Heritage Express runs tours north, but via Strathfield instead of over the Bridge…
Thinking of taking one on a private charter, and it’d be nice for my guests who are both rail and bridge enthusiasts.

Any idea??

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Explore The Grandeur Of India With Luxury Tours

India has many popular tourist destinations like Golden Triangle which comprises of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra; Goa, Kovalam, Bangalore, Shimla, Ooty etc. The Indian Government has taken special care of some tourist destinations which have been identified for luxury tours. These destinations have excellent infrastructure and you can enjoy exotic Indian cuisines during your tour of these locations. You can enjoy luxury India tour though three luxury trains. These trains are:

The Palace on Wheels

The Fairy Queen and

The Deccan Odyssey

Let us discuss the tours of these trains in more detail.

The Palace on Wheels will take you to all tourist destinations of Rajasthan. The state has several magnificent forts and its colorful havelis and bazaars are admired a lot by the discerning travelers.The Palace on Wheels has 08 days tour and the train starts from Delhi. It has 14 saloons with attached bath and showers. Each saloon has a saloon captain to provide you personalized service and there is also sound system, games for children, lounge bar, souvenir and well stocked bar that serves scotch, wine and cocktails. The train will take you to the sightseeing of Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Wind, Amber Fort, Jaisalmer, Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Chittaurgarh, Udaipur and Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.

Fairy Queen has a comparatively short 2 days long tour. The train takes you on a round trip of Delhi to Alwar (Rajasthan). It provides you an excellent weekend opportunity to have a short luxury tour. The train has got special mention in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the oldest running steam locomotive train in the world. After sightseeing of picturesque Alwar city, the guests are taken to Sariska Tiger Reserve for an overnight stay. You will be provided lunch on board and Jeep Safari as part of your tour package.

You may enjoy your incredible India tour with one more luxury train – The Deccan Odyssey. The train provides you 08 days long luxury India tour package. It starts from Mumbai, takes you through Jaigadh, Ratangiri, Sindhudurg, Goa, Pune, Aurangabad, Ajanta, Nasik and terminates back at CST Terminus in Mumbai. The train has 21 saloons, two Presidential Suites, 2 coupes, lounge, spa car, attached toilets, luggage store and separate suite cars for those guests who love to smoke. There are also facilities for music, television, money exchange, massage, beauty parlor and business center.

Some more attractions of India Incredible tours include hill stations of Shimla, Manali and Kullu, backwaters of Kerala, sun kissed beaches of Goa, temples of Khajuraho and Ranakpur, wildlife sanctuaries of Kanha, Corbett, Gir, Bandhavgarh and Sariska, Dal lake in Kashmir, Ajanta and Ellora caves, Taj Mahal in Agra and Lakshadweep islands. No matter whether you opt to go for luxury tour or incredible India tour, the scenic beauty of India will leave you simply spell bound.

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Are there train / steam train tours at or near San Francisco?

I went to San Francisco about 6 months ago and picked up a lot of the tourist brochures. I remember picking one up that said something about a steam train ride and I believe it was for muir woods. I can’t find it for the life of me on the internet!

It may have been a little kiddy steam train or a full fledged one but i cant find it.

3 comments - What do you think?  Posted by - January 22, 2010 at 2:28 am

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Tours and Riverboat Cruises in Sacramento

Sacramento, the capital city of California is located in a peaceful valley blessed with leafy canopies, and year round pleasant weather. It has a Mediterranean climate characterized by mild winters and dry summers. The region has low humidity and it rains there between the months of November and March. Sacramento has evolved as a cosmopolitan junction with wonderful sights, monuments, and restaurants, and an entertaining nightlife. With a plethora of luxurious villas, it has become the center of attraction for a large number of tourists.


Also known as a sleepy little town, Sacramento has a lot to offer its visitors as it has an extensive range of historic and educational attractions that can interest people from all walks of life. Once famous for its historic gold rush, Sacramento now has a number of museums and historic sites. You can also experience the magic of the place by taking riverboat cruises and other tours. Some of the tours are mentioned below:


Riverboat Cruises: If you wish to experience the real essence of Sacramento, you need to go on a riverboat cruise. You can board a Victorian paddle-wheel steamer and enjoy the special dining, dancing and sightseeing. These cruises are very famous and the boats used are reproductions of two historically renowned paddle wheelers, namely, the Spirit of Sacramento and the Matthew McKinley. Apart from sightseeing tours, they also offer brunch and dinner cruises. But you need to book your trip in advance so that you can enjoy the riverboat cruises when you plan a holiday.


Southern Railroad Excursion: The Southern Railroad Excursion is also a popular attraction in Sacramento. It takes visitors on a 40-minute train ride along the Sacramento River. You can enjoy cruising along in open-air gondolas and vintage coaches pulled by real steam locomotives and admire the scenic beauty. There are a number of special theme trains and events that are meant mostly for kids. Moreover, Sacramento is a prime location for students to acquaint them with the history of California, as well as to give them an introduction to the government in the capital city.


Limousine Tours: The limousine services in Sacramento are a classy combination of style and comfort. Though the general impression is that these luxurious limousine tours are very expensive, in reality they are available at reasonable rates, and can fit to any budget. These limousine tours are not stuffy, executive affairs, but are full of fun and frolic. Apart from being the most popular choice for business and corporate clients, it is also popular for social occasions such as weddings.


They are committed to providing excellent services for a wide range of events aimed at both the corporate client as well as private customers. They offer safe and smooth transportation to and from the place of event at the best possible rates. Limousine tours offer its customers a wide selection of vehicles such as Lincoln or Mercedes sedans, luxury SUVs, and the new Hummer limousines. If you wish to accommodate larger groups, you can opt for luxurious coaches offered by the limo services in Sacramento.


Delta River Cruise: The Delta River Cruise is very famous in Sacramento. You can enjoy the commentary about the points of interest as you journey along the route narrated by the historian on board, along with a fully stocked bar and lunch services.

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The Best of Sacramento Tours and Excursions

There are so many things to do and so many sights to see in Sacramento. Some of the best and most famous tours include excursions like the American River Parkway, Napa Valley Wine Train Excursions, Riverboat Cruises, Southern Railroad Excursions, Capitol Area, Discovery Park, Governors Mansion, Historic Old Sacramento City Cemetery, Old Sacramento, Sutters Fort State Historic Park, Victorian Houses, etc.


The American River Parkway: The American River Parkway is located at 11257 South Bridge St, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670, and it is spread across 5,000-acres. It is an ideal spot to get away from the heat of the summer by cooling off in the American River. You can spend a stimulating afternoon drifting on the gentle currents, and seeing the various parts of this beautiful parkway. Starting at Sunrise Boulevard and ending at Goethe Park, it takes about three to four hours to meander along the length of the trip. A shuttle service then takes you back to the point where you started from, if required. There are rafts available with the capacity of accommodating 4 to 12 people, as are single-person kayaks. You can also make reservations for renting rafts.


The Napa Valley Wine Train Excursions: The Napa Valley Wine Train Depot is in downtown Napa, near First Street and Soscol Avenue. Their mailing address is: 1275 McKinstry St, Napa, CA 94559. The Wine Train is one of the most distinctive experiences of this area. You can board the Pullman lounge and dining cars, which date from circa 1915-17, which have polished brass, Honduran mahogany, etched glass and fine linen that recall an era when such opulence was exclusively used by the very wealthy. Travelers have a choice of selecting brunch, lunch, or dinner trips, which comprise of seasonably available gourmet cuisine, and the chance to taste some of the best Californian wines. Starting from Napa and ending at St. Helena, the round-trip journey takes approximately three hours, covering a distance of 36 miles. Although jackets are favored at dinner, it is not compulsory.


The Riverboat Cruises: Riverboat Cruises are located at 110 L St, Sacramento, CA 95814. You can enjoy a cruise down the river while dining, dancing and viewing the passing attractions on board a Victorian paddle-wheel steamer. These popular trips are made on the replicas of two historically legendary paddle wheelers, namely the “Spirit of Sacramento” and the “Matthew McKinley.” There are a number of sightseeing trips that are offered, which include brunch and dinner cruises. Prior reservations are a must.


The Southern Railroad Excursions: The Southern Railroad Excursions is located at Front St, Sacramento, CA 95814, in old Sacramento. This is a popular 40-minute train journey along the Sacramento River. Travelers can enjoy the cruise made in open-air gondolas and vintage coaches, which are pulled by steam locomotives, while they marvel at the passing scenery in the company of their family and friends. Special events and theme trains are also very popular, mainly the ones meant for just children.


The Capitol Area Tours: The Capitol Area Tours is located from K to N Sts, and 8th to 15th Sts, Sacramento, CA. You can stroll along this twenty-block locality to get a feel and knowledge of Sacramento’s history. You can also drop by the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau for a catalog on the walking tours of the historical architecture of the city. You will be able to see that the state government offices have now taken over a lot of Victorian homes and other buildings in the area. Some of the other attractions of the area include the Stanford Mansion and the Capitol Mall. Following a pleasurable tour, you can unwind in the lovely landscaping of the Capitol Park, and visit the memorials, like the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial.

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