‘Like many children in Great Britain I owned a model railway from the age of about eight. In the 1970’s I found a journey on an InterCity train pantwettingly exciting. The big Class 45 diesel trains used to thunder through my suburban station on their way to mystical and faraway places like Bedford Midland or Kentish Town. Travelling unaccompanied by an adult, I felt – as best a ten-year-old boy could – like a real explorer. A man with long silver hair on the television told me that “This is the age of the train!”.
Whilst studying for a geography degree at university, I took advantage of the long summer breaks to explore Europe with a magical ticket called an Interrail pass. I joined the international community of Interrailers sleeping on station platforms and various night trains trundling around Europe. It was pretty addictive, and I just couldn’t put my trusty Thomas Cook European Timetable down. Sadly before too long, my career got in the way and my cheap rucksack, battered sleeping mat and well-thumbed rail timetable were retired to the attic next to my train set.
In 2012 I changed career and found myself for the first time with the ideal combination of resources to rekindle my love of rail adventure on an altogether bigger scale – some money in the bank, plenty of time and a large-scale 1956 edition National Geographic map. I decided to become a writer.
I have now completed many long range rail journeys from my home in the United Kingdom, reaching destinations such as Hong Kong Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo by ship and train. In 2016 I successfully completed a solo journey on the longest and highest railways in the world, to reach Tibet by train. More recently I have discovered the railways of the amazing Caucasus region and also begun to travel extensively on the railroad in the United States. In 2020 I will be taking my first Saharan trip, onboard the iron ore train in Mauretania. I’m always seeking the next great rail adventure.
I have had three books published so far on my adventures and am currently researching and writing on the next one in “The Engine Shed”, my home in a quiet corner of West Sussex, England. I hope you enjoy reading about my travels and that they might inspire you to embark on your own adventure by train.’