Zig Zag Railway battling adversity to finally get itself back on track
It has been the most frequently asked question from tourists in the area this summer when is the Zig Zag Railway reopening?
The world famous but beleaguered tourist attraction has faced countless trials and tribulations since operations were disrupted for regulatory upgrades in June 2012.
The closure was meant to be maintained until safety issues identified by the Independent Transport Safety Regular were addressed. But mother nature had different ideas.
Floods, fires, and multiple insurance claims later, is there now light at the end of the tunnel? More [Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:20:15 +1100]
Hello everyone from the wilds of Central Burma!
I’m writing to you from Nay Pay Daw, the new capital built from scratch just 10 years ago in a fertile area of rice fields, lakes and rolling hills. The whole government apparatus has been moved here much like Canberra was 100 years ago. It’s a surreal and oddly fascinating place. The albino elephants at grand pagoda are a treat and the hotel here is pure luxury, only a year old and a destination in itself. More [Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:00:27 +1100]
Art That Makes You Wish You Were There
“Some travel posters show you what you’ll see,” said Nicholas D. Lowry, president and principal auctioneer at Swann Galleries in Manhattan. “Others show you what you’ll feel or present you with a fantasy of who you’d like to be.”
Case in point: [url= More [Sun, 26 Oct 2014 09:13:01 +1100]
Is This The Most Amazing Model Railway Ever Made? All 9 MILES of it!
Model trains have come a long way since your Dad bought you that Hornby ’00’ gauge set for Christmas way back in 1972. For proof of the development you only have to look at what Bruce Williams Zaccagnino has created.
This is something else. Literally.
He has made the Northlandz model railroad, and it is based in Flemington, New Jersey.
If you are in the area then you really should go and check it out. More [Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:38:03 +1100]
Rupert's rail trail: Missing Melbourne cat found in Traralgon
A missing pet cat who disappeared from his West Melbourne home and turned up in Traralgon, about 165 kilometres away, is believed to have hitched a lift with a train.
Rupert's owner Bec Gilchrist said she nearly ran her car off the road when she received a phone call from Latrobe City Council to say her ginger cat had been discovered in the Latrobe Valley town, about a two-hour drive from Melbourne.
Ms Gilchrist said Rupert, usually an easily-spooked homebody, had run away from her West Melbourne backyard on February 18. More [Tue, 27 May 2014 20:31:36 +1000]
Bunbury Street webcam Hits the News!
TO the casual onlooker, [url=http://www.railpage.com.au/user/16313/]Michelle Delaney[/url] might just have stopped at Footscray’s Bunbury Street railway overpass to admire the city backdrop, but her eyes are firmly on the track. More [Tue, 06 May 2014 13:38:48 +1000]
Railroad to Nowhere: 10 Haunting Abandoned Railway Lines
Despite being little more than strips of rusty metal laid atop rotting wooden sleepers, there’s something strangely romantic about abandoned railway lines – especially when the tracks are still in situ. Whether it’s their proud industrial history or the lonely sight of their rails disappearing into the undergrowth, these 10 abandoned railroad lines to nowhere have a haunting appeal. More [Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:17:51 +1100]
Rail biking his ticket to see the world
He can recall in vivid detail his adventures on bicycles adapted to glide stealthily along deserted railways, including his final ride on Aug. 8, 2012.
It was along the Payette River north of Boise, and Dick Smart was scouting for a group outing that was to include fellow rail bike enthusiasts from Sweden. “We waded like little kids in the river,” he said.
The plans came to a sudden halt the following day when Smart suffered a seizure back home in Coeur d’Alene. The retired dentist soon would learn he had a brain tumor, and his attention turned to the battle to survive. More [Sun, 23 Feb 2014 17:13:54 +1100]