China Tour - January & March-April 2018
China is still the steamiest 'real steam' country in the world but things are changing rapidly and 2020 could see the end. Sandaoling and Shibanxi are still worth visiting for steam.
I was asked to run a January 2018 Winter Standard Gauge Tour (now concluded) and there will be a not-all-steam China narrow gauge tour in April 2018. Details of this tours is available as a pdf file - see right - but please book soon to join the 9 of us already signed up.
Bosnia & Serbia - 2018 Bosnia Tour
Because we like Bosnia and because it still has a few real working industrial steam locos and can be afforded by a relatively small group - we'll be trying again for a tour in October 2018. Click here for the details. The dates are fixed and we have an estimated price. There are 6 places available this tour. Email me if you are interested. Given the limited real working steam remaining in Bosnia, this will likely be my last tour there. Still worth it if you haven't been before.
Java 2014 Sugar Mill Season reports
Bosnia Standard & Narrow Gauge Steam Exploratory Tour 2014 report
Linesiding with John
Feb-March 2016 China Real Steam tour - click here to read about it.
1 May 2018
October Bosnia Tour
Information available below
China Report November 2014 including Rongshan
Feb- March 2015 Tour Report
Java 2015 Sugar Mill Season reports
Bosnia Standard & Narrow Gauge Steam Tour 2015 report
This tour is now completed. Next tour June - August 2019 expected. Contact me if interested.
I wrote a day-by-day blog of this trip but only sent this out as an email to those who request it. The 20+ blogs are now available - click here. We visited all mills which still use steam locos as well as two where a charter was possible, all 6 mills which still had field work with diesels and all of the mills in the Probolinggo, Situbondo, Jember and Madiun areas.
Java - August 2017 Tour
Bosnia May 2016 Exploratory Industrial Heritage Tour report
Click for the report of my industrial steam tour to China in March 2017.
Click for details of my August 2017 Java Sugar Mill Tour. For historical reference only Tour now concluded.
May 2017 Tour Cancelled
For historical reference only.
John Raby
Linesiding with John
John Raby
Linesiding with John
Winter Sandaoling-only Tour January 2018 - click to view the tour information as a pdf. For historical reference only Tour now concluded.
China Narrow Gauge Tour April 2018 now completed -
click to view the tour information as a pdf.
Big Trip 10/16 - 2/17 Blogs
January 2018 Sandaoling Tour Report
Tour concluded 20 January
2018 Bosnia Real and Charter Steam Tour Proposal - click for details - opens as pdf
There is now a photo page of tour members and local scenes. Click here to view.
There is now a photo page of 2018 Sandaoling tour members and local scenes. Click here to view.
The April China Narrow Gauge Tour now completed. Click here for the tour blog. We visited narrow gauge lines in Sichuan, Liaoning and Inner Mongolia and saw tourist, local passenger, coal, reed, salt and limestone railways in action.
Steve Rogers has sent me a detailed report of the January 2018 Sandaoling trip - click this box to view.

Added 1 May 2018
Future Tours

If you are interested in China Standard Gauge Steam at Sandaoling, I expect to run at least one more tour before the end. December 8-17 and March 2019 are the current likely dates.

China NG II Tour with mainly new locations to visit is pencilled in for April-May 2019

Below, you can find details about a 2018 Bosnia Tour - October dates now fixed.

I expect my next visit to Java, Indonesia will be June - August 2019.

If you are interested in any of these tours, please email me to let me know.

2018 Tours - October - Bosnia, December - Sandaoling, 2019 Tours - March-Sandaoling? April-May China ng II, June-August- Java?