China Tour - March 2017 - Completed
China is still the steamiest 'real steam' country in the world but things are changing rapidly and 2017 or 2018 could see the end.See right for the report on the Final China Real Steam tour in March 2017. Sandaoling and Shibanxi are still worth visiting but the railway at Pingzhuang was not operating. The end is near and this was a 'one last glimpse' tour but then I was asked to run a January 2018 Winter Standard Gauge Tour - email me to find out about that!
Bosnia & Serbia - May 2017 Tour
This tour was cancelled.
The participant numbers weren't forthcoming and we had some unresolved issues with the Mokra Gora special trains. We hope to try again, perhaps Bosnia only later in 2017 or in 2018. If you are interested in 'demonstration' shunting with Kreigsloks and full-line charters on the narrow gauge at Banovici, let me know that you are interested.
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.
3 July 2017
China Report November 2014 including Rongshan
Feb- March 2015 Tour Report
Java 2015 Sugar Mill Season reports
I've added some videos to my YouTube collection including PNKA Power Parade Final Fling and Zhanhe, Yabuli, Xilin and Suiling Chinese Narrow Gauge Footage.
Future Tours
If you are interested in China Standard Gauge Steam in Winter, Chinese Narrow Gauge Lines, Bosnian steam or future Java Sugar Mill tours, please email me to let me know.
Bosnia Standard & Narrow Gauge Steam Tour 2015 report
This tour will start shortly. I'll write a day-by-day blog of this trip but may only send this out as an email to those who request it. Please email me to be on that mailing list. Click this box to open an email to me. We plan to visit all mills which still use steam locos as well as two where a charter is possible, all 6 mills which still have field work with diesels and all (or most) of the mills in the Probolinggo, Situbondo, Jember and Madiun areas.
Java - August 2017 Tour
Bosnia May 2016 Exploratory Tour report
Click for the report of my final real working industrial steam tour to China in March 2017.
Click for details of my August 2017 Java Sugar Mill Tour
May 2017 Tour Cancelled but
we may try again later in 2017 or in 2018
I will be in the Harz Mountains for 10 days shortly. Click to email me if you would like to receive my blog
John Raby
Linesiding with John
John Raby
Linesiding with John
Beer delivered by a mallet at the Hotel Altora overlooking the shed at Wernigerode - July 2016

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