Meeting Reports

Meeting Reports

 

Monday 22nd October 2018
The Anniversary tour
Steve Ollive

At our September meeting, our branch chairman, Steve Ollive, gave a talk accompanied by slides entitled"The Anniversary Tour". This was a railway trip for six people all celebrating various anniversaries and birthdays occuring at that time. The trip was from London to Venice on the Simplon Orient Express and from there to Prague via Vienna. The journey on the Simplon Orient Express transported them back in time to an age of luxury, with its polished wood, sumptuous upholstery and antique features, albeit the washing facilities were somewhat cramped. However, the staff were very attentive and the food and drink both excellent. They spent three days in Venice exploring all the main tourist sites aswell as the waterbuses and the whole of the tramway system. Then it was onwards to Vienna via Verona and Innsbruck, where they stayed for a further three days visiting the Tram Museum, the Vienna Technical Museum and hitched a ride on the ferris wheel made famous by Harry Lime. There were a number of trips out on the Austrian southern railway. Finally, they travelled by Regio Jet to Prague via Graz. There they visited the Transport Museum, with its famous Spitfire, explored the extensive tram and train systems, seeing many Skoda and Tatra vehicals and visited many wonderful buildings. They travelled back to London by rail via Dresden, Frankfurt and Brussels.

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