Railway book author Julian Holland talks at the Destination Show
Published 2nd February 2015 by The Times Atlas
Julian Holland, author of bestselling railway books Great Railway Journeys of the World, Exploring Britain's Lost Railways, and Mapping the Railways was at the Destination Show last week, talking about his experiences in rail travel. For your next chance to hear him, tune in to BBC Bristol this Saturday 7th February.
In front of a busy auditorium, Julian and fellow author Monisha Rajesh spoke to MD of Bradt Travel Guides, Adrian Phillips about railways around the world, and their favourite journeys.
Julian revealed his favourite journey as Porthmadog to Caernarfon in Wales. A slow train, the line is only 25 miles long. A 1st class ticket will put you in a Pullman car with waiter service and an observation window at the rear to enjoy the stunning views of Snowdonia National park.
There are three trains each way a day, so the more energetic passenger can stop off and walk up Snowdon before getting the train back.
Last year Julian was invited to ride the luxury Seven Stars train in Japan. Adrian Phillips took his chance at the Destination Show to ask Julian about the experience.
Two TV camera crews came to film him ride the new train, which was launched in October 2013.
The food, Julian was happy to report, was excellent, the service impeccable, and the train spotless. 10,000 gold plated screws were used in the construction of the seven car sleeper train, each with a tiny star on the head to honour the name.
The train stopped off along the way, allowing passengers to visit a volcanic island and hot springs, and to enjoy a helicopter ride.
Finally, both authors were asked about their dream train journey. Julian's answer? All of them!
But if he really had to pin it down... through the Ecuadorian Andes on the recently rebuilt Guayaquil to Quito line. The trip takes about 4 days, carving through impossible terrain and stopping overnight for siteseeing. Find out more here.