Manilia and the Phillippines by train
A stunning archipelago of over 7,000 sub-tropical islands, the Philippines do not feature on your average traveller’s itinerary! This country has a long and infamous history.
However it’s also got a lot of very beautiful scenery and a wonderful laid back atmosphere and people who take the laid back attitude of the Spanish and add some extra heart to it.
There isn’t that much of a rail network in the Phillippines in fact train travel is limited to one line running from Manila to Naga! but if you’re in Asia on a rail tour then the Phillipines is easily accessable from Japan, China and other SE Asian countries.
There is actually a fair amount of history with railways in the Philippines. There is a mailling list and website about trains there run by an Aussie.
Within Manila you can find several light railways and this link (PDF) has a thorough history of the Manila Metro.
Overall for the serious train buff in Asia the Phillippines is worth a visit to see some the wonderful sights and meet the people, but don’t expect to find that many trains!
Railway history in London
London has one of the longest historys of train use in the world, and is home to the first subway the London Underground which started in 1863.
The London Underground has a long history and consequently many changes to its rolling stock and operations.
You can visit the London’s Transport Museum in London to see lots of old trains, and discover the history. There is also a depot which has a large collection of buses.
National Railway Museum in York, UK
The UK has a long history of train travel, from the conception and development of the first steam train, The Rocket, by Robert Louis Stevenson to fairly high speed services (used to be Intercity 125).
York is home to the National Railway Museum which has a massive collection of trains from all over the world from all eras, and archives and events.
York, UK is located on the North East side of England and in itself is a very beautiful historical city. There are many interesting places to see and lots to do. York railway station is also a fantastic piece of architecture.
All in all it’s well worth a trip to York for a day out or a weekend break. More information on York here.