Great Southern Rail – Australia

Explore Australia in Style in one of Great Southern Rail’s Private Carriages

From April 1 2013, Great Southern Rail introduced a range of changes to enhance their guests’ experiences. One of the most significant was the introduction of all inclusive fares for Private, Platinum and Gold Service fares.

For Private, Platinum and Gold Service guests all meals, standard alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages and Off Train Excursions are included in the fare, and their all-inclusive rail service levels offer guests a level of comfort and style while enjoying the adventure of travelling in Australia.

Private Carriage Hire

Great Southern Rail’s Private Carriages offer a unique environment for a business meeting, up-market tourists or groups travelling together.

Advance bookings are essential for Private Carriages and can be booked in conjunction with Gold Service, so large groups can be catered for.

Chairman’s Carriage
This is the ultimate in luxury – a private carriage sleeping up to eight people.

Two deluxe cabins with double beds share a two-way bathroom, and there are two twin cabins with adjacent bathroom facilities which each convert to a three-seater lounge during the day.

The Chairman’s Carriage has a large lounge area which can be configured for relaxation (with CD, video and DVD player), or for business with a large table for dining or boardroom-style meetings. It also has its own kitchen.

Private charters are available from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Alice Springs or Darwin, utilising any of Great Southern Rail’s three trains.

Sir John Forrest Carriage
The Sir John Forrest Carriage is an excellent choice for business meetings on the move, or for hosting private meals in intimate but unique surroundings.

The large lounge area can be converted for business meetings with a boardroom table seating twelve, with video, DVD and Power Point facilities linked to a large screen. The carriage has its own kitchen and bar.

Up to six people can be accommodated in the cabins, in one double and two twin cabins each with en suite bathroom. The twin cabins convert to a three-seater lounge for daytime use.

Private charters are available from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Alice Springs or Darwin using any of Great Southern Rail’s three trains.

The Private Carriage price is per person with a minimum of 6 guests required.

Private Carriages can be combined with pre and post-train touring, incentive events or used by family groups. By combining a Private Carriage with Gold Service on The Ghan or Indian Pacific, groups of between six and ninety six can be accommodated.

Private Carriage guests experience the same all inclusive benefits of the Platinum and Gold Service guests with all meals, standard beverages and Off Train Excursions included in their fare.

Special arrangements can be made depending on your group’s requirements.

Platinum Cabin
Platinum Service Cabins are almost twice the size of Gold Service Twin Cabins, measuring a generous 3.65m by 2.1m including the en suite bathroom.

Great Southern Rail CabinsThere is a choice of double or twin bedding, which fold away during the daytime to create a spacious private lounge to sit and admire the many facets of the Australian Outback.

All cabins have a writing table next to the window – ideal for writing a postcard, a journal or your impressions of this inspiring journey. Fitted out in truly distinctly Australian style with polished Tasmanian myrtle wood, the cabins are both stylish and relaxing.

Platinum Cabins have a full-size shower with premium fittings, and in cabin lighting can be adjusted to suit your mood. You can enjoy the view from both sides through your window and from a smaller window looking through the corridor.

For total security, cabin doors are lockable and cabins are provided with a private safe. Each train has a maximum of ten Platinum Service cabins – so be sure to book early.

In-Cabin Service
Guests in Platinum Service Cabins are made to feel special with attentive personal service.

A welcome drink and appetiser are served on departure as well as freshly brewed tea or coffee delivered each morning. Morning and afternoon tea are also served. The day ends with a nightcap and turn-down service.

You can opt for continental breakfast served to your cabin, or a cooked breakfast in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant, where lunch and dinner are also served. All these services are included in the fare, along with all standard alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Platinum Service guests are offered priority check-in and choice of Off-Train Excursions and they receive complimentary private transfers at the beginning and end of their journey (to a destination within fifty kilometres of the train station which must be pre-booked.

Dining & Lounge
Platinum Service guests experience signature dining in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant.

The Queen Adelaide Restaurant serves full breakfast, lunch and a la carte dinner. Relax and meet new friends as you enjoy regionalised Australian menus freshly prepared by on-board chefs, including Salt water Barramundi and Grilled Kangaroo Loin.

Vegetarian or other dietary requests can be made when booking. The wine list reflects Australia’s finest wine-growing regions. Platinum guests receive beer, Australian wine, base spirits, soft drinks, tea and coffee in their fare.

Platinum Service guests have access to the Outback Explorer Lounge, with panoramic windows and full bar service. Here you can spend a pleasant few hours watching the scenery roll by, and make friends over pre- or post-dinner drinks.

Gold Service guests are usually 50-plus, and often on an extended visit to Australia.

They are generally interested in the landscape, the wildlife and meeting people not only from Australia but from around the world. They might well have sampled long-distance rail travel before in North America or Europe, and many are also cruise passengers. However, customers planning to visit several parts of Australia may use The Ghan and the Indian Pacific as a refreshing alternative to air travel.

Travelling at a sedate average speed of 85 km/p and with all meals provided in Gold Service, the journey helps you unwind as part of a busy itinerary or even ease in to the holiday experience following a long-haul flight. Rail travel can be sold alongside small group touring, cultural experiences, sightseeing such as wine tasting and visiting national parks, and wildlife viewing. All these appeal to the experiential traveller, who wants to discover more than the usual highlights.

Gold Service is available only on The Ghan and Indian Pacific, and is the same on each train.

On Australia’s Great Train Journeys all Great Southern rail guests will experience the best traditions of Australian hospitality as they are taken care of by friendly and professional staff.

The welcome starts as soon as you reach the departure station, as you are greeted on the platform and shown to your cabin. Boarding is up to ninety minutes prior to departure, meaning you have ample time to settle in before the journey starts.

Your Hospitality Manager is responsible for ensuring that Gold Service guests enjoy every minute of their experience. A train manager is also provided to ensure everything runs smoothly. Each Gold Service carriage has a cabin attendant to show you to your cabin and explain all the facilities, and there is always someone on hand to deal with queries at any time of day or night.

Gold Service Twin Cabins
Gold Service Twin Cabins feature a three-seater sofa converting to upper and lower sleeping berths at night. They have en suite facilities with toilet, washbasin and shower.

Cabins are fully serviced by carriage attendants with fresh sheets, pillows and duvets. They feature a three-pin/ 240 volt power point, wardrobe, full length mirror, reading light and foldaway table, and are air-conditioned.

Complimentary Australian amenities, daily newsletters and an on-board magazine are provided.

Due to cabin space constraints, it is recommended guests take into the cabin an overnight bag with all they need for their journey. They can check-in a maximum of 50 kg of luggage free of charge (two items not exceeding 25 kg each). Checked-in luggage cannot be accessed during the journey.

Gold Service Single Cabins
Gold Service Single Cabins include a single lounge chair that converts to a single sleeping berth at night. Otherwise, the all inclusive service is the same as for Gold Service Twin Cabins guests.

Single Cabins available to Gold Service guests have a washbasin only, with toilet and shower at the end of each carriage.

Gold Service Superior Cabins
With limited availability and advance booking essential, superior cabins live up to their name with lots of extra space and facilities. A three-quarter size double bed and an additional fold-down single bed makes them suitable for couples and families.

Superior Cabins are twice the size of Gold Service Twin Cabins with extra features including a private lounge area with table, armchairs, a DVD player plus a selection of movies, toiletries, complimentary chocolates, fruit bowl, plunger coffee and a bar-fridge stocked with complimentary refreshments.

A surcharge will apply per cabin per night for a Superior Cabin sleeping up to three.

Pullman Gold Service Cabin
The Pullman Cabin is available for wheelchair bound or physically impaired guests travelling in Gold Service.

Guests are supplied with fresh towels, sheets, pillows and duvets by the steward. A more spacious cabin provides for easy mobility in the on-board wheelchair provided.

The sofa converts to upper and lower sleeping berths, and the height of the table can be adjusted. Seat and hand rail facilities are provided in the en suite bathroom, with flexible hand shower and shower chair. A non-scald shower tap is provided for easy control.

Availability is limited and advance booking is essential. All guests are required to complete a Special Requirements Form so that the rail operator may assess the suitability of rail travel for the guest.

Gold Service Dining
All meals are included in the fare for Gold Service guests, who can look forward to regionalised Australian menus made from fresh produce served in the elegant Queen Adelaide Restaurant.

There’s something truly magical about enjoying fine food as the scenery slips by, and you will have the opportunity to meet new friends as you are served at table by friendly and professional staff. Seating is at tables of four.

A cooked breakfast, light lunch and three-course dinner are served in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant.. The ever-changing menus are cooked to perfection by on-board chefs, and beers, Australian wines, standard spirits, soft drinks, tea and coffee are included in the Gold Service fare. Vegetarian, children’s and some special diets can be accommodated but must be requested when booking.

Outback Explorer Lounge
Gold Service guests are able to enjoy the Outback Explorer Lounge. It is the ideal place to meet people for a drink before or after meals, to read a book or simply watch the scenery go by.

The lounge has a licensed bar and seating is informal. All onboard beverages are included in the fare for Gold Service guests, with a range of Australian wines, beer, standard spirits, tea and coffee.

Newspapers, videos and board games are also available, with complimentary tea/coffee being available 24 hours a day.

Bookings for any Great Southern Rail Journey, as well as tours and excursions, accommodation, flights and car rental, can be made through World of Transport Travel.

The reservation can be made on its own, or as part of a larger itinerary. Let me work with you to create your ideal travel experience, no matter where in the world you live.

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The Overland – Regional Rail Link Work Updates

Important Information about amendments to The Overland Train Services for December 2013 thru to January 2014 to allow for construction work on the Regional Rail Link.
We thought we would issue this article following our post yesterday on The Overland. Readers planning to use this service over the coming few months will be subject to some delays and disruption to services.
Since 2013, selected Saturday westbound services for The Overland (Melbourne to Adelaide) have been affected by the Regional Rail Link project, additional upcoming dates are listed below.
Melbourne Regional Rail Link Project
Regional Rail Link is Australia’s largest public transport infrastructure project and Melbourne’s first new major rail line in 80 years. Upcoming works require the partial closure of Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station on weekends.
The work will mean the following amendments to The Overland Rail services over the coming months;
Melbourne To Adelaide
Coach transfers from Southern Cross Station to North Shore Terminal (Geelong) will be available for all guests travelling on any of the affected services up until January 2014.
Guests are advised to arrive at Southern Cross Station at least half an hour before the standard departure time of 0805.
A coach service will transfer all guests and luggage to The Overland at the North Shore Terminal at Geelong. The Overland will leave North Shore Terminal at the standard departure time of 0948. Arrival time in Adelaide at 1755 remains unaffected.
Affected Services from Melbourne to Adelaide:
Saturday, 28 December 2013 – Coach service from Melbourne – Ararat
Tuesday, 31 December 2013 – Service Not Operating
Saturday, 4 January 2014 – Coach service from Melbourne – North Shore
Tuesday, 7 January 2014 – Coach service from Melbourne – North Shore
Saturday, 11 January 2014 – Coach service from Melbourne – North Shore
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 – Coach service from Melbourne – North Shore
Saturday, 18 January 2014 – Coach service from Melbourne – North Shore
Adelaide To Melbourne
A coach service will transfer all guests and luggage from The Overland at the North Shore Terminal at Geelong to Southern Cross Station in Melbourne. Arrival time in Melbourne at 1850 remains unaffected.
Affected Services from Adelaide to Melbourne:
Friday, 27 December 2013 – Coach service from Ararat to Melbourne
Monday, 30 December 2013 – Service Not Operating
Friday, 3 January 2014 – Coach service from North Shore to Melbourne
Monday, 6 January 2014 – Coach service from North Shore to Melbourne
Friday, 10 January 2014 – Coach service from North Shore to Melbourne
Monday, 13 January 2014 – Coach service from North Shore to Melbourne
Friday, 17 January 2014 – Coach service from North Shore to Melbourne

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Great Railway Journeys – The Overland

Australia is a rail enthusiasts dream with some of the Greatest Rail Journeys in the world including the famous service between Adelaide and MelbourneThe Overland” 

The Overland Aderlaide to Sydney
The History of The Overland
Adelaide and Melbourne are two of the cities most visited by tourists and Visiting Friends & Relatives (VFR) travellers, so why not travel between the two on a memorable train trip?
I thoroughly recommend The Overland to those of you who are not sure if long-distance rail travel over one or more nights is the right thing or not. It completes the journey in ten and a half hours, and you’ll see a lot more of Australia than on the ninety minute flight by plane. The average speed of The Ghan, Indian Pacific and The Overland is only 85 kmph, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy the scenery.
The Overland offers a high standard of comfort and service. The train’s symbol is the emu, a truly Australian bird recognised for its speed and grace as it runs through the wide open landscape.
Originally called the Intercolonial Express, the train made its first journey in 1887 and was the first inter-city rail service in the country.
The Overland name was later adopted to honour the early explorers known as Overlanders, who opened up the country at a time when majority of longer journeys were made by sea.
The Journey & Destinations
The scenery on this trip is very rural, ranging from farmland and vineyards to bush, with no major population centres. The inland route crosses the River Murray, famed for its wildlife, passing close to the Coonawarra wine growing region before reaching aptly named Bordertown and crossing into Victoria.A stop is made in Horsham, gateway to the Grampians Mountains of Victoria, where passengers can stop-over.
Highlights of the national park include dramatic scenery, Aboriginal art sites, abundant wildlife, and activities including rock climbing and horse riding. The Overland continues through Ararat and arrives in the heart of Melbourne.
The Overland
Melbourne is a cosmopolitan city known for the performing arts, multi-cultural festivities and its Victorian tramway system. Melbourne claims artistic and cultural dominance over its great rival Sydney, and the cities compete head-to-head in many other areas including food and wine, and multi-cultural appeal.
As in many other parts of Australia, Victoria experienced major gold rushes in the nineteenth century19th Century. The Sovereign Hill Museum near Ballarat tells the story, while the eerie but beautiful ghost town of Walhalla offers a more reflective experience.
These and most of Victoria’s other attractions are within easy reach of Melbourne. Coastal scenery is excellent, including the Great Ocean Road stretching west from the city, and the area around Lakes Entrance which is renowned for bird life.
The OverlandThe Overland Timetable – Departure Days
The Overland operates as a daylight service between Melbourne and Adelaide departing from Melbourne every Tuesday and Saturday.
The Overland departs from Adelaide every Monday and Friday.
Did You Know?
Established in 1857, Ararat is the only Australian town founded by the Chinese.
Melbourne’s tram network includes the free City Circle tram, and the famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant.
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Great Railway Journeys – Indian Pacific

As part of our Great Railway Journey’s of the World we would like to Introduce you to the Epic Indian Pacific between Perth and Sydney

The History of The Indian Pacific

Travelling from Perth to Sydney (and vice versa) this epic train travels 4,352 kms. Stopping at Adelaide on its way though, many guests choose to take this train in part sectors, such as Perth to Adelaide or Adelaide to Sydney (and vice versa).

It might be a tourist and freight route today, but the line was built long before the era of air travel as a way of uniting the separate British colonies that made up Australia. Perth in Western Australia was and still is the most isolated city in the world, and was persuaded to join the federation of states by the promise of a transcontinental rail link.

The line was not opened throughout until 1917, when a “gap” in the rail network – from Kalgoorlie in Western Australia to Port Augusta in South Australia – was completed. The “gap” was nearly 2,000 km and the railway had to be built through harsh desert terrain.

The independent colonies that made up Australia in the nineteenth century had their own rules and regulations, and railways were constructed to different gauges meaning passengers travelling from coast to coast had to change trains several times. Even today it is not possible to travel between some Australian cities without changing trains, but the Indian Pacific started to operate as one train in 1970.

The Journey & Destinations

Indian Pacific Route MapThe Indian Pacific appeals to passengers who want to relax and unwind, meet new friends, and enjoy a landscape varying from arid desert to mountains and greenery. The Indian Pacific travels through Western Australia, South Australia and New South Wales, and visits Perth, Kalgoorlie, Cook, Adelaide, Broken Hill and Sydney.

Like Darwin, Perth is a great gateway to Australia being only five hours’ flight from Singapore – much closer than Sydney. Many Indian Pacific passengers enjoy Perth’s beaches, the beauty of Kings Park and the great night life of the Northbridge district before joining the train. From Perth travellers can also visit the Swan River and Margaret River wine regions, the vast forests around Pemerberton and Albany on the south coast, once a centre for whaling.

Kalgoorlie, where an evening stop is made in each direction, enjoyed a huge gold rush after an Irishman called Paddy Hannan struck lucky in 1893 and is Australia’s biggest gold mining centre. You can view the Super Pit where gold is still produced in large quantities, but places including Kanowna were left behind by the gold rush and are now ghost towns – with large cemeteries.

After stopping at Adelaide – known as the Festival City – the train continues through South Australia and into the vast Outback of New South Wales where a stop is made at Broken Hill. Broken Hill is known as the Silver City because of its mining past.

There’s still another 16 hours of travel ahead before reaching Sydney, one of the world’s great cities, where the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, beaches, museums and night life await but not before travelling through the stunning Blue Mountains.

Sydney is not only the largest city and main gateway to Australia, but where European settlement started. Captain Cook landed in Botany Bay (now in the southern suburbs) in 1770 and settlement began in 1788, in what is now the fashionable harbour-side area called The Rocks.

Indian Pacific

Indian Pacific Departures

The Indian Pacific departs from Perth every Sunday and operates an additional second service on Wednesday in September and October.

The Indian Pacific departs from Sydney every Wednesday and the additional second service departs on Saturdays in September and October.

Did You Know?

The Indian Pacific travels over the longest stretch of straight railway track in the world – 478 km across the Nullarbor Plain (Nullarbor means treeless in Latin)!

The Indian Pacific travels through the Blue Mountains during daylight hours, in both directions to and from Sydney!

Reservations for The Indian Pacific

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NR26 Shunts half the consist of the Indian Pac...

NR26 Shunts half the consist of the Indian Pacific at Sydney Terminal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Great Railway Journeys – The Rocky Mountaineer

Rocky Mountaineer is the world-renowned, luxurious train that travels by daylight through the wild beauty of Canada’s West and is the most magical & best way to experience the majestic Canadian Rockies.

The journey reviewed here, routed from Vancouver to Jasper, travelling in the Gold Leaf carriage.

The day begins with an early pick-up from the hotel (whereby your luggage is tagged and taken through to Kamloops on a separate road vehicle). On arrival at the station, you are greeted by a pianist playing jazz music and waiters serving morning coffees/teas or juices.

As the bag-pipe player begins (yes, it really is true) – this is the cue to board the train. It’s a fantastic start for all the Rocky Mountaineer staff from the station and their main office to personally see off all the guests and escort you to Gold Leaf Rocky Mountaineer carriage.

I should point out at this stage that there are three levels to the Rocky Mountaineer service and as with everything…three different price tiers!

Red Leaf
This is the lead-in service, which offers large picture windows with reclining seats. ONLY chilled meals are served and this is at your seat. Complimentary non-alcohol beverages are served, however a glass of complimentary wine is served at lunch.

Importantly there will be one Rocky Mountaineer host to serve all the passengers as well as make presentations at key points. Your journey is not dissimilar to a two-day trip on our equivalent of British Rail. (A journey can last up to 12 hours a day). I should also point out that clients have to take their own luggage to their hotel in Kamloops which is the most basic accommodation (although adequate for a stay of one night).

Silver Leaf

Takes in the scenery through the windows of Rocky Mountaineers custom-designed single level glass dome coach. It has a 167% larger viewing area than the Red Leaf Service. Breakfast and lunch are served at the seat (with a choice of main course/entrée) and a range of complimentary non-alcoholic beverages.

The reclining dome level seats can rotate to accommodate groups of four and the areas are temperature controlled. Luggage is taken to a moderate hotel accommodation
for the one-night stay in Kamloops.

Gold Leaf

This puts you right in the heart of the amazing scenery of the Canadian Rockies. The plush seats are welcoming and you experience the panoramic views from full-length windows which I believe is the secret to the success of Gold Leaf.

As you are sitting up high, you completely capture the dramatic views and natural wildlife. By being on this level, I was able to catch the wild mountain goats and black bears. The service is astounding with five members of staff on hand. Two are in the dining cars below whilst the other three serve around the seats as well as provide commentary at interesting points.

Rocky Mountaineer TrainThere is a constant flow of drinks, both alcoholic & non-alcoholic. The Gold Leaf section is separated into two seating groups – first and second. On the first day, I was on the first seating – we were escorted to the dining car and seated at a table of four. Teas/coffees, juices & waters are served.

There is a menu with a choice to choose from. Whilst chefs prepare for your selected breakfast, a bowl of fruit is served. Then main breakfast is served with the following choices :

‘The Rocky Mountaineer’ (Omelette filled with mozzarella. Served with crispy double smoked bacon and farmer sausages, freshly roasted potatoes, mushrooms and tomatoes)

‘Gold Leaf Breakfast’ (Scrambled eggs and smoked steel head salmon. Topped with caviare & lemon chive crème fraiche).

‘Sir Sanford Fleming Benedict’ (Poached egg served over smoked meat on a fluffy crumpet accented with Hollandaise Sauce).

‘Buttermilk Pancakes’ (Traditional buttermilk pancakes with orange zest and Aldergrove berry preserve).

‘Granola Parfait’ (Vanilla yoghurt & home-style granola with fresh local berries).

Having refreshed my tea cup several times…I was ready to roll back (that was about as fast as I could move, but it was worth it!) upstairs to my seat. On arriving back at my seat, I was offered my first drink at 10:00 (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)! Needless to say, it would be rude to pass up such an offer, but for the sake of modesty, I won’t say which I chose.

Throughout the day, drinks are served. By midday, it’s time for lunch! Yes, really it was!

After soup, a light salad – there was a selection of ‘Short Ribs’, ‘Tiger Prawns’, ‘Chicken Breast, ‘Farfalle Pasta’ (Veggie Choice) and a ‘Lighter Choice’.

You will be offered a continuous flow of wine throughout the meal service, which was finally finished off with a dessert and tea/coffee.

Having returned to our seats at 13:30 – the views were encapsulating & exciting, dramatic and ever-changing. It is a perfect experience to socialise with other guests on the train and there is a lovely, relaxed ambiance, enhanced by an excellent interaction with, and from, the crew.

At 16:00…snack-time! More drinks and more food on offer! Look, it’s all very well you moaning, but you have to experience every part of the journey, really, you do!

On arrival into Kamloops station, those in Gold Leaf have their luggage immediately removed and placed in a transfer truck and taken to the hotel, and then to the room of the individual guest. So, there’s no need for those guests to lug around their own bags.

I should point out that guests in Silver Leaf and Red Leaf will need to recognise their bags and take them to their respective hotel.

The following day, it all starts again. This time, I was on the second seating. So, whilst the first dining group troop down to breakfast in the dining car, I was served croissants, with a choice of coffee and tea, whilst I waited to be served for my main breakfast.

Rocky Mountaineer Train CuisineLunch at 1400 consisted of soup, salad…and a choice of ‘Salmon’, ‘Pork Tenderloin’, ‘Chicken Breast’, ‘Risotto’ (Veggie Choice) and a ‘Lighter Choice’.

Perfect timing, since after lunch we managed to see some beautiful black bears high on the side. Then mountain goats…on a roll now

This really is a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience. I certainly would recommend Silver Leaf & Gold Leaf service. If budget is an issue, I personally would suggest down-grading on the accommodation. There are fantastic three star or lodge properties but experiencing Silver Leaf or Gold Leaf is a truly memorable and amazing occurrence. For any age, for any celebration – it is a magical way of following a wonderful historical train route constructed over one hundred years ago.

There are some amazing routes to discover from ‘First Passage to the West’, ‘Journey through the Clouds’ & ‘Rainforest to Gold Rush’. The newest service on offer ‘Coastal Passage’ connects Seattle & Vancouver to the Canada Rockies. Plus the ‘Whistler Sea to Sky Climb’ is a three and a half hour journey from North Vancouver to Whistler whereby you can enjoy stunning seascapes and mountain vistas.

If this article has whetted your appetite to travel on the Rocky Mountaineer, then please contact Paul Smith of World of Transport Travel with your requirements. I would be only too pleased to arrange quotes in the carriage of your choice, and can book flights and pre- and/or -post travel accommodation, as well as just about anything else you may wish to do. I can also arrange air travel if required, as well as a cruise up to Alaska, if you wish to combine rail and sea travel.

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New Eurostar Service from London to Amsterdam

Eurostar To Launch a New Service between London St Pancras and Amsterdam Centraal

Eurostar has announced that it is planning to launch direct trains from London to Amsterdam, although services will not start until the end of 2016.

Eurostar services to AmsterdamThe train company, which currently runs services from St Pancras in London to France and Belgium, has reached a deal with Dutch railway authorities which will allow the service to start from December 2016.

The announcement was made by the Dutch government as part of a package of measures to improve services on the country’s high-speed rail line.

Eurostar e320 to AmsterdamEurostar will use its new e320 trains on the St Pancras-Amsterdam route. The operator is due to receive the first of these trains in 2015 when it is aiming to put 10 of them into service. The e320 trains will have 900 seats – 20% higher than Eurostar’s existing trains.

The company plans to run two services a day between London and Amsterdam with journey times of around four hours. These services will run through Brussels to Amsterdam with stops at Antwerp, Rotterdam, Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam’s Centraal Station.

Nicolas Petrovic, Eurostar’s chief executive, said: “We have long been ambitious for expansion to new destinations so today’s announcement marks a major advance in our growth plans. With over three million passengers travelling by air between London and Amsterdam, this is one of Europe’s most popular routes”.

“Our fast, comfortable, point-to-point service will greatly enhance the links between the UK and the near continent, revolutionising travel between these important financial and tourist hubs.”

For more information on any of the Eurostar services or destinations and to make reservations please contact World of Transport Travel!

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