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The Long and Winding Road of SkodaTruck Drivers

Trans-Siberian railway

With a length of 9,289 kilometres (5,772 miles) from Moscow to Vladivostok, it is the longest railway line in the world



The Homesickness Pill of Kalmukia

Stone Circle Aviators wrote:I did that trip before it was the Rocky mountain train. The scenery was amazing.

My dream trip would be The Maharajas Express train trip.

That one must be full of wonder. They say India is the place where your senses explode.

Another very long trip would be Lisbon-Paris and then Paris-Moscow.
Not very glamorous though, I think.
They have this train they call The New Orient Express, from Nice, in the Cote d'Azur, to Moscow.

My favourite travel book is about train travel. Paul Theroux's The Great Railway Bazaar (1975).

The Airborne Flock of Migrating Geese

Hmmmm......

I didn't realize that The-Law resided here. Not that we're guilty of anything! The Postman and The Post Master are alive and well! I can attest to that!!

The Stairway to Heaven of Stone Circle Aviators

Kalmukia wrote: They have this train they call The New Orient Express, from Nice, in the Cote d'Azur, to Moscow.

My favourite travel book is about train travel. Paul Theroux's The Great Railway Bazaar (1975).

That would be an interesting trip, second train trip on my bucket list.

All because of a little book called.
"Murder on the Orient Express" by Agatha Christie

The Floating Fortresses of The 21 Hot Air Balloonists

Migrating Geese wrote:What does it entail? A train ride across the USA is on my bucket list, but it's not going to happen. I don't even know if a train goes across the USA.

There are several actually, if you're willing to deal with Amtrak
You'd have to go to 30th street and take the train to pittsburgh, then to chicago, then from there you can take long-distance trains to the west coast
https://www.amtrak.com/plan-your-trip.html



The Airborne Flock of Migrating Geese

I yearly ride the train in Strasburg, Pa. (not sure I spelled it right) It's an actual steam engine from circa 1900 with the actual cars. They have coaches, a dining car and a parlor car. All have been restored. It goes slowly and you get a feel of what is was like before planes. Scenery is great--lots of greenery and Amish farms. It only goes a few miles, then the engine detaches, goes up a different track, and reattaches to the rear and pulls the train back along the same track.

I'm beginning to feel like Sheldon Cooper.

The Long Arm of The-Law

Migrating Geese wrote:Hmmmm......

I didn't realize that The-Law resided here. Not that we're guilty of anything! The Postman and The Post Master are alive and well! I can attest to that!!

I didn't see eye to eye politically with my old region so moved here for a quieter life

The Stairway to Heaven of Stone Circle Aviators

Migrating Geese wrote:snip.

Small world. I took that trip while i was visiting Hersey.
Also enjoyed the train museum there.



The Airborne Flock of Migrating Geese

The train museum is really something. Did you also see the toy train museum? I own a set of Lionel trains circa late '50's. I'm not a collector; they were in the family.

Hershey park is also fun. Really well kept and clean. Oldest steel roller coaster in the USA, with one loop--archaic by today's coasters, but kept for nostalgia. I have a real fear of heights, but was forced to ride it to take one of the kids on it. I counted 16 seconds to the beginning of the ride to the completion of the loop. Instead of the car climbing up for the loop--that slow ascent always freaked me out-- you were on a platform to enter the car and thus the incline was already there, and you dropped for the loop. I closed my eyes and there I went.



The Homesickness Pill of Kalmukia

Life - the way Life flows- is like a train running one way, never to go back. We don't choose to hop on and we're not sure when we have to hop off...but we all do, some time or another.

The Floating Fortresses of The 21 Hot Air Balloonists

Migrating Geese wrote:I yearly ride the train in Strasburg, Pa. (not sure I spelled it right) It's an actual steam engine from circa 1900 with the actual cars. They have coaches, a dining car and a parlor car. All have been restored. It goes slowly and you get a feel of what is was like before planes. Scenery is great--lots of greenery and Amish farms. It only goes a few miles, then the engine detaches, goes up a different track, and reattaches to the rear and pulls the train back along the same track.

This brings back memories, I used to go on the strasburg railroad with my grandparents when I was a little kid.

Kalmukia wrote:Life - the way Life flows- is like a train running one way, never to go back. We don't choose to hop on and we're not sure when we have to hop off...but we all do, some time or another.

We just gotta make sure we dont go off on the wrong track
Sometimes we might get derailed and need help getting back on track
This metaphor can go on and on lol

The SuperTramp of Drifter

Migrating Geese wrote:The train museum is really something. Did you also see the toy train museum? I own a set of Lionel trains circa late '50's. I'm not a collector; they were in the family.

Hershey park is also fun. Really well kept and clean. Oldest steel roller coaster in the USA, with one loop--archaic by today's coasters, but kept for nostalgia. I have a real fear of heights, but was forced to ride it to take one of the kids on it. I counted 16 seconds to the beginning of the ride to the completion of the loop. Instead of the car climbing up for the loop--that slow ascent always freaked me out-- you were on a platform to enter the car and thus the incline was already there, and you dropped for the loop. I closed my eyes and there I went.

I have fond memories of visiting a roller coaster park called Cedar Point in Ohio. Some very impressive roller coasters are there. One of the coasters The Top Thrill Dragster was the tallest in the world for some time, but was later beaten in height.

The Stairway to Heaven of Stone Circle Aviators

Migrating Geese wrote:The train museum is really something. Did you also see the toy train museum? I own a set of Lionel trains circa late '50's. I'm not a collector; they were in the family.

Hershey park is also fun. Really well kept and clean. Oldest steel roller coaster in the USA, with one loop--archaic by today's coasters, but kept for nostalgia. I have a real fear of heights, but was forced to ride it to take one of the kids on it. I counted 16 seconds to the beginning of the ride to the completion of the loop. Instead of the car climbing up for the loop--that slow ascent always freaked me out-- you were on a platform to enter the car and thus the incline was already there, and you dropped for the loop. I closed my eyes and there I went.

Between the train ride and snapping pictures in the museum i never made it to the toy train museum. The other people i was traveling with did not have a "Sheldon' mentality. My visit was cut way too short.

Never made it to Hershey park roller coaster. We as a group did the Hershey chocolate factory tour. I was disappointed to hear at the end of the tour most of the chocolate was now produced in Mexico. :P



The Homesickness Pill of Kalmukia

Sometimes I feel I was born in the wrong continent.

The Stairway to Heaven of Stone Circle Aviators

Kalmukia wrote:Sometimes I feel I was born in the wrong continent.

There is no wrong continent to be born in. Just so happens that most of the vocal travelers who are posting are from the America's at the moment.

My first and only high-speed train ride was Lisbon to Porto. Totally amazing smooth ride even though i was sitting backwards to the forward motion.Traveling through the country side that is centuries old was captivating. North America does not have an intercontinental high speed train, though Amtrak Acela Express has a few high-speed trains.

The Airborne Flock of Migrating Geese

I'm not sure where all our members are from. I do know that when we organized our home region, many years ago, most were not Americans, and thus the consensus was that we would spell "travelling" and not "traveling."

Great conversation. I wish the natives would have joined in more. But any way, we need to be moving along.

The Quack Quack Quack of Ducks Looking For Grapes

Goodbye! waddles away

The SuperTramp of Drifter

Fair well!

The Homesickness Pill of Kalmukia
The Stairway to Heaven of Stone Circle Aviators

Time to roll on, Adios.

The Floating Fortresses of The 21 Hot Air Balloonists

Kalmukia wrote:Sometimes I feel I was born in the wrong continent.

As Stone Circle said, there is no wrong continent, my friend. Americans are jealous of Europe's rail network. We have very few options, none high speed, and many cities have no service at all. With air travel and highways of the mid-1900s, the USA's rail network had pretty much died by the 70s.
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*floats off into the sunset*
Thanks for hosting us! :D

The Friendly Backpacker of The Eternal Sightseer

Thanks for having us! See you around!

The Republic of ChicosLocos

The 7 day weather forecast summary for Vladivostok:

The next 7 day outlook for Vladivostok shows the average daytime maximum temperature will be around 13C, with a high for the week of 15C expected on the afternoon of Monday 3rd. The average minimum temperature will be 6C, dipping to its lowest on the morning of Saturday 1st at 4C. Expect the next week to have mixed overhead conditions with some days dry and some seeing a significant amount of rain. Current predictions suggest Wednesday will have the most precipitation with an accumulation of around 20.0mm. On the whole winds are likely to be moderate.

The Republic of ChicosLocos

For Vladivostok in the coming week

The average daytime maximum temperature will be around 11C, with a high for the week of 17C expected on the evening of Saturday 15th. The average minimum temperature will be 7C, dipping to its lowest on the morning of Wednesday 12th at 5C. Expect the week ahead to have some days seeing a little precipitation and some days with rain. Predictions are Friday will have the most precipitation with an accumulation of around 16.0mm. On the whole winds are likely to be moderate.

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