Linesiding with John
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Feb-March 16 China Real Steam tour
Revised Plan!
August 2014 Sugar Mill Season Report
Bosnia September 2014 Exploratory Tour Report
China November 2014 Report including Rongshan
March 2015 Tour Report
Photos on Flickr
Videos on YouTube
Posts on FaceBook
John Athersuch has just had a book on China Narrow gauge steam published. You can order a copy online from Click here to go to their website. Let me know if you need any help obtaining a copy.
Starting 7 August
Java 2015 Sugar Mill Season reports
Complete: Java
August 2015 Sugar Mill Tour Report
China Real Steam Tour 26 February - 21 March – It's not over yet!
But if you want to participate, you need to act swiftly
Tour to the best standard gauge real steam locations left in the world with a visit Shibanxi, the last Chinese narrow gauge steam line, during the 'flower season' with lots of extra trains as well for local tourists.
The tour uses conventional long-distance sleeper trains and our own tour minibus.
The itinerary can be viewed at:
and includes:

You can see photos from my last two China trips here:
and read the reports here:
John Raby
31 August 2015
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Click for the March 2015 report
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Updated 12 January 2016
2016 Java Sugar Mill Tour
Updated & Costed Itinerary

Bosnia Tour Report October 2015
Bosnia Tour May 2016 - with possible Autumn repeat tour - details just added
Narrow Gauge Railways of China
Narrow Gauge Railways of China

Spring China Tour -Hurry, hurry, hurry!