This journal records my travel on the world's longest railway journey the 'Trans-Siberian' as part of a 7,650 mile trip by train from Northwich in the UK to Shanghai in China in May 2006 taking 13 days, passing through 9 countries and 9 time zones.
The journal covers the planning and preparation in the months leading upto the day of departure, and a daily log of the trip, including the places I will have seen and the people I have met. It also includes the activities after arriving home such as updating the journal and sorting through the hundreds of photographs, plus the thoughts and recollections from this long journey that will no doubt continue way into the future. The journal also serves as detailed and useful advice to inspire and assist others who may be contemplating a similar trip.
LATEST ENTRY : I have now completed this travel journal 'blog' so unfortunately will not be adding any more entries.
However ! I have created my own website that covers my journey and includes previews of my book that I have written which is based on the original content of this 'blog' which has now been removed, click here to visit it : 'A Journey On The TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY'
Alternatively you can see details of the book by visiting the printers website at 'Trans-Siberian Railway Shopfront'
I wish everyone well on their future adventures !
November 11th 2006
I have now completed this travel journal 'blog' so unfortunately will not be adding any more entries. However ! I have created my own website that covers my journey and includes previews of my book that I have written which is based on the original content of this 'blog' which has now been removed, click here to visit it : 'A Journey On The TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY' . Alternatively you can see details of the book by visiting the printers website at 'Trans-Siberian Railway Shopfront' I wish everyone well on their future adventures ! Regards Clive Simpson ... read more
September 11th 2006
This 7,650 mile journey by train across 2 continents was a great adventure stirring the emotions and far exceeding my expectations. It took me nearly half way round the globe providing the opportunity to see vast contrasts of scenic beauty, culture and climate in a short space of time. The thoughts and recollections from the journey will no doubt continue way into the future. For those who think the 'Trans-Siberian' is just another train journey, apart from it being the longest train journey in the world, it is much much more than that : it’s an adventure and one of the very few left on our planet that can be completed by absolutely anyone. So go on ... do it ! ... read more
June 1st 2006
Having competed this epic journey, I thought it only right that I should look back at the places I have seen, so here is my own Travel Review with marks out of 10 along with brief comments ! CITIES - Brussels 7/10 - Very picturesque, good cafes and restaurants, great for a city break. Cologne 7/10 - Lots to see and do, great location on the Rhine, another good city break. Moscow 6/10 - A great insight into its people. The city is exactly what I expected, grey buildings, the Kremlin and Red Square. Beijing 5/10 - Nice people but disappointed with Beijing. If you want to visit an American looking city full of corporate buildings then go to the US. Shanghai 10/10 - It surely must be everyones idea of what the far east is ... read more
November 2nd 2005
Coming from a family that has always had strong connections with railways, I have always had an interest in trains from being a small child. Therefore I suppose it was only natural that I would always have a fascination about what it would be like to travel on the world's longest railway journey, the 'Trans-Siberian'. This was probably fueled in the last few years by watching with envy the travels of Michael Palin in his many BBC TV programmes taking unusual journeys across the globe. The 'Trans-Siberian Railway' is a working railway and in fact one of the busiest in the world for both passengers and freight across the entire length of Russia. At this stage lets dispel the myth that there is an actual train called the 'Trans-Siberian Express'. The Trans-Siberian is a railway and ... read more