China Tour - January & March-April 2018
China is still the steamiest 'real steam' country in the world but things are changing rapidly and 2020 could see the end. Sandaoling and Shibanxi are still worth visiting for steam.
I was asked to run a January 2018 Winter Standard Gauge Tour (now concluded) and there will be a not-all-steam China narrow gauge tour in April 2018. Details of this tours is available as a pdf file - see right - but please book soon to join the 9 of us already signed up.
Bosnia & Serbia - 2018 Bosnia Tour
Because we like Bosnia and because it still has a few real working industrial steam locos and can be afforded by a relatively small group - we'll be trying again for a tour in October 2018. Click here for the details. The dates are fixed and we have an estimated price. There are 6 places left on this tour. Email me if you are interested.
Java 2014 Sugar Mill Season reports
Bosnia Standard & Narrow Gauge Steam Exploratory Tour 2014 report
Linesiding with John
Feb-March 2016 China Real Steam tour - click here to read about it.
12 March 2018
April China Narrow Gauge & October Bosnia Tours Information available below
China Report November 2014 including Rongshan
Feb- March 2015 Tour Report
Java 2015 Sugar Mill Season reports
Future Tours
If you are interested in China Standard Gauge Steam at Sandaoling, I expect to run at least one more tour before the end. March 2019 is the current likely date but this could change if enough people want to go at another time.
I am running a Chinese Narrow Gauge Tour in April 2018 - urgent action now required if you want to join us.
Below, you can also find details about a 2018 Bosnia Tour - October dates now fixed.
I expect my next visit to Java, Indonesia will be June - August 2019.
If you are interested in any of these tours, please email me to let me know.
Bosnia Standard & Narrow Gauge Steam Tour 2015 report
This tour is now completed. Next tour June - August 2019 expected. Contact me if interested.
I wrote a day-by-day blog of this trip but only sent this out as an email to those who request it. The 20+ blogs are now available - click here. We visited all mills which still use steam locos as well as two where a charter was possible, all 6 mills which still had field work with diesels and all of the mills in the Probolinggo, Situbondo, Jember and Madiun areas.
Java - August 2017 Tour
Bosnia May 2016 Exploratory Industrial Heritage Tour report
Click for the report of my industrial steam tour to China in March 2017.
Click for details of my August 2017 Java Sugar Mill Tour. For historical reference only Tour now concluded.
May 2017 Tour Cancelled
For historical reference only.
John Raby
Linesiding with John
John Raby
Linesiding with John
Winter Sandaoling-only Tour January 2018 - click to view the tour information as a pdf. For historical reference only Tour now concluded.
China Narrow Gauge Tour April 2018 - Last Call for Bookings
click to view the tour information as a pdf.
Big Trip 10/16 - 2/17 Blogs
I still sell my DVDs to anyone who wants one but in the last few years, I've noticed an almost complete collapse of this once popular medium and I don't believe that Blu-Ray or Blu-Ray UHD are going to replace DVDs so have not spent money for the equipment upgrades to go those routes.

However, I think it is now possible to make DVDs available as 'virtual DVD' (.img files) that can be downloaded from the 'cloud' and watched on your computer. If anyone would like to test this system, please email me and we can give it a try.

John Raby
1 November 2017

January 2018 Sandaoling Tour Report
Tour concluded 20 January
2018 Bosnia Real and Charter Steam Tour Proposal - click for details - opens as pdf
There is now a photo page of tour members and local scenes. Click here to view.
There is now a photo page of 2018 Sandaoling tour members and local scenes. Click here to view.

2018 Tours - China ng tour in April. Bosnia tour in October. Sandaoling? Details below.