Kiwi Explorer Research: Part 8

The Steam Dreams Rail Co is running a 3 week tour of New Zealand in Autumn 2021. See http://www.steamdreams.co.uk for more info. This blog reveals how the research trip scoping out the tour panned out. Day 8 – 225 miles to cover, so we were off after a quick breakfast. The mood in the NissanContinue reading “Kiwi Explorer Research: Part 8”

Kiwi Explorer Research: Part 6

The Steam Dreams Rail Co is running a 3 week tour of New Zealand in Autumn 2021. See http://www.steamdreams.co.uk for more info. This blog reveals how the research trip scoping out the tour panned out. Day 6 – I was up early for the promise of ticking something off my bucket list – swimming withContinue reading “Kiwi Explorer Research: Part 6”

5 Unique Day Out Ideas for Mother's Day

Give your mum the greatest gift this Mother’s day – an extra special day out with you. Whether you discover a new city together or take her on an island escape, one of these ideas is sure to create memories that she’ll talk about for years to come. On Sunday 22 March, on Mother’s dayContinue reading “5 Unique Day Out Ideas for Mother's Day”

Kiwi Explorer Research: Part 5

The Steam Dreams Rail Co is running a 3 week tour of New Zealand in Autumn 2021. See http://www.steamdreams.co.uk for more info. This blog reveals how the research trip scoping out the tour panned out. Day 5 – up early and bleary-eyed for the 8am ferry to Picton. It was miserable day, weather-wise, so weContinue reading “Kiwi Explorer Research: Part 5”

Kiwi Explorer Research: Part 4

The Steam Dreams Rail Co is running a 3 week tour of New Zealand in Autumn 2021. See http://www.steamdreams.co.uk for more info. This blog reveals how the research trip scoping out the tour panned out. I went to scope out the hotels that Judy had already booked, whilst Marcus and Marianne went to the airportContinue reading “Kiwi Explorer Research: Part 4”

Kiwi Explorer Research: Part 3

The Steam Dreams Rail Co is running a 3 week tour of New Zealand in Autumn 2021. See http://www.steamdreams.co.uk for more info. This blog reveals how the research trip scoping out the tour panned out. Day 3 – We set off from Palmerston North with some excitement – the day promised to be a potentialContinue reading “Kiwi Explorer Research: Part 3”

Kiwi Explorer Research: Part 2

The Steam Dreams Rail Co is running a 3 week tour of New Zealand in Autumn 2021. See http://www.steamdreams.co.uk for more info. This blog reveals how the 12 day research visit in October 2019 panned out. As our first work day in New Zealand had been spent in meetings or site visits in Auckland, weContinue reading “Kiwi Explorer Research: Part 2”

Exploring the Kiwi Explorer: Part 1

The Steam Dreams Rail Co is running a 3 week tour of New Zealand in Autumn 2021. See the online brochure for more info. This blog series reveals how the 12 day research visit in October 2019 panned out. “Would you like to go to New Zealand to do a site visit to scope outContinue reading “Exploring the Kiwi Explorer: Part 1”

Steam Dreams Celebrates 20th Anniversary in Style

On Thursday, 16th December 1999, over 150 passengers waited excitedly at Waterloo station for their train to arrive. At 11am that day, the first ever Steam Dreams trip departed for Salisbury, hauled by BR Class 5MT 4-6-0 73096. At that time, the journey to Salisbury took just under two hours and fares started from £39!Continue reading “Steam Dreams Celebrates 20th Anniversary in Style”