The Railway Museum in Livingstone, Zambia…Challenges of tours throughout the world…

This is train deluxe coach from the 1901 era

“Sighting of the Day in the Bush”

Although his tusks were small, this was the largest elephant we spotted in Chobe National Park.

We’ve been so busy figuring out what our next move will be since we returned from Zambia last Thursday evening, we’ve had little time to return to some of our photos from our tours in Livingstone.

At the entrance to the Livingston Railway Museum in Zambia.

One of the tours of particular interest to Tom, as a retired railroad worker for 42½ years, was visiting the Railway Museum in Livingstone, Zambia on the day we toured the city of Livingstone.  

The interior walkway of the above coach where the sleepers were located.

Admittedly, Livingstone is a small city, formerly the capital, with few points of interest to most travelers.  Most travel to the area to see one or both sides of Victoria Falls in Zambia and Zimbabwe and also to safari in Chobe National Park, on game drives and river tours on the Chobe and Zambezi River.

Steam locomotive firebox.

To reach all of the above venues including visa/immigration processing along the way, within 2½ hours.  The tours themselves can run from two to six hours depending on the packages the tourists choose based on their budget and available time.

Passenger coach from the 1930 era.

A mention for those who may have a disability…if one has a serious medical condition, the bouncing on the game drives could be prohibitive.  If you’ve never been on a game drive, this is a serious consideration.  

This is a crane/”hook” used in derailments, Cowans Sheldon crane #109.

Also, visiting Victoria Falls has some terrain that could be challenging whether from the Zambia or Zimbabwe sides, each of which is different.  We found the Zimbabwe side slightly easier hike. 

Small steam engine (boiler).

We also saw some visitors in wheelchairs being managed by strong individuals who could navigate the varying elevations in the walking paths.  There are no rough hills to climb other than the gradations in the fairly level paths.  

This is the balance of the above photo, the tender and the cab.

As for today’s railway museum, it was easy to maneuver with level walking areas along the tracks where the trains are located.  However, getting up and onto some of those that allowed visitors to board, could be highly risky for those with any type of mobility and strength issues.

A steam engine, reminding us of “Thomas” trains, appropriately named, built in 1919.

Those railroad guys, like Tom, think nothing of the steep climb necessary to board a train after years of doing so.  Also, getting into a safari vehicle can be challenging with a steep climb up into the tall vehicle.  There are numerous occasions where a tourist will be getting on and off the truck.

This is a 15th class, 4-6-4 + 4-6-4 Garratt, circa 1950’s.

I mention these for those who may be considering traveling to this part of the world for some of the most exciting venues in the world such as Victoria Falls, as a World Heritage location and one of the Seven Wonders of the World as described here.

This is a 12th class, 4-8-2 #189, circa 1926.

Of course, there are a few tourist attractions worldwide that senior may hesitate to visit due to health, age, and disability.  There are even a few that give us pause (for me particularly with my bad spine) such a Machu Picchu and the mountain trek to see the gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda.  

This is a 16A class, 2-8-2 + 2-8-2 Garratt #623, from 1952.

But, these two are still on our list of desired spots to visit as we continue in our world travels.  We’ll see how it goes.  After feeling well for the first time in a few years after the resolution of my gastrointestinal issues in June, we consider such future plans gingerly.

A steam engine and tender, formerly part of the Rhodesian Railway (now Zambia).

Even driving through Marloth Park several times a week presents its own challenges which I handle easily, the outrageous bouncing on the uneven dirt roads with many potholes and often getting out of the little car to walk through the dense bush to get a better look and to take photos of sightings along the way.

A steam engine and tender.

As a matter of fact, we’ve been so busy since our return last Thursday, we’ve yet to take the time to make those wonderful drives through Marloth Park and/or return to Kruger National Park.

Perhaps, in the next few days, we’ll put aside our immigration issues and search for solutions to continue to enjoy the time we do have left in the bush.  In the interim, the beautiful animals have been coming to see us!  What a treat that has been, as always!

Steam engine boiler exposed to show interior, #91, built in 1912.

Enjoy today’s train photos with comments from Tom explaining a few details below each photo. 

Have a  fantastic day!


Photo from one year ago today, August 28, 2017:

When this sweet and friendly butcher at the Farmers Market spotted me with the camera, he willingly posed!  The people of Costa Rica were approachable and warm.  For more photos, please click here.