The world’s shortest international railway

What is claimed to be the “shortest international railway” runs for a few metres between Nové Údolí in the Czech Republic and the other side of the now-open border with Germany.

The standard gauge line is on the alignment of a former railway which was fatally severed by the events of the 20th century. Not far away is a small railway museum in an old wagon, and also a rebuilt section of iron curtain.

The international line is operated using a push-along trolley made to look like a steam loco, complete with smoke. Unfortunately it only carries children, so I couldn’t ride on it when I visted on 3 August 2019; I did ask!

LOOP footpath 9 – Uxbridge to Hatch End

Walking the London Outer Orbital Path from Uxbridge to Hatch End on 7 July 2019. Sections 12, 13 and 14 are each relatively short and so can be done in one long-ish day. These sections start by more or less following the canal, then turn off through some countryside and into the woods and through a golf course. The Rose & Crown is a nice pub in Hertfordshire, and there was old US military lorry in a field, a fox on the path and then some horses as Wembley stadium and London came into view.

LOOP footpath 8 – Hayes to Uxbridge

Walking the London Outer Orbital Path from Hayes to Uxbridge – section 11 – on 6 June 2019. A canal, a diversion through a golf course, more canal, a river and back to the canal.

LOOP footpath 7 – Kingston to Hayes

Walking the London Outer Orbital Path from Kingston to Hayes – sections 9 and 10 – on 25 May 2019. Bushy Park is very nice. The environs of Heathrow airport… less so.

LOOP footpath 6 – Ewell to Kingston

Walking the London Outer Orbital Path from Ewell to Kingston – section 8 – on 6 May 2019.