Trundling train & Bob Marley again
Oct 27, 2009
Dec 17, 2009
Where I stayed
Zion House View
. There was lots of hooting as the railway track seems the nearest thing to a public footpath network they have here.
Other quaint thimgs here - they re-use exam papers & questions to wrap stuff up in shops etc - so we got peanuts on the train in an old exam paper. They also still have here (everywhere) Lemon Puffs, Ice Cream Soda, & as a new one Chocolate Marie biscuits.
So we safely arrived at Ella & to a new smart guest house called Zion House with a fantastic view of Ella Gap down to the Southern plains. Zion became apparent when there was a big picture of Bob & a dog called Marley. I think you could tour SE asia in Bob Marley themed places. Again this was virtually a homestay & they produced great meals for us (with much 'no spicing' from Liz).
This is a part of the country you can walk in so we went up Little Adams Peak in the morning and I did Ella Rock in the afternoon. We had a nice stay here.
On of the nice things about SE Asia is that lots of stuff is quite retro - take Hatton Station, so obviously British turn of the century - ticket offices with seperate ticket windows, cardboard tickets, waiting rooms for clergy, ageing tourist posters, semaphore signals, old avery scales, a parcel office. All very period, we were also lucky the ageing rattling train was only 20 minutes late & we got seats in the only 2nd class carriage. Just like India, trains are not dull - wandering vendors, people hanging off the open doors (if not on the roof) & everyone wanting a chat. This is a spectacular piece of line in the hill country clinging to the hillside & through little tunnels as it passes tea estates & waterfalls & great scenery. As it rarely goes over about 25mph it was a leisurely trundling rattling run. Most of the sleepers look original. Via a German guy I got into the driver's cab for the last leg to Ella - 'what's this I said' 'Oh that's the broken speedo' says the driver. There are speed restriction signs eveywhere but he drove by 'experience' his 36 years of service was only 1 less than the engine