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There can be few people who have never thought of escaping to their own private island. Now with this unique video programme, it is possible not only visit the island of your choice but also find plenty of rail action. The three contrasting islands featured in this programme all still rely heavily on rail transport, offering the rare opportunity to combine a relaxing sunshine holiday visit with some very distinctive rail action. This superbly made programme, which also highlights the great variety of scenic delights on these three very different Islands, includes: Sicily Rail ferry services from the Italian main land to Messina, including docks traffic are examined. Also standard gauge electrified freight and passenger services on the scenic rural routes from Messina to Catania and Palermo. As well as diesel, freight and passenger services from Palermo to Trapani, and main line services between Caltanissetta and Catania. There's also plenty of narrow gauge action featuring the famous Ferrovia Circumetnea which circles the still active volcano of Mount Etna. Sardinia Both standard and narrow gauge lines are featured in detail on this fascinating Italian island. There are loco hauled passenger as well as diesel unit operations and plenty of freight action to be seen on the main FS line that operates from Golfo Aranci down the length of the island to Cagliari. Highlights include, double, triple and even quadruple headed freights! Several famous Ferrovie della Sardegna narrow gauge lines with their distinctive units are also featured, including the line from Macomer to Nuoro which still sees a daily freight service. Also part of the still operational huge network of narrow gauge lines in the south east of the island are explored, including steam action along the scenic Mandas to Arbatax Mountain line. Also a cab ride on the FdS Nulvi to Sassari line. Corsica The French narrow gauge Corsican railway network may not be as profuse as the other islands featured in this programme but it certainly makes up for this with plenty of scenic variety. Featured routes include Bastia to Ponte-Leccia, and Calvi to Ile-Rousse - with its fabulous coastal scenery including beach running. There is also freight action on the mountainous main line from Ponte-Leccia south to Ajaccio, including a cab ride along the most scenic part of this line. The network is renowned for it's many splendid viaducts including the most famous structure which was designed by Gustave Eiffel.
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