I booked this because I thought it would be a change from all the nature-based activities we had planned, and it served that purpose very well. The steam engine is unusual in that it is wood-fired, not coal-fired, so a lot less smut than other steam trains I have been on, which is a good thing as the windows are kept open for ventilation. The staff are all dressed in pith helmets and jungle suits - very Rudyard Kipling - and the carriages are fitted out as per the early 1900's. A nice breakfast is served as you leave, and a hot lunch on your return journey. There is one stop on the way, at a very small town with interesting wooden houses built by the British and of the same era. Then you get out at the turnaround point and wander around another small town. It is worth hanging around the train station, though, to watch as the engine is turned around 180 degrees on a turntable so that it is ready to be coupled to the other end of the train for the return journey. The train is slow and you don't travel far, but that's not the point. I wouldn't say the ride is scenic, but it is interesting to watch the ever-changing tableau of Borneo life pass by the window. There are plenty of children waving as the train passes, and it is funny to see people in cars waiting at crossings taking a picture of the train on their smart phones! I haven't rated this 5 stars only because it is rather expensive for what it is. But myself and early teenage children really enjoyed the day.
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