Great Rail Journeys invite you to an exclusive event

The Royal Geographical Society, Kensington Gore, London on Wednesday 17th December, 2014.

As sponsors of the India’s Disappearing Railways exhibition, Great Rail Journeys welcome you as a guest for the limited entry event, including viewing of the exhibition and a presentation by BBC Presenter and Historian, Michael Wood, entitled “Travels in India”. This event normally carries a charge, however by special arrangement subscribers to Aboutmygeneration are invited as guests of Great Rail Journeys free of charge with an RSVP required. Join the ARAVALI programme and enjoy:

16:30 – Self-guided viewing of India’s Disappearing Railways Exhibition, Pavilion Gallery

India’s Disappearing Railways exhibition is a selection of magnificent images taken by Australian photographer Angus McDonald, capturing the sub-continent’s unique narrow-gauge railways in all their vivid colour and character. It is an intimate and humorous portrait of life on the trains, evoking the very soul of India; with a rare empathy and insight illustrates the lives of those who ride them, who work on them, and who live alongside them.

These railways, whether in the snow-peaked Himalaya, the terai of Rajasthan or the verdant Nilgiri Hills of Tamil Nadu – are vanishing. India’s Disappearing Railways records a way of life that is slowly disappearing and documents the diversity of this vast and multi-layered country from a unique standpoint.

After years living and working in India I wanted to gather a set of photos that would summarise many of the things I admire about this country: its tolerance, its diversity, its beauty. I chose these trains because they are a metaphor for all these qualities.”commented Angus McDonald

17:15 – Your guide will escort you to the Ondaatje Theatre

17:30 – Presentation I – Catherine Anderson

Editor of India’s Disappearing Railways and exhibition curator Catherine Anderson, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, discusses the history and future of India’s narrow-gauge railways, illustrated by the vivid contemporary photo-archive of photojournalist Angus McDonald who spent five years documenting their humanity, diversity and beauty.

An introduction to the Great Rail Journeys and Rail Discoveries escorted group rail holidays in the Indian Subcontinent. An overview of the destinations and a glimpse of life on board some of India’s most luxurious private trains.

Presentation II – Great Rail Journeys

18:00 – Free time

There is a cash bar located in the Map Room or feel free to take another look at the exhibition in the Pavilion. All guests must leave the theatre for a short time so that it is prepared for the main event of the evening. Please take all your belongings as seating for the main event will not be the same.

18:45 – Please take your seat in the Ondaatje Theatre

19:00 – Michael Wood Talk in the Ondaatje Theatre

Celebrated historian, broadcaster and film-maker Michael Wood – author of BBC’s The Story of India, In The Footsteps of Alexander the Great, Conquistadors and much more – will be delivering a talk in aid of The Angus McDonald Trust.

20:00 – Book signing by Michael Wood.


Please feel free come and talk to any of the Great Rail Journeys team about our holidays to India and the promotion we are offering to our guests today. We look forward to welcoming you aboard a rail holiday later in the year.


Please email no later than Friday 12th December at 2pm.  Spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

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Special note

As this event is normally a paid event and you are invited as a guest with no charge please can you let us know if you are not able to attend after you have accepted. All proceeds of the ticket sales made by Great Rail Journeys will go to the Angus McDonald trust and therefore we want to ensure everyone who wants to come to this free of charge event can do so, with numbers in limited capacity your seat charge paid by Great Rail Journeys will be going to a worthy cause.