Turkish Trip - Eclipsed - March 2006

Unusually, the main reason for doing this trip wasn't the trains. I'd promised myself a trip to see a total solar eclipse ever since missing the best of the 1999 eclipse in Britain due to cloud. None of the following eclipses had been at convenient times or in places I was particularly keen to go. This one was different as it passed over Turkey, a country I had visited several times in the '70s and '80s and thoroughly enjoyed. At that time there were still steam locomotives around but they had all disappeared years ago. An added bonus was that the eclipse passed over Kapadokya (Cappadocia), one of the natural wonders of the world with its surreal landscape of amazing rock formations. This was an opportunity not to be missed. The trains weren't ignored altogether although they were definitely relegated to second place.

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