Useful information for viewers

The Producers would like to thank everyone who made this series possible.

If you would like to experience some of the highlights of Chris’s railway adventures featured in the series here is some further information about where we stayed and how we did it…

EPISODE ONE: The Road to Mandalay

• Millenium Hilton Bangkok… For great views over Bangkok: http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/thailand/millennium-hilton-bangkok-hotel-BKKHITW/index.html
• Hellfire Pass Museum… http://hellfire-pass.commemoration.gov.au/remembering-the-railway/hellfire-pass-memorial-museum.php
• Myanmar by Train… http://khiri.com/

EPISODE TWO: Crossing the Andes

• Bolivian National Railways is the best port of call for organising your train journeys
http://www.fca.com.bo/
• Salt Hotel… Feeling salty? Here’s the link to the incredible Hotel Luna Salada in Bolivia made entirely from salt!
http://www.lunasaladahotel.com.bo/
• Train Graveyard, Uyuni… http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/great-train-graveyard
• Altitude Sickness Advice… https://www.bolivianlife.com/dealing-with-altitude-sickness-in-bolivia/
• Local Airline… There are areas in the Andes that are not covered by tracks so it’s best to fly or travel by 4×4. We found the staff at the domestic airline Amaszonas extremely kind and helpful. http://www.amaszonas.com/
• Local Travel agent… in Bolivia http://www.boliviamia.net/

EPISODE THREE: One Way Ticket to Siberia

• Russian Railways… www.rzd.ru or www.russianrailways.com
• Nenets… to visit the Nenets we recommend http://www.yamalpeninsulatravel.com/ and http://yamaltravel.com/Tours/Nenet-migration-tour/
• World’s Most Northerly Railway Station… for tourist trips contact www.nordrail.com/tour_travel_yamal_arctic_railway.html
• Arctic Kit & Expedition Advice… http://www.ice-warrior.com/business/expedition-outfitters/expedition-hire-equipment/
• Visa application for Russia… www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/russia/entry-requirements

EPISODE FOUR: Slow Train to Guantanamo Bay

• General travel information… http://www.travel2cuba.co.uk
• Train Timetables and advice … http://www.cuba-junky.com/cuba/train-schedules.htm or http://www.seat61.com/Cuba.htm#.Vfsu5nBXeK0
• Hershey Electric Railway… http://bestcubaguide.com/how-to-take-the-electric-hershey-train-in-havana-cuba/
• Hotel Nacional de Cuba… http://www.hotelnacionaldecuba.com/en/home.asp
• Stay with a Local at a Casas Particulares… www.Cuba-Junky.com
• Santa Clara – Hotel La Granita… http://www.cubahotelreservation.com/hotel.asp?hotel_code=SCTCUBVGranjita
• Che Guevara Mausoleum, Santa Clara… http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/central-cuba/santa-clara/sights/landmarks-monuments/monumento-ernesto-che-guevara
• “Armoured Train Museum” (Spanish: Tren Blindado), Santa Clara station… https://www.tripadvisor.co.nz/Attraction_Review-g671534-d2718318-Reviews-Monumento_a_la_Toma_del_Tren_Blindado-Santa_Clara_Villa_Clara_Province_Cuba.html

 

EPISODE FIVE: The Great Japanese Train Ride

• Visitor information from JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organisation)… http://www.seejapan.co.uk/jnto_consumer/index
• Japan Rail Pass (must buy before you leave your home country)… www.japantravel.co.uk/jrp.htmm and www.japanrailpass.net
• Train Timetables and route searches… www.hyperdia.com and www.internationalrail.com/rail-passes
• Customs, Manners & Etiquette… https://www.japan-rail-pass.com/japan-by-rail/travel-tips/etiquette
• Hiroshima WWII Trams… http://www.hiroden.co.jp/en/s-howtoride.html
• Tama Cat train… http://www.wakayama-dentetsu.co.jp/images/wakayama_eng.pdf
• Oigawa Steam Railway… http://www.oigawa-railway.co.jp/pdf/oigawa_rail_eng.pdf or http://www.jrtr.net/jrtr31/pdf/f30_shi.pdf
• Trainspotter Hotel… Chris stayed at the Hotel Mets Tabata in Tokyo. http://www.jrhotelgroup.com/eng/hotel/eng121.htm
• Akita Nairiku Line… http://www.tokyoweekender.com/2014/01/the-akita-nairiku-line-winter-wonderland-by-rail/
• Gono Line… http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/routemaps/resortshirakami.html
• Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI) Tours… http://www.rtri.or.jp/eng/

EPISODE SIX: The Railway that Created Canada

• Ontario Budd Car to White River… http://www.viarail.ca/en/explore-our-destinations/trains/ontario-and-quebec/sudbury-white-river
• Continental Motel, White River (Winnie the Pooh town)… http://www.continentalmotel.ca and http://www.whiteriver.ca
• The Canadian… www.viarail.ca
• Banff Springs Hotel… http://www.fairmont.com/banff-springs/accommodations/
• Sulphur Mountain by Gondola… http://www.banffadventures.com/things-to-do/summer/banff-gondola-rides.aspx
• The Rocky Mountaineer… http://www.rockymountaineer.com
• Fraser River Rafting… http://www.fraserraft.com
• Vancouver Floatplane Tour… www.harbourair.com
• For help planning your trip, speak to the friendly folks at:
Canada Tourism www.canadatourism.com
Travel Manitoba www.travelmanitoba.com/
Travel Alberta www.travelalberta.com/
Tourism British Columbia www.hellobc.com/
Tourism Vancouver www.tourismvancouver.com

Hotel Death Trap Week

Neighbours’ favourite Leisure Complex becomes Hotel from Hell in a week-long special on Channel 5 at 10pm on Monday 4thApril

Catch up on Neighbours on My5

Coming next month to Channel 5, a UK exclusive 10pm episode of Neighbours, as part of ‘Hotel Death Trap’ week. The week promises five days of gripping and unmissable drama, when viewers will see the demise of a much-loved Ramsay St regular. In one of the soap’s most emotional and moving death scenes since Harold lost his beloved Madge, Neighbours fans – no strangers to the odd natural or man-made disaster – will be left reeling for months to come when a massive explosion at the Lassiter’s complex threatens the lives of their favourite characters in a week-long special that begins on Channel 5 on Monday 4th April.

Producers of the Channel 5 hit show have warned viewers that at least two regular cast members will be checking-out for good by the end of the week, with a number of cliff hangers to keep them guessing as to whose lives are in jeopardy. The cast departures will be counterbalanced with the arrival of two surprise returns to the show, as well as the unveiling of two mysterious strangers, at least one of whom will provide an on-going storyline for many weeks to come. And, of course, with a number of red herrings seeded along the way, the show will keep viewers guessing on the culprit behind the explosion for the next few months, in the ultimate game of whodunnit.

The action kicks off on Channel 5 on Monday 4th April with a gripping hour-long 10pm special, which sees Erinsborough’s renowned leisure complex a hive of activity. Unaware that someone is up to no good in the hotel’s boiler room, the residents go about their daily business with secret rendez-vous, surprise encounters and the arrival of not one, but two, mystery men. As the boiler room explodes, Lassiters suddenly becomes the hotel from Hell, as residents and guests are buried and trapped beneath the former hotel building. Over the course of the week each episode is set in a different room, and plays out the fate of a separate set of characters. And by the end of the week, the lives of some of the Ramsay Street Neighbours will be irrevocably changed.

 

Neighbours airs Monday-Friday on Channel 5 at 1.45pm and 5.30pm

 

UK Exclusive episode airs at 10pm on 4th April

Meet Ramsay Street’s new bad boy

Standing tall at 193cm, Australian actor Brad McMurray is used to being cast as the intimidating bad guy and is relishing his role as Ramsay Street’s newest villain Jacka Hills.

According to his co-stars of the nightly soap, Brad is the nicest baddie in the neighbourhood. His character Jacka, an old acquaintance of Steph Scully played by Neighbours’ favourite Carla Bonner, returns initially at her request. However, as viewers will soon discover, there is trouble brewing and Jacka is in the thick of it.

“It’s a great show to be apart of and I’m quite adept at playing the bad guy so this is really a lot of fun. I love causing trouble and there are definitely a few surprises in store where Jacka is concerned,” said Brad who grew up on the Gold Coast.

A graduate of the Queensland University in Fine Arts (Acting), Brad has featured in many Australian drama series including Black Comedy, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Sea Patrol and the upcoming tele-movie Brock on TEN. He has appeared in numerous feature films such as Deception with Cuba Gooding Jr, Bad Drama with Ray Liotta and soon-to-be released Australian film Pawno, a finalist at Cinefest in Canada.

Brad is skilled at martial arts which has lead to an interest in stunt work in film an television. His episodes are currently screening.