The Hon Tim Fisher AC
Since serving in Parliament, Tim has pursued bushwalking in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, served as National Chair of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Tourism Australia and has maintained an active program of tours and travel. More recently he served as Australian Ambassador to the Vatican. He has also written several books including Transcontinental Train Odyssey and, last year, Trains Unlimited in the 21st Century. His most recent book has just been released and takes a revealing look at his time in the Vatican – Holy See, Unholy Me: 1000 Days in Rome.
In the 1960s, Robert Kingsford-Smith expanded a childhood passion for railways and began a quest to record on film the world’s disappearing steam locomotives. His often adventurous travels have taken him to over forty countries. The resulting photographs and articles have appeared in The Australian and overseas publications.
Robert has led groups of like-minded enthusiasts on tours to places as diverse as South America, Pakistan and South Africa and more recently has been the tour guide on rail tours through outback Queensland. His train journeys have also allowed him to indulge his love of history and wildlife.
Cairns is of special significance for Robert as his great, great grandfather, R. A. Kingsford, was its first mayor.
Chris has recently retired as the manager of the Railway Bookshop at Sydney’s Central Station. He also spent many years with the steam operating company, 3801 Limited, and conducted tours of Sydney’s disused tunnels for the Australian Railway Historical Society. Chris is often called upon to talk about railway history on local radio. His early career with the Bank of New South Wales/Westpac Bank gave him the desire and opportunity to travel. Chris’ interest in Swiss narrow gauge railways began with his first trip there in 1974 and has grown to the point where he knows the system and the sights of Switzerland back to front. In May 2014 he hosted the Swiss Alpine Railway Adventure, which received great feedback and he is on track again to lead two more tours to Switzerland and beyond.
Alan is a retired English police officer, having served for 30 years. His career equipped him with the ability to deal with all of life’s problems and to communicate well with people. Alan has had an interest in railways since he was a young child having grown up living next to the Great Central Railway (GCR) in Leicestershire until its closure in 1969, when he joined the GCR preservation society. Over the years he has travelled extensively around the UK and most of Western Europe, becoming a tour leader after retiring from the police.
Alan has been a tour leader for over 10 years having led scores of railway-themed tours around the world specializing in the UK, Germany and Switzerland.
Bob Daniel has been fascinated with trains all his life, his father having engineered the construction of many of the famous Australian trains during the 1950’s and 60’s such as the Southern Aurora and The Sunlander. Bob is also the founder and original owner of Guidepost Tours nearly 40 years ago, which now operate niche market tours to many destinations around the world. He regularly travels by rail on local trains throughout South East Asia and many other countries, discovering how the spread of rail routes has led to the development and enhancement of culture and life in rural communities and cities, even in undeveloped regions.
Bob has travelled to Indonesia many times. This has given Bob an in-depth knowledge of the Indonesian Archipelago and an appreciation of which trains are a must to experience, the most scenic routes, and how to use a mix of train travel and other transport modes to feel the love for the country, the people and the culture.
Whilst still involved with the development of itineraries for Guidepost Tours and Railway Adventures, Bob is heavily involved with Heritage Rail Groups in New South Wales, is qualified in Rail Safety and Track Awareness, and travels regularly on steam and diesel tours as train manager or in other capacities.
Hayley Anderson has had a lot of experience in the travel industry, living and working in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Asia and Africa, and touring Canada. She has worked for Scenic Tours as a tour director, for nine years taking passengers all around Australia, extensively touring NZ and taking tours to Africa, Indochina and Canada. She is currently working with Bill Peach Journeys (BPJ) as a casual journey director, looking after high-end tours around Australia, New Zealand and overseas. When she is not on tour with BPJ, Hayley works casually for several companies, taking passengers from visiting cruise ships around Sydney and beyond (including QLD). Hayley has worked with people of all ages and nationalities and understands how important holidays are to her passengers – she is passionate about not only justifying the financial outlay but their high expectations and dreams.