The Trails to Rails Grand Tour was designed by TeamStrange in the US as a rally that could be run anywhere in the world. The premise is to find and photograph steam trains with your motorcycle and rally flag. Points are awarded for each train photographed- 1 point for a steam train and 5 points for an operating steam train. There is also a bonus location in Australia 140km up a dirt road off the Eyre highway at the memorial where the east and west tracks met.
The Grand Tour runs between 1 April 2022 and 15 November 2022.
To be classified as a finisher you need 25 points.
Update – 30Dec22, results are in (link) – in total there was 95 starters and 53 official finishers. I was scored as having 51 points and came in equal 26th
Steam train locations I nabbed
By my calculations I should get 50 points (30 points for operating steam trains + 20 points for static steam trains), not including a possible wildcard point. Below is a map of all the locations I visited.
- Green – videos of steam trains in operation
- Purple – photos of static steam trains
- Yellow – wildcard