Odiham and District

July Meeting

Monthly Meetings 2019 - 2020

Slow Train to Damascus
Paul Whittle

Paul has been a travel lecturer for 12 years. In the UK he gives over 130 talks each year, raising funds for his chosen charities in Myanmar (Burma) and India. He is also a lecturer for Fred Olsen Cruise Lines and P & O Cruises.

His interests are many and varied. He is a keen military historian, having visited the battlefields of the Crimean War, the American Civil War in Virginia and the French Maginot Line defences.

Reflecting his interest in heritage transport Paul is Vice-Chairman of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society. He is a frequent visitor to India and is the Society’s principal link with Indian Railways. In the UK he is a member of several steam heritage railways and also the Wey and Arun Canal Trust. His charitable activities include being President of a community club for the blind and partially sighted.
To date Paul has travelled to over 65 countries including such relatively unknown lands as Eritrea, Armenia, Romania and Montenegro. He has also crossed the Sahara Desert. In this talk some of the highlights will be: Petra, the Dead Sea Roman cities and a rare desert train ride on the Turkish-built Hedjaz Railway wrecked by ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ in WW1.