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The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, or VSOE, is a private luxury train service from London to Venice that is popularly referred to as the Orient Express, its historic namesake.
  • The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, or VSOE, is a private luxury train service from London to Venice that is popularly referred to as the Orient Express, its historic namesake.
  • The Glacier Express is an express train connecting railway stations of the two major mountain resorts of St. Moritz and Zermatt in the Swiss Alps.
  • Rocky Mountaineer - 'World's Leading Travel Experience by Train'.
  • The Royal Scotsman is a Scottish luxury charter train run by Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. The train is composed of nine cars; two dining cars, five state cars, one crew car, and one observation car.
  • The Trans-Siberian Railway is a network of railways connecting Moscow with the Russian Far East and the Sea of Japan. It is the longest railway line in the world. There are connecting branch lines into Mongolia, China and North Korea. It has connected Moscow with Vladivostok since 1916 and is still expanded.
  • The Eastern & Oriental Express carries passengers in luxury between Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. The train travels through dense rainforests and towering mountains past golden temples; rubber plantations and fields of frangiapani, tapioca, sunflowers and mango orchards; and remote towns and villages. It has been awarded a place on the World's Top 25 Trains list by The Society of International Railway Travelers for its exceptional beauty, service, dining and off-train experiences.
  • The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, or VSOE, is a private luxury train service from London to Venice that is popularly referred to as the Orient Express, its historic namesake.
  • The Great South Pacific Express, Australia's own Orient-Express is the first ever train to travel the distance from Sydney to Cairns. This luxurious travelling hotel combines the highest standards of Australian engineering with opulence and comfort and the train pays tribute to Australia's early railway heritage.
  • Palace on Wheels - 'A Royal Experience.' Luxury tourist train. It was launched by the Indian Railways to promote tourism in Rajasthan, and has been highly popular since its launch. Palace on Wheels comprises 14 deluxe air-conditioned saloons, completely self-sufficient and tastefully equipped to impress modern travellers. Each compartment is equipped with hot and cold water, attached toilet, shower, intercom, wall-to-wall carpeting and soothing channel music while the passengers enjoy their well-deserved sleep.
  • The Shinkansen, also known as the 'Bullet Train', is a network of high-speed railway lines in Japan operated by four Japan Railways Group companies.
  • The Blue Train travels an approximately 1,600-kilometer (990 mi) journey in South Africa between Pretoria and Cape Town. It is one of the most luxurious train journeys in the world. It boasts butler service, two lounge cars (smoking and non-smoking), an observation car, and carriages with gold-tinted picture windows, in soundproofed, fully carpeted compartments, each featuring its own en-suite (many of which are equipped with a full-sized bathtub). The service is promoted as a 'magnificent moving five-star hotel' by its operators, who note that kings and presidents have travelled on it.
  • Flåm Railway. One of the world's steepest railway lines on normal gauge. Amazing rail journey between the high mountains and the fjord. One of the most beautiful railway lines in the world.
  • The Rhaetian Railway between Thusis and Poschiavo is a marvel of railway engineering. Railway enthusiasts assert that the Albula route between Chur and St. Moritz is the most picturesque mountain route in the world.

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"Railway termini are our gates to the glorious and the unknown. Through them we pass out into adventure and sunshine, to them, alas! we return." - E. M. Forster.

"The press, the machine, the railway, the telegraph are premises whose thousand-year conclusion no one has yet dared to draw." - Friedrich Nietzsche.

The ORIENT EXPRESS is the name of a long-distance passenger train service originally operated by the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits. It ran from 1883 to 2009 and is not to be confused with the Venice-Simplon Orient Express train service, which continues to run.

The route and rolling stock of the Orient Express changed many times. Several routes in the past concurrently used the Orient Express name, or slight variants thereof. Although the original Orient Express was simply a normal international railway service, the name has become synonymous with intrigue and luxury travel. The two city names most prominently associated with the Orient Express are Paris and Istanbul, the original endpoints of the timetabled service.

In 1977, the Orient Express stopped serving Istanbul. Its immediate successor, a through overnight service from Paris to Vienna, ran for the last time from Paris on Friday, June 8, 2007. After this, the route, still called the "Orient Express", was shortened to start from Strasbourg instead, occasioned by the inauguration of the LGV Est which affords much shorter travel times from Paris to Strasbourg. The new curtailed service left Strasbourg at 22.20 daily, shortly after the arrival of a TGV from Paris, and was attached at Karlsruhe to the overnight sleeper service from Amsterdam to Vienna.

On 14 December 2009, the Orient Express ceased to operate and the route disappeared from European railway timetables, reportedly a "victim of high-speed trains and cut-rate airlines". The Venice-Simplon Orient Express train, a private venture by Orient-Express Hotels using original carriages from the 1920s and 30s, continues to run from London to Venice and to other destinations in Europe, including the original route from Paris to Istanbul.

On June 5, 1883 the first 'Express d'Orient' left Paris for Vienna. Vienna remained the terminus until October 4, 1883. The train was officially renamed Orient Express in 1891. The original route, which first ran on October 4, 1883, was from Paris, Gare de l'Est, to Giurgiu in Romania via Munich and Vienna. At Giurgiu, passengers were ferried across the Danube to Ruse, Bulgaria to pick up another train to Varna, from where they completed their journey to Istanbul (then called Constantinople) by ferry. In 1885, another route began operations, this time reaching Istanbul via rail from Vienna to Belgrade and Niš, carriage to Plovdiv and rail again to Istanbul. In 1889, the train's eastern terminus became Varna in Bulgaria, where passengers could take a ship to Istanbul. On June 1, 1889, the first non-stop train to Istanbul left Paris (Gare de l'Est). Istanbul remained its easternmost stop until May 19, 1977. The eastern terminus was the Sirkeci Terminal by the Golden Horn. Ferry service from piers next to the terminal would take passengers across the Bosphorus to Haydarpasa Terminal, the terminus of the Asian lines of the Ottoman Railways.

The onset of World War I in 1914 saw Orient Express services suspended. They resumed at the end of hostilities in 1918, and in 1919 the opening of the Simplon Tunnel allowed the introduction of a more southerly route via Milan, Venice and Trieste. The service on this route was known as the Simplon Orient Express, and it ran in addition to continuing services on the old route. The Treaty of Saint-Germain contained a clause requiring Austria to accept this train: formerly, Austria allowed international services to pass through Austrian territory (which included Trieste at the time) only if they ran via Vienna. The Simplon Orient Express soon became the most important rail route between Paris and Istanbul. The 1930s saw the zenith of Orient Express services, with three parallel services running: the Orient Express, the Simplon Orient Express, and also the Arlberg Orient Express, which ran via Zurich and Innsbruck to Budapest, with sleeper cars running onwards from there to Bucharest and Athens. During this time, the Orient Express acquired its reputation for comfort and luxury, carrying sleeping-cars with permanent service and restaurant cars known for the quality of their cuisine. Royalty, nobles, diplomats, business people and the bourgeoisie in general patronized it. Each of the Orient Express services also incorporated sleeping cars which had run from Calais to Paris, thus extending the service right from one edge of continental Europe to the other.

The start of the Second World War in 1939 again interrupted the service, which did not resume until 1945. During the war, the German Mitropa company had run some services on the route through the Balkans, but Yugoslav Partisans frequently sabotaged the track, forcing a stop to this service. Following the end of the war, normal services resumed except on the Athens leg, where the closure of the border between Yugoslavia and Greece prevented services from running. That border re-opened in 1951, but the closure of the Bulgaria–Turkey border from 1951 to 1952 prevented services running to Istanbul during that time. As the Iron Curtain fell across Europe, the service continued to run, but the Communist nations increasingly replaced the Wagon-Lits cars with carriages run by their own railway services.

By 1962, the Orient Express and Arlberg Orient Express had stopped running, leaving only the Simplon Orient Express. This was replaced in 1962 by a slower service called the Direct Orient Express, which ran daily cars from Paris to Belgrade, and twice weekly services from Paris to Istanbul and Athens. In 1971, the Wagon-Lits company stopped running carriages itself and making revenues from a ticket supplement. Instead, it sold or leased all its carriages to the various national railway companies, but continued to provide staff for the carriages. 1976 saw the withdrawal of the Paris–Athens direct service, and in 1977, the Direct Orient Express was withdrawn completely, with the last Paris–Istanbul service running on May 19 of that year. The withdrawal of the Direct Orient Express was thought by many to signal the end of Orient Express as a whole, but in fact a service under this name continued to run from Paris to Budapest and Bucharest as before (via Strasbourg, Munich, and Budapest). This continued until 2001, when the service was cut back to just Paris–Vienna, the coaches for which were attached to the Paris–Strasbourg express. This service continued daily, listed in the timetables under the name Orient Express, until June 8, 2007. However, with the opening of the LGV Est Paris–Strasbourg high speed rail line on June 10, 2007, the Orient Express service was further cut back to Strasbourg–Vienna, departing nightly at 22:20 from Strasbourg, and still bearing the name.

The TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY is a network of railways connecting Moscow with the Russian Far East and the Sea of Japan. Except for the twice per month regularly served connection between Moscow and Pyongyang, it is the longest railway in the world. There are branch lines to China through Mongolia and Manchuria, with service continuing to North Korea.

In March 1890, the future Tsar Nicholas II personally inaugurated and blessed the construction of the Far East segment of the Trans-Siberian Railway during his stop at Vladivostok, after visiting Japan at the end of his journey around the world. Nicholas II made notes in his diary about his anticipation of travelling in the comfort of "The Tsar's Train" across the unspoiled wilderness of Siberia. The Tsar's Train was designed and built in St. Petersburg to serve as the main mobile office of the Tsar and his staff for travelling across Russia. The main route of the Trans-Siberian railroad begins in Moscow at Yaroslavsky Vokzal, runs through Yaroslavl, Chelyabinsk, Omsk, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Ulan-Ude, Chita and Khabarovsk to Vladivostok via Southern Siberia. It was built from 1891 to 1916 under the supervision of government ministers of Russia who were personally appointed by the Tsar Alexander III and by his son, Tsar Nicholas II. The additional Chinese Eastern Railway was constructed as the Russo-Chinese part of the Trans-Siberian Railway, connecting Russia with China and providing a shorter route to Vladivostok. A Russian staff and administration based in Harbin operated it.

The Trans-Siberian Railway is often associated with the main transcontinental Russian line that connects hundreds of large and small cities of the European and Asian parts of Russia. At 9,259 kilometres (5,753 miles), spanning a record seven time zones and taking eight days to complete the journey, it is the third-longest single continuous service in the world, after the Moscow–Pyongyang (10,267 km, 6,380 mi) and the Kiev–Vladivostok (11,085 km, 6,888 mi) services, both of which also follow the Trans-Siberian for much of their routes.

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  • Al Andalus lounge car.
  • Al Andalus - Southern Spain’s opulent, broad-gauge Al Andalus train returned to the rails May, 2012, with its 1920s-era cars newly renovated. Enjoy the Spanish landscape on the Al Andalus as you journey through the country's southernmost territory. The train combines attentive service, lush décor and elegant cuisine for a once-in-a-life-time experience.
  • Amtrak's Auto Train.
  • AMTRAK - Amtrak Auto Train (Florida): the world's longest train. operating between Lorton, Va., (just outside Washington, D.C.) and Sanford, about 28 miles from Orlando, is "the longest passenger train in the world, with two locomotives and 40-plus passenger rail cars and vehicle carriers operating daily."
  • The observation car of the Andean Explorer.
  • Andean Explorer - the Andean Explorer makes the 9.5-hour trek from Cusco to Puno and Lake Titicaca. You depart Cusco at 8 a.m., arriving Puno about 5:30 p.m. This addition covers one of the highest standard-gauge rail routes in the world, reaching altitudes up to 14,150 feet. A highlight is riding at sunset the few miles before Puno alongside Lake Titicaca. First class service is offered on the Andean Explorer train from Cusco to Puno in refurbished coaches that include dining cars and an open-air observation bar car. The interiors of the First Class coaches on the Cusco to Lake Titicaca trains were designed by James Park & Associates, the same company who designed the elegant First Class cabins for Singapore Airlines.
  • AVE Class 100 train.
  • AVE RENFE - Madrid-Seville on Spain's high-speed 300 km/h train.
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  • Beijing–Guangzhou–Shenzhen–Hong Kong High-Speed Railway.
  • Beijing–Guangzhou–Shenzhen–Hong Kong High-Speed Railway - construction started in 2005. The Wuhan–Guangzhou section opened in December 2009, the Guangzhou–Shenzhen section opened in December 2011, the Zhengzhou–Wuhan section opened in September 2012, and the Beijing–Zhengzhou section was opened in December 2012. The 36-kilometre (22 mi) cross-border Shenzhen–Hong Kong section is expected to open in 2015. With a total journey distance of 2,298 kilometers, it is the world's longest high-speed train route.
  • Bergen-Hønefoss Railway, Norway.
  • BERGEN RAILWAY - a 371 kilometres (231 mi) standard gauge railway line between Bergen and Hønefoss, Norway. The name is often applied for the entire route from Bergen via Drammen to Oslo, where the passenger trains go, a distance of 496 kilometres (308 mi). It is the highest mainline railway line in Northern Europe, crossing the Hardangervidda plateau at 1,237 metres (4,058 ft) above sea level.
  • Bernina Express.
  • Bernina Express - connecting Chur (or Davos) in Switzerland with Poschiavo and Tirano in Italy by crossing the Swiss Alps. For most of its journey, the train also passes along and through the World Heritage Site known as the Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes. The Albula line and the Bernina line on the Bernina Express route were jointly declared a World Heritage Site in 2008. The trip on the Bernina Express through this World Heritage Site is a four-hour railway journey across 196 bridges, through 55 tunnels and across the Bernina Pass on the highest point at 2,253 metres in altitude. The entire line is 1,000 mm (metre gauge). During fall, winter and spring, the Bernina Express consists of several cars which are attached to other, regular trains. From Chur to Samedan, they are part of a RegioExpress train Chur - St. Moritz; from Samedan to Pontresina, they are part of a Regio train Scuol-Tarasp - Pontresina; from Pontresina to Tirano, they are part of a Regio train from St. Moritz - Tirano. Each of these trains includes cars for regular, non-Bernina passengers, and no supplement needs to be paid for them.
  • Interior of the dining car of the Blue Train (South Africa).
  • BLUE TRAIN - travels an approximately 1,600-kilometer (990 mi) journey in South Africa between Pretoria and Cape Town. It is one of the most luxurious train journeys in the world. It boasts butler service, two lounge cars (smoking and non-smoking), an observation car, and carriages with gold-tinted picture windows, in soundproofed, fully carpeted compartments, each featuring its own en-suite (many of which are equipped with a full-sized bathtub). The service is promoted as a "magnificent moving five-star hotel" by its operators, who note that kings and presidents have travelled on it.
  • BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA FEDERAL RAILWAYS - try the trip between Mostar and Sarajevo.
  • The British Pullman.
  • British Pullman - the British Pullman is a luxury, vintage day train that completes the British leg of Orient-Express journeys between Paris and London. Passengers from the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express debark in Calais, France, and board a special Orient-Express bus for the short "piggyback" train ride through the Eurotunnel to Folkestone. There, they board the British Pullman for the ride to London's Victoria station.
  • Brocken Railway.
  • Brocken Railway - (German: Brockenbahn) is one of three tourist metre gauge railways which together with the Harz Railway and Selke Valley Railway form the Harz Narrow Gauge Railways railway network in the Harz mountain range of Germany. It runs from the station of Drei Annen Hohne at 542 m (1,778 ft), where it joins the Harz Railway, via Schierke and the Bode River valley to the summit of the Brocken, the highest mountain of the Harz at 1,141 m (3,743 ft) and part of the Harz National Park. The Brocken Railway leaves Drei Annen Hohne station (542 m above NN), like the Harz Railway, in a southwesterly direction. Before exiting the station, however, it crosses the road to Schierke/Elend and then enters the Harz National Park. It then heads west to Schierke station (688 m), where until 1963, there was a siding to Knaupsholz granite quarry at about the half-way point. The line then runs for some distance along the valley of the Cold Bode, which lies south and far below the line. Next the 971 m high mountain, the Wurmberg, appears on the left, and the train crosses the Brocken Road for the first time.
  • Burma Railway.
  • Burma Railway - also known as the Death Railway, the Thailand–Burma Railway and similar names, is a 415 kilometres (258 mi) railway between Bangkok, Thailand, and Rangoon, Burma (now Yangon, Myanmar), built by the Empire of Japan during World War II, to support its forces in the Burma campaign. Forced labour was used in its construction. About 180,000 Asian labourers and 60,000 Allied prisoners of war (POWs) worked on the railway.
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  • Chemin de Fer de La Mure.
  • CHEMIN DE FER DA LA MURE - The Little Train of La Mure is the beauty of good oldays. Welcome on our 1930's coaches for a splendid travel made of discoveries and wonders near the city of Grenoble, France. Following threats of closure in the mid-1970s, the line was saved by an oil crisis, getting the chance of a further life to become one of the finest tourist railways in Europe with spectacular views over dams and lakes, and mountain scenery. It can be reached easily by road from Grenoble, or by trains on the SNCF line towards Gap, Hautes-Alpes. The line was built between 1882 and 1886, to link Saint-Georges-de-Commiers and La Mure through a mountainous region of the department of Isère.
  • Coast Starlight.
  • Coast Starlight - passenger train operated by Amtrak on the West Coast of the United States. It runs 1,377 miles (2,216 km) from King Street Station in Seattle, Washington, to Union Station in Los Angeles, California. The train's name was formed by merging of two Southern Pacific Railroad train names, the Coast Daylight and the Starlight, two of SP's numerous Coast Line trains. Major stops include Portland and Eugene, Oregon; and Sacramento, Emeryville (for San Francisco), Oakland, San Jose, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara, California.
  • Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad.
  • Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad - New Mexico, U.S.A. Hidden away in a little-known corner of the southern Rocky Mountains, and is a precious historic artifact of the American West. Built in 1880 and essentially unchanged since, the C&TSRR is the most outstanding and best known example of steam-era mountain railroading in North America. Known around the world for its spectacular scenery, unique machinery, and historic structures.
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  • Danube Express.
  • Danube Express - private train operating in central and eastern Europe. It was begun in September 2008, and operates excursions on various itineraries and routes from its home base in Budapest, Hungary. Excursions take the train through Hungary, Romania (including Transylvania), Bulgaria, Turkey, Serbia, Slovakia, Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany. Its operating season is generally from April to October.
  • Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.
  • DARJEELING HIMALAYAN RAILWAY - nicknamed the "Toy Train", is a 2 ft (610 mm) narrow-gauge railway from Siliguri to Darjeeling in West Bengal. Built between 1879 and 1881, the railway is about 78 kilometres (48 mi) long. Its elevation level varies from about 100 metres (328 ft) at New Jalpaiguri to about 2,200 metres (7,218 ft) at Darjeeling. Since 1999 the train has been a World Heritage Site as listed by UNESCO.
  • Deccan Odyssey.
  • Deccan Odyssey - special luxury train modelled on the Palace on Wheels to boost tourism on the Konkan route of the Indian Railways. The route starts in Mumbai and travels to Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Goa, Belgaum, Kolhapur, Pune, Nashik, Aurangabad, Ajanta-Ellora and then back to Mumbai. It is a venture of the Maharashtra Government and the Ministry of Railways, Government of India. In addition to being a train that touches tourist spots, this aims to be a complete 5-star hotel on wheels, with two restaurants and a bar, a sauna, business centre and other such amenities on board.
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  • E&O | EASTERN & ORIENTAL EXPRESS - carries passengers in luxury between Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.
  • East Japan Railway Company's Cruise Train.
  • East Japan Railway Company - the new Cruise Train, designed by Ferrari designer Ken Okuyama, is a luxury hotel on rails.
  • Eastern & Oriental Express.
  • Eastern & Oriental Express - the Eastern & Oriental Express carries passengers in luxury between Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. The train travels through dense rainforests and towering mountains past golden temples; rubber plantations and fields of frangiapani, tapioca, sunflowers and mango orchards; and remote towns and villages. It has been awarded a place on the World's Top 25 Trains list by The Society of International Railway Travelers for its exceptional beauty, service, dining and off-train experiences.
  • Ferrocarril Chihuahua-Pacífico railway.
  • El Chepe - the Ferrocarril Chihuahua al Pacífico (Chihuahua-Pacific Railway). Major rail line in northwest Mexico, linking the city of Chihuahua, Chihuahua, to the city of Los Mochis, Sinaloa and its port Topolobampo. It runs 673 km (418 mi), traversing the Copper Canyon, a beautiful and rugged series of canyons that have led some to call this the most scenic railroad trip on the continent. It is both an important transportation system for locals and a draw for tourists.
  • El Expreso de la Robla, Spain.
  • El Expreso de la Robla - El Expreso de La Robla is an oportunity to travel on a vintage, but with all the menities of any hotel, at an affordable price. Discover the north from Gijón to Santiago and Ribadeo, as you spend 4 or 2 days on board a luxury train but at a price that is within most budgets. This unique experience offers all the nostalgia of the great Train journeys, but with every modern amenity, while emulating all the traditions and glamour of El Transcantábrico route.
  • El Transcantábrico Clásico train.
  • El TranscantÁbrico ClÁsico - the 52-passenger El Transcantábrico Clásico train, which traverses Northern Spain, started in 1983. This is a beautiful train, with an elegant exterior of blue and white. The suites are luxurious, with wooden veneers and rich upholstery that create a wonderful haven to relax in. Either going from Santiago de Compostela to León, or from León to Santiago, the magic of northern Spain awaits the traveller; from the lands of Castile and León, to the shores of the Bay of Biscay.
  • Eurostar.
  • EUROSTAR - high-speed railway service connecting London with Paris and Brussels. All its trains traverse the Channel Tunnel between the United Kingdom and France, owned and operated separately by Eurotunnel.
  • Eurotunnel | Le Shuttle.
  • EUROTUNNEL | LE SHUTTLE - from Folkestone to Calais in just 35 minutes.
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  • Ferrocarril Chihuahua al Pacífico | Copper Canyon Railway.
  • Ferrocarril Chihuahua-PacÍfico | El Chepe - (Copper Canyon Railway). Major rail line in northwest Mexico, linking the city of Chihuahua, Chihuahua, to the city of Los Mochis, Sinaloa and its port Topolobampo. It runs 673 km (418 mi), traversing the Copper Canyon, a beautiful and rugged series of canyons that have led some to call this the most scenic railroad trip on the continent. It is both an important transportation system for locals and a draw for tourists.
  • Flåm Railway.
  • FLÅM RAILWAY - one of the world's steepest railway lines on normal gauge. Amazing rail journey between the high mountains and the fjord. One of the most beautiful railway lines in the world.
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  • Georgetown Loop Railroad.
  • Georgetown Loop Railroad - is a narrow gauge heritage railroad located in the Rocky Mountains in Clear Creek County, Colorado, in the United States. The railroad operates summer tourist trains between the communities of Georgetown and Silver Plume, a distance of 2 miles (3.2 km). The railroad route is 4.5 miles (7.2 km) long and ascends an elevation of 640 feet (195.1 m) through mountainous terrain along with trestles, cuts, fills, and a grand loop.
  • Glacier Express.
  • GLACIER EXPRESS - "The most famous railway in the world. It travels from Zermatt to Davos or St. Moritz in around seven hours. It is a day trip through untouched mountain landscapes, glamorous health resorts, deep gorges, delightful valleys, 91 tunnels and across 291 impressive bridges." The train is operated jointly by the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (MGB) and Rhaetian Railway (RhB). For much of its journey, it also passes along and through the World Heritage Site known as the Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes.
  • The Imperial Suite of the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express.
  • Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express - the all-ensuite Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express was launched in 2007 to much fanfare in Moscow.
  • Gornergrat Bahn.
  • GORNERGRAT BAHN - "The Matterhorn railway." First electrical cog railway in Switzerland (1898). Nine-kilometre metre-gauge mountain rack railway, with Abt rack system. Europe's highest open-air cog railway (3,089 metres a.s.l.) (only in summer) has its lower terminus next to the station of the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn in Zermatt, from where it climbs the Gornergrat daily every 24 minutes. Across stunning bridges, through galleries and tunnels, idyllic forests, past gorges and mountain lakes. With the Matterhorn continually in the field of vision.
  • Great South Pacific Express.
  • Great South Pacific Express - was a luxury train service, run in a joint venture by Queensland Rail and the Venice-Simplon Orient Express, that ran between Kuranda (near Cairns) and Sydney in Australia from 1998 until 2003.
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  • Hiram Bingham.
  • HIRAM BINGHAM - the most luxurious way to journey between Cusco and Machu Picchu, Peru. The Hiram Bingham is an exclusive luxury Orient Express service operated by PeruRail. All service included where you will enjoy a full day of unforgettable experiences.
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  • Indian Pacific.
  • INDIAN PACIFIC - connects the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean on one of the world's longest and greatest train journeys on the "Kangaroo Gold" train. Weekly passenger rail service running between Sydney and Perth in Australia. It is one of the few truly transcontinental trains in the world. The train first ran in February 1970 after the completion of gauge conversion projects in South and Western Australia. The route includes the world's longest straight stretch of railway track, a 478-kilometre (297 mi) stretch over the Nullarbor Plain. In 1983 the service was extended to serve Adelaide. A one-way trip originally took 75 hours, but with line and efficiency improvements it now takes 65 hours. The train currently has four classes, branded as Platinum, Gold Service and Red Service Sleeper and Red Service Daynighter and also a Motorail service to convey passengers' motor vehicles.
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  • The Jacobite.
  • Jacobite Steam Train - also known as the Hogwarts Express. The Jacobite runs a distance of 41 miles between Fort William and Mallaig, passing through an area of great scenic beauty including alongside Loch Eil, Glenfinnan Viaduct (as seen in the Harry Potter films), and Arisaig (the most westerly station in Great Britain). Trains cross with regular service trains at Glenfinnan station, where there is a small museum and café.
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  • Kalka–Shimla Railway.
  • Kalka–Shimla Railway - 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge railway in North-West India travelling along a mostly mountainous route from Kalka to Shimla. It is known for breathtaking views of the hills and surrounding villages.
  • Kangra Valley Railway.
  • Kangra Valley Railway - lies in the sub-Himalayan region and covers a distance of 164 km (101.9 mi). from Pathankot to Jogindernagar. The Kangra valley railway comes under the Firozpur division of Northern Railway. It is one of two mountain railways that run in Himachal Pradesh, the other being Kalka-Shimla Railway, which is also a world heritage site.
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway.
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway - railway line that runs from Cairns, Queensland, Australia to the nearby town of Kuranda. The tourist railway snakes its way up the Macalister Range and is no longer used for regular commuter services. It passes through the suburbs of Stratford, Freshwater (stopping at Freshwater Station) and Redlynch before reaching Kuranda.
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  • Le Train Bleu.
  • LE TRAIN BLEU - ("The Blue Train"). The Calais-Méditerranée Express was a luxury French night express train which operated from 1886 to 2007. It gained international fame as the preferred train of wealthy and famous passengers between Calais and the French Riviera in the two decades before World War II. It was colloquially referred to as Le Train Bleu in French (which became its formal name after World War II) and the Blue Train in English because of its dark blue sleeping cars.
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  • The Napa Valley Wine Train, 1275 Mckinstry St, Napa, California, U.S.A.
  • Napa Valley Wine Train - "Explore Napa Valley by Rail." The Napa Valley Wine Train is one of the most distinctive Napa restaurants, offering an authentic, memorable experience that echoes the glory days of train travel, with fine dining service, multiple course meals, Napa Valley scenery and ultimate relaxation aboard exquisitely restored vintage rail cars.
  • Nariz del Diablo.
  • Nariz del Diablo - "The Ecuadorian Railway: The Most Difficult Train in the World."
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  • La Trochita | Old Patagonian Express.
  • Old Patagonian Express | La Trochita - 750 mm (2 ft 5½ in) narrow gauge railway in Patagonia, Argentina using steam locomotives. The nickname La Trochita means literally "little gauge". The Trochita railway is 402 km in length and runs through the foothills of the Andes between Esquel and El Maitén in Chubut Province and Ingeniero Jacobacci in Río Negro Province, originally it was part of Ferrocarriles Patagónicos, a network of railways in southern Argentina. Nowadays, with its original character largely unchanged, it operates as a heritage railway and was made internationally famous by the 1978 Paul Theroux book The Old Patagonian Express, which described it as the railway almost at the end of the world. Theroux had sought to ride trains as far as possible into southern Argentina but did not include in his adventures the several railroads which were further south than Esquel, presumably because they were not considered operational or with sufficient connection to larger lines.
  • A lounge car of the Venice-Simplon Orient Express.
  • Orient Express - (1883-2009). Long-distance passenger train service originally operated by the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits. It ran from 1883 to 2009 and is not to be confused with the Venice-Simplon Orient Express train service, which continues to run.
  • Outeniqua Choo Tjoe.
  • Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe Train - travel on South Africa’s only remaining scheduled steam train, the Outeniqua Choo Tjoe. The Choo Tjoe offers its passengers a unique, picturesque and scenic 52-kilometre journey experiencing the Garden Route with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean.
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  • Palace on Wheels.
  • Palace on Wheels - "A Royal Experience." Luxury tourist train. It was launched by the Indian Railways to promote tourism in Rajasthan, and has been highly popular since its launch. Palace on Wheels comprises 14 deluxe air-conditioned saloons, completely self-sufficient and tastefully equipped to impress modern travellers. Each compartment is equipped with hot and cold water, attached toilet, shower, intercom, wall-to-wall carpeting and soothing channel music while the passengers enjoy their well-deserved sleep.
  • Observation car.
  • PRIDE OF AFRICA - luxury train which is run by Rovos Rail. It is billed as the "World's Most Luxurious Train". It travels through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania.
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  • A train pulled by an NJ2 locomotive travels on the Qingzang railway in 2008.
  • Qinghai–Tibet Railway - the line includes the Tanggula Pass, which, at 5,072 m (16,640 feet) above sea level, is the world's highest railway. The Qinghai–Tibet railway, Qinghai–Xizang railway or Qingzang railway, is a high-elevation railway that connects Xining, Qinghai Province, to Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, in People's Republic of China. The length of the railway is 1,956 km (1,215 mi). Construction of the 815 km (506 mi) section between Xining and Golmud was completed by 1984. The 1,142 km (710 mi) section between Golmud and Lhasa was inaugurated on 1 July 2006 by party general secretary, president Hu Jintao: the first two passenger trains were "Qing 1" (Q1) from Golmud to Lhasa, and "Zang 2" (J2) from Lhasa. This railway is the first to connect the Tibet Autonomous Region to any other province, which, due to its elevation and terrain, is the last province-level entity in mainland China to have a railway. Testing of the line and equipment started on 1 May 2006. Passenger trains run from Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Xining and Lanzhou. The line includes the Tanggula Pass, which, at 5,072 m (16,640 feet) above sea level, is the world's highest railway. Tanggula railway station at 5,068 m (16,627 feet) 33² 0' 18.5" N 91² 38' 57.7" E is the world's highest railway station. 1,338 m (4,390 ft) Fenghuoshan tunnel is the highest rail tunnel in the world at 4,905 m (16,093 ft) above sea level. The 4,010 m (13,160 ft) Guanjiao tunnel is the longest tunnel between Xining and Golmod and 3,345 m (10,974 ft) Yangbajing tunnel is the longest tunnel between Golmod and Lhasa. More than 960 km (600 mi), over 80% of the Golmod-Lhasa section, is at an elevation of more than 4,000 m (13,123 ft). There are 675 bridges, totalling 159.88 km (99.34 mi), and about 550 km (340 mi) is laid on permafrost.
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  • The Rhaetian Railway between Thusis and Poschiavo is a marvel of railway engineering. Railway enthusiasts assert that the Albula route between Chur and St. Moritz is the most picturesque mountain route in the world. In 2008, UNESCO added the 'Rhaetian Railway in the Albula/Bernina landscape' to its list of World Heritage Sites.
  • Rhaetian Railway - in 2008, UNESCO added the "Rhaetian Railway in the Albula/Bernina landscape" to its list of World Heritage Sites, making the Rhaetian Railway only the third in the world judged to be of "outstanding universal value": Giddying viaducts, twisting tunnels and other spectacular feats of engineering all blend harmoniously into the wild and rugged landscape along the 122 beautiful kilometres of the Rhaetian Railway's Albula-Bernina line. Along its way from Thusis via St. Moritz to Tirano, the line leads past 20 municipalities, through 55 tunnels and over 196 bridges – including the highlight, the world-famous Landwasser Viaduct near Filisur, an elegant curved structure of dark limestone 65 metres tall.
  • Rocky Mountaineer.
  • ROCKY MOUNTAINEER - the world-acclaimed Rocky Mountaineer train, a two-day, all daylight rail journey between Canada’s West and the Canadian Rockies. Awarded the "World's Leading Travel Experience by Train" in 2005, 2006 and 2007 at the World Travel Awards, has been listed among the "World's Top 25 Trains" since 2005 by The Society of International Railway Travelers, and was recognized by National Geographic Magazine as one of the "World’s Best Journeys" in 2007. The Society of American Travel Writers, the world’s largest organization of professional travel journalists and photographers, rated the Rocky Mountaineer as the world's top train ride in 2009.
  • The dining car of Rovos Rail.
  • ROVOS RAIL - "The Most Luxurious Train in the World." Cape to Cairo or Cairo to Cape.
  • Royal Banff dinner train at the Royal Canadian Pacific.
  • Royal Canadian Pacific - "Luxury Vacations in the Rockies." Luxury excursion passenger train operated by the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), inaugurated on June 7, 2000.
  • Royal Rajasthan on Wheels.
  • Royal Rajasthan on Wheels - "An epitome of luxury, royalty, pleasure, wonder and so on. It is the latest version of Palace on Wheels with better facilities. The new version of the Palace on Wheels will cover these destinations – Delhi, Jaipur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Chittaurgarh, Bharatpur and Agra. Tourists will be taken through a charismatic train tour of 8 days."
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  • Semmering Railway.
  • SEMMERING RAILWAY - starts at Gloggnitz and leads over the Semmering to Mürzzuschlag was the first mountain railway in Europe built with a standard gauge track. It is commonly referred to as the world's first true mountain railway.
  • Seven Stars | Nanatsuboshi in Kyushu.
  • Seven Stars | Nanatsuboshi in Kyushu - Japan's Kyushu Railway's unveils the "Nanatsuboshi" (Seven Stars) train in Kitakyushu, on September 13, 2013. The railway operator has unveiled the new super-luxury train it hopes will appeal to well-heeled travellers who don't mind splashing out to have their every travelling need fulfilled. Deluxe sleeping car excursion train on order by Kyushu Railway Company (JR Kyushu) in Japan for use on services from October 2013. The name of the train is derived from the seven prefectures of Kyushu and the fact that the train will be made up of seven cars. The train consists of the DF200-7000 locomotive and seven coaches: five sleeping cars with 14 private suites, a lounge car, and a high-end dining car, with a total capacity of 28 passengers. The rear car of the train will feature two deluxe suites and observation car. All suites have their own toilets and shower facilities. The total cost of building the train was approximately 3 billion yen.
  • The Shangri-La Express (Tibet).
  • SHANGRI-LA EXPRESS - "The world's highest railway." Beijing - Hong Kong - Lhasa - Moscow - Shanghai - Ulaan Baatar. Until now, Tibet has been virtually inaccessible. The awesome Golmud to Lhasa railway, which opened in 2006, opened Tibet to rail tourism. More than 600 miles (960 km), over 80% of the railway is at an altitude of more than 13,000 ft (4,000 m) and much of this magnificent line runs over permafrost. With the summit, the Tangula Pass, at 16,640 ft, (5,072 m) it is also the world's highest railway.
  • The Shinkansen.
  • Shinkansen - The Shinkansen, also known as the "Bullet Train", is a network of high-speed railway lines in Japan operated by four Japan Railways Group companies.
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  • TGV | Train à Grande.
  • TGV | TRAIN À GRANDE VITESSE - (French for 'high-speed train'). France's high-speed rail service, currently operated by SNCF Voyages, the long-distance rail branch of SNCF, the French national rail operator. The success of the first line, the LGV Sud-Est, led to an expansion of the network, with new lines built in the south (LGV Rhône-Alpes and LGV Méditerranée), west (LGV Atlantique), north (LGV Nord) and east (LGV Est) of the country. Eager to emulate the success of the French network, neighbouring countries such as Belgium, Italy, Spain and Germany built their own high-speed lines. TGVs link with Switzerland, Italy, Germany and Belgium through the French network, with Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands through the Thalys network, and the Eurostar network links France and Belgium with the United Kingdom. Several lines are planned, including extensions within France and to surrounding countries. Cities such as Tours have become a part of a "TGV commuter belt".
  • The Canadian.
  • THE CANADIAN - VIA Rail Canada’s flagship train. Canadian transcontinental passenger train with service between Union Station in Toronto, Ontario and Pacific Central Station in Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • The Flåm Railway.
  • THE FLÅM RAILWAY - one of the most beautiful railway lines in the world. An incredible train journey from the mountain station at Myrdal on the Bergen Railway, down to Flåm station nestled in the innermost corner of the Aurlandfjord.
  • The Ghan.
  • The Ghan - passenger train operating between Adelaide, Alice Springs, and Darwin on the Adelaide–Darwin railway in Australia. Operated by Great Southern Rail, the journey takes 54 hours to travel the 2,979 kilometres (1,851 mi) with a four-hour stopover in Alice Springs. The service's name is an abbreviated version of its previous nickname The Afghan Express, unofficially bestowed service of the in 1923, by one of its crews. The train's name honours Afghan camel drivers who arrived in Australia in the late 19th century to help find a way to reach the country's unexplored interior. The Ghan has added Platinum luxury-class service, which is getting excellent reviews.
  • The lounge car of The Royal Scotsman.
  • THE ROYAL SCOTSMAN - Scottish luxury charter train run by Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. The train is composed of nine cars; two dining cars, five state cars, one crew car, and one observation car.
  • The Sunlander.
  • The Sunlander - voted Australia's best and enjoy the breathtaking scenery between Brisbane and Cairns onboard The Sunlander. A three times a week long distance passenger rail service running between Brisbane and Cairns, Queensland, Australia a total distance of 1,691 kilometres. The service is a locomotive hauled train at present with plans to introduce a new Tilt Train on The Sunlander service in the future.
  • Trans-Siberian Railway Express' routes.
  • The gold lounge car of the Trans-Siberian Railway.
  • TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY - travel from Yaroslavsky Terminal, Moscow to Vladivostok (9,259 km / 5,753 miles). It is the longest railway in the world. A network of railways connecting Moscow and European Russia with the Russian Far East provinces, Mongolia, China and the Sea of Japan.
  • Tren a las Nubes.
  • Tren a las Nubes - (English: Train to/of the Clouds) is a train service in Salta Province, Argentina, that connects the Argentine Northwest with the Chilean border in the Andes mountain range, over 4,220 metres (13,850 ft) above mean sea level, the third highest railway in the world.
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  • The restaurant car of the Venice-Simplon Orient Express.
  • VENICE SIMPLON ORIENT-EXPRESS - luxury train travel through Europe on the Orient-Express. On 25 May 1982, the first London-Venice run was made. It is currently owned by Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. The company owns 50 luxury hotels, restaurants, tourist trains and river cruises in 24 countries.
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  • West Highland Line.
  • West Highland Line - ("Iron Road to the Isles") is considered the most scenic railway line in Britain, linking the ports of Mallaig and Oban on the west coast of Scotland to Glasgow. The line was voted the top rail journey in the world by readers of independent travel magazine Wanderlust in 2009, ahead of the iconic Trans-Siberian and the Cuzco to Machu Picchu line in Peru. The ScotRail website has since reported that the line has been voted the most scenic railway line in the world for the second year running.
  • White Pass and Yukon Route.
  • White Pass and Yukon Route - "Built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush, this narrow gauge railroad is an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, a designation shared with the Panama Canal, the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty." Canadian and U.S. Class II narrow gauge railroad linking the port of Skagway, Alaska, with Whitehorse, the capital of Yukon. An isolated system, it has no direct connection to any other railroad.
  • Wuhan–Guangzhou High-Speed Railway.
  • WUHAN-GUANGZHOU HIGH-SPEED RAILWAY - trains G1001 and G1003 cover the 968 kilometres (601 mi) long journey from Wuhan to Guangzhou North in 2 hours, 57 minutes, at an average speed of 312.5 km/h. This speed is also the fastest of any commercial train services in the world.
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  • Bavarian Zugspitze Railway.
  • ZUGSPITZE RAILWAY | Bayerische Zugspitzbahn Bergbahn - "Top of Germany." Built in the 1930s. Full moon ride with gala dinner: Germany's highest mountain (2,962 metres a.s.l.) by night. In the early evening, a special cog wheel train brings you to the top of Zugspitze, where you will be greeted by spectacular evening light. In the middle of the Zugspitzplatt where the train ends, lies the Zugspitze Glacier that appears even more mysterious and majestic than usual under the evening sky.
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