Ultimate Train Journeys: World is your guide to 30 of the best train trips around the world.
These trips are all unforgettable journeys with outstanding scenery and memorable. Some of the trips are short, some are long and they range from first-class luxury to cheap and cheerful.
The book has a short introduction, a description of different types of trains, and then provides handy tips for riding trains. There is a list of resources and a map of the world.
The rest of the book is devoted to each train ride divided into Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, USA & Canada, South America and Mexico, and then cross-country.
For each train trip, there are illustrations, a detailed map, why it’s so special, the best time of year to go, history, statistics and side trips.
Locally he covers the Indian Pacific, Savannalander and The Ghan in Australia. It’s hard to believe you can travel from Perth to Sydney in just four days.
I’m keen to travel the Glacier Express through Switzerland and join my British husband on the Caledonian Sleeper from London to Glasgow. I would love to be brave enough to attempt the Trans-Siberian Railway through Russia or see the wildlife of South Africa via the Pride of Africa.
If you’re keen to explore Asia, be tempted by the Eastern and Oriental Express from Thailand to Singapore. The author covers train trips through Sri Lanka, Japan, India and Vietnam.
Perhaps when we’re able to do my great American road trip, we’ll take a break from driving and hop on the Coast Starlight from Los Angeles to Seattle. Then pop over the border to join a Jasper to Prince Rupert train in Canada, and then return via a White Pass and Yukon Route Railway.
If you’re after a shorter trip, then consider the Coastal Pacific in New Zealand, Welsh Highland Railway, a high-speed train from Hong Kong to Beijing or the breathtaking Grand Canyon Railway and more.
If you’re a fan of taking trains, then Ultimate Train Journeys: World is one to add to your travel collection.
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Available in paperback
Publisher: Hardie Grant
About Tim Richards
Tim Richards is an award-winning travel writer, specializing in rail travel, who will hop aboard any train at a moment’s notice. His work has appeared in newspapers, magazines and websites around the world, and in Lonely Planet’s guidebooks and website. He’s the author of Heading South, The Kick of Stalin’s Cow and Mind the Gap. He’s a regular contributor to The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.