Some of the world’s wildest and most beautiful scenery is best enjoyed from a train window. ‘’I have seldom heard a train go by and not wished I was on it,” said the travel writer Paul Theroux famously, and it seems that more of us than ever concur with him. Trains are the most agreeable, comfortable and relaxing of any form of long-distance travel.
- The West Highland Line
If you are a fan of Harry Potter movies, certainly the West Highland Line is no stranger to you seeing this path. The West Highland Line provides impressive views including the Erskine Bridge, Dumbarton Castle, glimpses of the Arrochar Alps and more. West Highland Line was built between July 1897 and October 1898 at a cost of £18,904. And in 2009 Wanderlust Independent Magazine called the best railroad in the world.
- The Ghan
Synonymous with outback Australia, The Ghan is an engineering marvel which travels through the heart of Australia’s red center from Adelaide in the south all the way to the Top End city of Darwin in the far north. Encompassing a 2,979-kilometre stretch of unyielding rail, to journey on The Ghan is to journey through the very heart and soul of Australia’s mysterious interior.
- The Bernina Express
The Bernina Express is a train connecting Chur (or Davos) in Switzerland to Poschiavo in Switzerland and Tirano in Italy by crossing the Swiss Engadin Alps. The train negotiates the 55 tunnels, 196 bridges, and inclines of up to 70 per mille with ease. At the highest point on the RhB, 2,253 meters above sea level. Here, visitors can delight in the cultural and natural surroundings and enjoy the Alps at their most impressive. The railway line from Thusis – Valposchiavo – Tirano has UNESCO World Heritage status.
- Trans- Siberian
The Trans-Siberian Railway is a network of railways connecting Moscow with the Russian Far East. With a length of 5.772 miles, it is the longest railway line in the world. There are connecting branch lines into Mongolia, China, and North Korea. There is no better sense to get the amazing feeling when you can see lots of birch trees, beautiful pine and larch forest, meadows filled with wild purple flowers, the hills and rolling forms of the Ural Mountains. To enjoy the longest hours of daylight and the chance of fine weather, it’s best to go between May and September.
- The Rocky Mountaineer
Within the unique world of rail travel, Rocky Mountaineer is so much more than just a train. It’s the key to unlocking a hidden world of unparalleled beauty as you carve through otherwise inaccessible terrain in the Canadian Rockie. With the fantastic view like glacier-fed lakes, carpets of green forest, rushing rivers and an abundance of wildlife. Buzzers, very attractive right?
- Bergen Railway
Bergen railways is a 371-kilometer long scenic standard gauge railway line between Bergen and Hønefoss, Norway. It is the highest major rail route in northern Europe as well as the most spectacular, passing through desolate mountain terrain at 4,000ft. Even in summer, there is snow.
- Tren A las Nubes
A must for altitude-seekers, the Tren a las Nubes along part of the old line from Salta in Argentina to the Chilean border, climbs to 13,850 ft above mean sea level. As the fifth-highest railways in the world and then during its seven-hour journey through dramatic Andean scenery not using a rack and pinion system. The backdrop of multicolored rock formations interspersed with giant cactus fields extends as far as the eye can see as the powerful diesel on the front weaves ever upwards. Don’t worry, there is oxygen on board but still scary right?