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The world’s greatest rail journeys

by Travelbag on 31 May 2016, 17:05PM

Since the invention of the steam locomotion in 1804, railways have popped up in stunning locations across the world in attempts to make traversing tricky terrains that little bit easier, or to export precious goods around the country. Here at Travelbag we love the original rail experience, so here are some of our favourites.

Darjeeling Toy Train, India

India's Taj Mahal

Speaking of transporting precious goods, this historic narrow gauge (2ft) railway was first built when India was still part of Colonial Britain. It was built in 1881 to connect the tealeaves, that fuelled the British Empire, from Darjeeling to New Jalpaiguri, a whopping 78km (48 miles). The tourist journey, known as the Toy Railway, is only 9km (5.5 miles) long and still runs using the original narrow gauge steam engines. Enjoy the scenery, nostalgia of steam, and tea on our Enchanting 9 Day North East India Escape

Ghan Railway, Australia

Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia

Named after the original Afghan trade route it passed in the unexplored central ‘Outback’ of Australia. Despite the Outback gaining a reputation of being flat and nothing, there is so much to see! There’s tar black night sky lit up by countless silver stars, rural aboriginal towns dotted all along, all on top of the awe-inspiring desert. This near 2000-mile jaw-dropping journey runs the length of Australia from Adelaide to Darwin. More details on booking your tailored Ghan escape here!

The Canadian, Canada

Canada's Rockies

A 3 day trans-Canadian sleeper train that takes you 2275 miles through the heart of Canada and near the entire width of the America continent. The Canadian runs between Vancouver and Toronto, during this you see the Canadian Rockies, see Kopka River Provincial Park, and along the Great Lakes. However, if you wish to slow down your journey and savour the stunning Rockies, then we suggest the glass domed Rocky Mountaineer. This non sleeper service cruises through the mountains in the day, and offers 5* hotel nights. We suggest a Canadian adventure like this one!

Peru Rail, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Want to see the famous remote Mayan relic of Machu Pichu but not a huge fan of walking? That’s fine, there’s a stunning train that runs the walk, so you don’t miss out on any of those famous views – the train even stops at La Raya Pass for pictures. If you fancy some luxury we suggest the Hiram Bingham class. Either way, you still get to see the Llamas at the end. Look no further if you want to bypass the gruelling trek, its right here.

Trans-Siberian Express, Russia - China

Pass through Siberia on rail

For the most interesting journey, with the best views choose the trans-Mongolian journey, start in Moscow’s Red Square; end in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. This Railway has a wealth of history, and offers amazing contrasting views from endless frozen lakes, to beautiful Mongolian hills, and stunning Beijing architecture. The journey takes 7 nights so get comfortable and upgrade to the Golden Eagle class.Or, why travel around the world and not tourist around for a little bit either end? A 20-day excursion like this one gives plenty of time to explore these magical cities.

Blue Train, South Africa

Crossing South Africa

This South African Sleeper operates between two stations (Cape Town and Pretoria) - while the hotel on wheels dreamt of reaching Cairo, it’s still not quite made it. This 19th century train was the first to cross the untamed savannahs, since then it has gone on to offer day excursions to see the ‘big 5’ that call the savannah home. For more information on this amazing way to cross South Africa click here!

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