The world’s greatest rail journeys

by Travelbag on 31 May 2016, 17:05PM The world’s greatest rail journeys 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 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 scene...
An epic rail journey

An epic rail journey

What’s true for people is true for places too – it’s what is on the inside that counts.Blessed with beaches and balmy weather, Australia’s character only truly comes alive as you venture further inland into the rich heart of the Outback. For most Aussies, the Outback is just that – “out back”. More than 90 per cent of Australians live on the coast, leaving...
by Melanie Reid on 06 June 2014, 09:06AM



Great Rail Journeys from Vancouver

Great Rail Journeys from Vancouver

First-time visitors to British Columbia normally choose one of the two routes between Vancouver and either Jasper – ‘Journey through the Clouds’ – or Banff – ‘First Passage to the West’. Both are a complete contrast to the Coastal Passage journey and both options take the same route from Vancouver as far as the overnight stop at Kamloops where the tracks...
by Anthony Lambert on 11 February 2014, 14:02PM



Iconic rail travel in Canada

Iconic rail travel in Canada

Over one million guests have rediscovered the pleasures of train travel at its best since Rocky Mountaineer began its now world-famous excursion trains through the Canadian Rockies in 1990. The blue, white and gold trains with bi-level cars, viewing domes, open verandas and gourmet cuisine have been universally praised for the quality of the experience they offer, helped enormously by th...
by Anthony Lambert on 23 January 2014, 11:01AM



Spotting the Train Spotters on the Southern Spirit

Spotting the Train Spotters on the Southern Spirit

Otherwise known as trainspotters, trainiacs, anoraks even, gunzels, I soon learn have a knack of popping up in the oddest places as we travel the Australian countryside. As I settle in for a chilled glass of sparkling wine in the Outback Explorer Lounge upon boarding The Southern Spirit, I discover that many of my fellow passengers are, indeed, gunzels. The Southern Spirit, which runs just a handf...
by Fiona Harper on 13 February 2012, 14:02PM



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