The World's Most Spectacular Railway Journeys

The World's Most Spectacular Railway Journeys

by Brian Solomon


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A portrait in words and photographs of over 50 of the world’s most exciting, unusual and exotic railway journeys, including North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. Each journey is accompanied by a route map and is described in terms of the technical challenges of the construction of the track as well as the stunning views to be seen while travelling on the trains. Some of the railway journeys featured include the Harz narrow-gauge railway in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany; the Indian Pacific which runs across Australia from Perth to Sydney; India’s Darjeeling Himalayan Railways; and the spectacular railways in the Canadian Rockies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781909612051
Publisher: John Beaufoy Publishing
Publication date: 08/21/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Brian Solomon was editor of Pacific Railnews for several years, before becoming a freelance writer and photographer. His work has appeared in numerous railway publications and he has authored more than 44 books. He has travelled to ride and photograph railways in more than 30 nations around the world. For this book he has brought together a team of expert contributors, all with first-hand experience of the journeys.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

North America

Pacific Surfliner: Amtrak's Coastal Corridor 8

Capitol Corridor: Sacramento to San Jose on the old SP 12

Amtrak's Coast Starlight: Seattle to Los Angeles 18

California Zephyr: Across the Plains, over the Rockies, Sierra, and Beyond! 22

Amtrak's Empire Builder: James J. Hill's Transcon 28

Hudson River Valley: New York City to Albany 32

Over The Old 'Broadway': New York to Pittsburgh via the Juniata Valley and the Horseshoe Curve 36

The Old Rio Grande Narrow Gauge: Cumbres & Toltec and Durango & Silverton 42

Conway Scenic's Crawford Notch: Into the White Mountains on the old Maine Central 48

Maine Eastern's Rockland Branch: Downeast Delight 50

Via Rail's Chaleur: A Coastal Cruise without a Boat 54

Via Rail's Ocean: Canadian History on an Overnight Train 58

Via Rail's Canadian: VIA's Transcontinental Flagship 62

Rocky Mountaineer: Mountain Climbing in Comfort and Style 66

White Pass & Yukon: Scenic Railway of the World 70

Mexico's Copper Canyon: A ride on North America's newest Transcontinental Railroad 74


Rails Along The Rhine: A German Interlude 78

Mosel Valley: Through German Wine Country 84

Elbe River Valley: From Dresden to Prague 86

Germany's Harzer Schmalspurbahnen: The Harz Mountain Narrow Gauge 90

Zugspitzbahn: To the Top of Germany 94

Swiss Alpine Narrow Gauge: Remarkable Engineering over the Spine of the Alps 98

Alpine Phoenix: The Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway 106

Throat of Europe: The Gotthard Railway from Open Windows to Tilting Luxury 108

Austrian Alpine Crossing: Four Alpine Passes 112

Eurostar: London to Paris by Rail 120

Caledonian Sleeper: Overnight to the West Highlands 124

Settle To Carlisle Railway: England's Most Scenic Mainline 128

Welsh Narrow Gauge: Historic Mountainous Slate-Hauling Lines 132

Severn Valley: Bucolic Journey in the Cradle of the Industrial Revolution 136

Legendary La Robla: The Tale of a Survivor 140

The Spanish Ave: Across Spain by High-Speed Train 144

Over The Tatras: From Prague to the Ukrainian Frontier 148

Russia's Secret Railway: The BAM Route across Siberia 154

To The Land of the Midnight Sun: North of the Arctic Circle to Narvik, Norway 160

Tuscan Treasures: Two Hidden Rural Routes 166

Hundred Valleys: The Stunning Centovalli 168

Africa, Asia and Australasia

The Blue Train: Linking the Veldt to the Sea 172

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway: The World's Most Famous Hill Railway 176

Japanese Shinkansen: Route of the Bullet Train 182

Across Japan on the Old Network: Some Narrow-Gauge Highlights 188

Indian Pacific: Linking Australia Ocean to Ocean 192

The Sunlander: Along Australia's Sunshine Coast 196

Tranzalpine: New Zealand's Great Day Out 200

Resources 204

Index 206

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