Travel Tips: Best Train Rides from Around the World and other travel tips.

This travel video features some of the most amazing train trips the rail transport industry has to offer. From green valleys to snow white maintains, the views from these trips vary as we go along the video. Train type also vary, as we include luxury trains from the adventure type.

The first in our list is the Rocky Mountaineer in Canada. This ride is a must for National Park lover. It is a two-day trip that starts at Vancouver and ends either at Banff or Jasper. You can choose to do it on from mid-April to mid-October or in snowy beautiful December. Rocky Mountaineer announced a new route for 2013, called the Coastal Passage, which connects Seattle, WA on a 3 day trip through the Rockies to Jasper and Banff. This is the first international route for Rocky Mountaineer. Rocky Mountaineer also opened a new station stop on the route’s Coastal Passage and First Passage to the West. Currently, the stations on the line that are used by the Rocky Mountaineer are Banff railway station and Tower Centre in Calgary.

Next on our list is the Trans-Siberian Express in Russia also known as the Trans-Siberian Railway. It departs from Moscow to Vladivostok on Russia’s Far East coast (as far as the Sea of Japan). With a length of 9,289 km (5,772 mi), it is considered the world’s longest train route crossing the Ural Mountains and Siberia’s taiga in a six-day adventure. There are connecting branch lines into Mongolia, China and North Korea. It has connected Moscow with Vladivostok since 1916, and is still being expanded. It was built from 1891 to 1916 under the supervision of Russian government ministers who were personally appointed by Tsar Alexander III and by his son, Tsar Nicholas II.

Third on our list landed the Glacier Express in Switzerland. One of the world’s most beautiful scenic trips in the World that runs from Zermatt to St. Moritz, also known as the slowest express in the world. It includes 91 tunnels and 291 bridges. If you are looking for a romantic train trip, this is the one. Featuring beautiful mountain landscapes through the Swiss Alps and valleys, Glacier Express offers not only a top of the line modern train, but also heavenly food and a 7-hour journey.

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway in India comes along next. It is also known as the “Toy train”. It runs between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling, only a 78 kilometres (48 mi) long trip. Its elevation level varies from about 100 metres (328 ft) at New Jalpaiguri to about 2,200 metres (7,218 ft) at Darjeeling. Four modern diesel locomotives handle most of the scheduled services; however the daily Kurseong-Darjeeling return service and the daily tourist trains from Darjeeling to Ghum (India’s highest railway station) are handled by the vintage British-built B Class steam locomotives. The railway, along with the Nilgiri Mountain Railway and the Kalka-Shimla Railway, is listed as the Mountain Railways of India World Heritage Site.

The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad in Colorado, USA landed next on our list. It is a 130 year trip back in time. The train is featured in the movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”. The route was originally built between 1881 and 1882, by the Denver and Rio Grande Railway (D&RG), in order to carry supplies and people to and silver and gold ore from mines in the San Juan Mountains. The line was an extension of the D&RG 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge line from Antonito, Colorado, to Durango.

Las but not least comes the Talyllyn Railway in Wales. A vintage coal-fired ride through the Fathew Valley from Tywyn, route originally used to give service to the area’s mines. Despite severe under-investment, the line remained open, and in 1951 it became the first railway in the world to be preserved as a heritage railway by volunteers. Since preservation, the railway has operated as a tourist attraction, expanding its rolling stock through acquisition and an engineering programme to build new locomotives and carriages.

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This Video features “Silverton & Durango Railroad” (https://vimeo.com/30891110) by Greg Causey which is licensed under CC BY http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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