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World's Top Ten Scenic Train Rides

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by Snow Walker, Mar 12, 2004.

  1. Snow Walker

    Snow Walker New Jack

    Joined: Mar 7, 2004 Messages: 76 Likes Received: 2
    Plane travel can be pretty boring. Sure, it gets you there in a hurry, but there's not much to look at along the way. And driving is fine for passengers, but drivers miss the sights as they concentrate on avoiding accidents or missing exits. Personally, I prefer to take a train and do so at every opportunity.

    The Society of American Travel Writers surveyed its 1,100 Canadian, American, European and Asian professional members. These travel editors and writers, plus travel industry experts, were asked to rate the 10 most exciting train journeys in the world.
    Here are their Top Ten train trips:

    1. Sierra Madre Express: This train in northwestern Mexico passes from tropical coastal valleys to a high plateau, traversing through the spectacular gorges and rivers of the Copper Canyon.

    2. Glazier Express in Switzerland: The trip runs between Zermatt and St. Moritz, passing through 91 tunnels, over 291 bridges and offers countless magnificent viewpoints.

    3. Canadian Rockies: The two-day run between Vancouver and Jasper, Banff and Calgary on the Rocky Mountaineer is the first of two Canadian trips selected. This popular ride passes through Jasper National Park and the Yoho Valley, just west of the Alberta-British Columbia border. The valley is so steep, trains would regularly run away down the slope. So the railroad built the famous spiral tunnels to reduce the grade to a safe level.

    4. Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: This is a train journey into the past, a romantic re-creation of railroading from its golden era, with 5-star service, food and scenery.

    5. Cuzco-Machu Picchu, Peru: Only four hours long, this unforgettable trip is one of the most thrilling train rides in the world -- travelling high in the Andes Mountains of Peru to the lost city of the Incas.

    6. Blue Train, South Africa: This first-class train -- with service, food and scenery to match -- travels 1,000 miles from Pretoria to Cape Town, passing through the Karoo Desert and the Kimberley diamond fields.

    7. Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Colorado: Opened in 1881, this narrow-gauge railroad still uses steam locomotives to travel the 45 miles between the two Old West mining towns, passing through mountains and canyons along steep, hair-raising cliffs.

    8. White Pass & Yukon Route, on the Alaska/Canada border: Built in 1898 during the Klondike gold rush, this train travels through some of North America's most dazzling scenery between Alaska's Skagway and Fraser, British Columbia. Travellers than switch to a bus to travel on to Whitehorse, capital of Canada's Yukon Territory.

    9. TGV between Paris and Geneva: One of the world's fastest trains glides through pleasant French and Swiss countryside at speeds of up to 269 km per hour (167 mph).

    10. Nile Valley Express in Egypt and the Royal Scotsman of Edinburgh, Scotland: These two tied for 10th place. The Egyptian train journeys from Cairo to the ancient wonders of the Valleys of the Kings at Luxor and at Aswan follows the Nile River, on this British-built railway dating back to 1870. And the "world's most exclusive train," the Royal Scotsman, carries 36 passengers and 14 crew. It's really a moving hotel that tours Scotland, offering gourmet meals and wines in restored rail cars.

    Close finishes: Jungfraubahnen in Switzerland; Tokyo Bullet to Takayama; Moscow to St. Petersburg overnight train; Darjeeling Himalayan Railway in India; and the Bergen to Oslo, Norway, train.

    Personal choice: Somewhere I would have placed the Toronto to Vancouver VIA Rail trip, a stimulating passage through Canada's vastness. After all, it's hard to top the matchless beauty and grandeur of our mountains, forests, rivers and prairies.

    © June 2000 Fifty-Plus.net

    I am very inexperienced, but I do recall the train out to the rural area from Calcutta had some cool drunken bum fights that were interesting to watch.
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  2. CinchedWaist

    CinchedWaist Elite Member

    Joined: Sep 11, 2003 Messages: 2,691 Likes Received: 1
    damn, all those sound real nice.
    the Machu Picchu train would be my first choice.
    The paris and geneva is a close second.
  3. Æ°

    Æ° Senior Member

    Joined: May 12, 2002 Messages: 1,974 Likes Received: 6
    I'd love to catch a ride on the Moscow to St. Petersburg train.
  4. Dr. Dazzle

    Dr. Dazzle Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 19, 2001 Messages: 8,147 Likes Received: 3
    Fuck yeah, we rock. Those spiral tunnels are crazy.....

    It's just as nice a drive, though, too....
  5. skullnbones

    skullnbones Elite Member

    Joined: Mar 20, 2004 Messages: 3,759 Likes Received: 53
    OK, I didn't want to start a thread so I searched for any threads about the film, Darjeeling Limited and this is what I found.

    On topic with the thread, I've only ever done long distance train rides in Australia and Europe/ UK and I would have to say that the ride from Berlin to Prague is absolutely beautiful. For a large portion of the trip, the train snakes along the very scenic, Elbe River Gorge. I whole heartedly recommend it to anybody interailing. As an added bonus, they're both rad cities that you want to visit.

    Now, why I was searching for threads related to the Darjeeling Limited is because last time I watched it (today), I noticed for the first time that when they are visiting the first temple and one of the brothers goes off to pray on his own, there is a mysterious boy standing on his own holding a gun. He is just in the right of the shot as you are facing the brother praying. The gun is pointed towards the brother but not at him. There is absolutely no mention of it in the film and I can't find anything on wiki or anywhere else about it.

    There must be an explanation. Anybody?
  6. Leland Palmer

    Leland Palmer Member

    Joined: Apr 29, 2009 Messages: 540 Likes Received: 66
    Couldn't you have posted this in the films thread? Pretty tenuous link here...

    On the topic of railways I saw some guy going through Madagascar on the train on TV a while ago, it looked amazing.
  7. gasfacevictm

    gasfacevictm 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Jul 29, 2003 Messages: 10,415 Likes Received: 707
    I don't know but this is a good theory here.
    Taken from the IMDB messageboards:

    "my guess would be that the kid with the gun symbolises what Brody feels is the murder of his current life by his newly arriving first child. As they say when you have children your life ends and you become a servant to your childrens lives."
  8. pornbooth

    pornbooth Elite Member

    Joined: Apr 7, 2006 Messages: 3,176 Likes Received: 289
    Since my only internet these days is on my phone and its a bitch getting around sites I'm not gonna post the link to the thread of my train trip from oregon to indianapolis on amtraks empire builder in january but you can click on me and find it that way.... Iguess I'm sayin it was awesome, about a month ago I took the same route back to portland and have some awesome pics of the trip but this time it was basically summer and I tried to flick the same spots.

    I would love to post this trip but I aint got access to any computers.


    The Slut girl who's titties I slept on on the train had a pole dance session on a corner of the lower level I got flicks and would like to share, maybe soon dudes.
  9. Dirty_habiT

    Dirty_habiT Administrator

    Joined: Mar 8, 2001 Messages: 18,136 Likes Received: 82
    I think #5 sounds pretty awesome. I recently went to Colorado Springs CO... they have a cog railway that goes to the top of Pikes Peak . I didn't ride it though... I was only there for the Hill Climb.
  10. christo-f

    christo-f Veteran Member

    Joined: Feb 13, 2008 Messages: 5,511 Likes Received: 330
    Parramatta to Town Hall circa 1988.

    Best art gallery in the world.
  11. gasfacevictm

    gasfacevictm 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Jul 29, 2003 Messages: 10,415 Likes Received: 707
    I've ridden trains all around South Korea and Japan.
    Shit is beautiful once you get into the countryside.
    I love trains.

    Last edited: Jul 9, 2010
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  12. skullnbones

    skullnbones Elite Member

    Joined: Mar 20, 2004 Messages: 3,759 Likes Received: 53

    Looks fucking rad!! The view and the train cars. I'd never heard of a cog railway before.


  13. Drue_Down

    Drue_Down 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Jan 10, 2005 Messages: 11,210 Likes Received: 1,168
    I have taken many trips & spent a lot of time in the Bernese Oberland, all of the area trains and boats are beyond words.
    Actually, any trains/drives through the ALPS are amazing.

    The train line along the Rhine is nice, I plan to dedicate a whole trip to just travel the river by boat and visit many castles.

    I also enjoyed the train from Berlin to Prague (in Autumn).
  14. ClueTwo

    ClueTwo Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 30, 2001 Messages: 9,030 Likes Received: 123
    I'm supposed to be about 20 miles away from Silverton right now camping with family..


  15. injury

    injury 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Apr 7, 2008 Messages: 13,118 Likes Received: 778
    I've done that. Recommended.