There’s something so very old-world and charming in a train journey. Some of the most scenic routes high up in the hills or through blissfully green valleys are still train routes. Not all places in the world are navigable by motor car. Here are the great train journeys around the world offering not-to-miss scenic rides.
New high-speed lines continue to open across the world – almost always preferable to air travel for a comparable journey. Even Japan’s original bullet train network is still being extended – last month (March) a new line opened linking Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. And who would not choose the civilised gateway of London’s St Pancras over the hell that is often Heathrow to travel into Europe. But it is the slow trains that are at the heart of the most delightful rail travel. Travel on such trains is about deceleration rather than speed. The journey becomes a time to relax rather than a stressful interlude between home and destination.