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Terrific Trains

Taking a luxury train trip takes you back to the leisurely days of steam and restaurant cars and porters carrying portmanteaux. These days diesel may not be as romantic but with these carriages behind the engine the journey is smooth and the living is easy. Eat your heart out Thomas the Tank.

Anne Paris, 30/3/10
Blue Train, South Africa
Blue Train, South Africa
The Blue Train is the way to see Africa in style. If you want luxury you'll get the lion's share here.
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Eastern & Oriental Express, Asia
Eastern & Oriental Express, Asia
This 1,200-mile journey links Singapore to Bangkok with plenty of curling jungle, rubber plantations and paddy fields on the way.
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Hiram Bingham, Peru
Hiram Bingham, Peru
As train journeys go this one is short but very sweet. Explore the land of the Incas from the elegant surroundings of the luxury blue and gold Hiram Bingham train.
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Palace on Wheels, India
Palace on Wheels, India
The Palace on Wheels is just that; an opulent maharajahs palace on, well, wheels.
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Royal Canadian Pacific, Canada
Royal Canadian Pacific, Canada
In 1943 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, US President Franklin Roosevelt and Canadian PM William Mackenzie King travelled in the historic carriages that this train still uses. Queen Elizabeth II has also been aboard.
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The Ghan, Australia
The Ghan, Australia
The scenery out of The Ghan window - red desert for mile upon mile - is truly awe inspiring.
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The Royal Scotsman, Scotland
The Royal Scotsman, Scotland
The Royal Scotsman takes a just a wee number of privileged guests - 36 to be exact - in its private mahogany-walled Edwardian cabins.
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The Shangri-La Express, Tibet
The Shangri-La Express, Tibet
The Tangula Pass at the summit is a staggering 16,600ft, (5070m) up; no wonder this is the world's highest railway.
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Trans-Siberian Railway, Russia
Trans-Siberian Railway, Russia
As travel writer Eric Newby wrote, "the Trans-Siberian is the Big Train Ride. All the rest are peanuts".
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Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, Europe
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, Europe
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is the train that invented indulgence so one serious about luxury train travel has to tick this one off the list.
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