Author(s): Tom Savio
This beautifully illustrated and fully updated book features 26 of the world's greatest railway journeys, from those of epic scope, such as the Trans-Siberian, Australia's Indian Pacific and The Canadian - to those of great scenic beauty, such as the UK's Settle to Carlisle and Switzerland's Glacier Express. Steam-powered journeys include France's Vivarais Line and the USA's Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. These superlative journeys include the incredibly high (from Puno to Cuzco in Peru), the dramatically steep (the Khyber Pass), and what may well be the most famous, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Luxury cruise trains are well represented, including India's Royal Orient Express, Africa's Blue Train and Spain's Al Andalus - as are more adventurous routes such as Beijing to Hanoi. Each trip is evocatively written up by a knowledgeable and enthusiastic railway travel writer. All the journeys can still be made, and practical information and contact details are given for those who want to undertake the journeys themselves. It includes: Canada - The Canadian: Across Canada from Toronto to Vancouver; United States of America - The Coast Starlight: Los Angeles to Seattle; Denver & Rio Grande - Railroads: Durango & Silverton and Cumbres & Toltec lines; Mexico - The Copper Canyon Railway: El Fuerte to Chihuahua; Peru - Puno to Cuzco; United Kingdom - The Settle & Carlisle; The Royal Scotsman: Edinburgh - Highlands Circuit; France - The Vivarais Line: Along the Rhone Valley from Tournon to Lamastre; Germany - Along The Rhine: Cologne via Mainz Circuit; Switzerland - The Glacier Express: Zermatt to St Moritz; Spain - El Transcantabrico: Across Northern Spain; Al Andalus: Seville - Andalucia Circuit; Norway - The Flam Railway: Myrdal to Flam; Across Europe and Asia - The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Venice to London; and, Trans-Mongolian & Siberian Expresses: Beijing to Moscow & Moscow to Vladivostok. It also includes: Pakistan - The Khyber Pass: From Lahore via Peshawar to the Khyber Pass; India - The Darjeeling Himalayan: New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling, The Royal Orient Express: Delhi - Rajasthan & Gujarat Tour; Malaysia - The Eastern & Oriental Express: Singapore via Penang to Bangkok; China into Vietnam - Beijing to Hanoi; Australia - The Ghan: Adelaide to Alice Springs; The Indian Pacific: Sydney to Perth; New Zealand - The TranzAlpine: Christchurch across the Alps to Greymouth; Africa - Blue Train: Pretoria to Cape Town; and, Pride of Africa: Cape Town to Dar Es Salaam.
Tom Savio is a freelance photojournalist and broadcaster specializing in worldwide luxury rail travel. His work has appeared in TIME as well as in many American newspapers and specialist railway magazines. He has travelled over the entire US rail network, as well as most of the Canadian, Australian and European systems. He advises at the California State Railroad Museum, is a historical consultant for model railway manufacturers, and can drive a steam locomotive.