The Best Train Journeys in the World

Shelter Harbor. Nov. 2023. 224p. ISBN 9781627951913. $29.95. TRAV
Tanel, a journalist/photographer whose interests include transportation, infrastructure, and sustainable tourism, shares 40 train journeys across six continents in this heavily illustrated homage to train travel around the world. The trips range from the frozen north of Siberia to the outback of Australia to the rain forests of Vietnam. Each entry includes cities of departure and arrival, duration of the trip, distance traveled, a small map showing train stops, and practical tips for the trip, along with a pointer to the train company’s website. Tanel writes about the history of each train company and the construction of the railways, including equipment and track specifications. He describes the interior of each train (seating, sleeping rooms, dining, bar, and lounge cars) and the various levels of accommodations offered on board. He also shares highlights from the itinerary of each journey, illustrated with numerous color photographs showing the trains en route, plus the charming towns, cities, famous architecture, and spectacular scenery one sees from the train, from the northern lights in Alaska to wildlife in southern Africa.
VERDICT This attractive, useful, eminently browsable book will appeal to railroad buffs, armchair travelers, and tourists looking for possibilities for their next (or first) train trip.
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