There are more than 700,000 miles of railways in the world. One way or another, I’ve covered quite a few of those while researching a series of train books that have taken me to North Korea, Peru, China, the US, India, Australia, Europe and the UK. One of the joys of train travel is the ability to see corners of the globe those who soar above will never do. You get a better picture of a country: tiny villages, remote forests, mountains, coasts, cityscapes, glens, lakelands, plains, deserts and seas.
1. The Great American Railroad
Amtrak runs a series of great rides across the US, although most people do not associate America with trains as there are so many planes and highways. There are so many brilliant rides: Lake Shore Limited from New York to Chicago (departing from Penn Station and running for some distance along the mighty River Hudson); Chicago to Seattle on the Empire Builder across the wilds of the northern plains; and the California Zephyr between Chicago and San Francisco, taking two nights and three days and crossing the Rockies, to name just a few.