Those slow train journeys around green mountains and valleys have almost become people’s magnified and beautiful imagination of the pre-industrial era. Fortunately, there are still some comfortable trains in the world that are still bringing joy to people.
In the past 30 years, people have talked about the century-old luxury train. As early as 1977, due to aviation competition and high maintenance costs, it could no longer support the classic route from Paris to Istanbul, but the line to Bucharest was maintained; an autumn of the same year During the filming, James Sherwood bought the two carriages where Inspector Polo handled the case in the movie “Murder on the Orient Express” and became a famous “attraction” for tourists. In 1983, James simply founded the “Venice-Simplon Orient-Express” and opened another classic route from London to Venice via Paris, Zurich, Innsbruck. As the old Orient Express line shrinks, James’ “replica” trains that have been preserved almost intact under new technological conditions are gradually being regarded as “authentic”. It was not until December 12, 2009, that the last old Orient-Express train was sent from Strasbourg, and the Venice-Simplon Orient-Express was finally “reformed” and became the most luxurious train inheriting the blood of a century-old aristocracy.
The route runs from Vladivostok to Moscow, spanning 8 time zones and covering a total distance of 9,289 kilometers. If you sit in a car and drive fast, within one week of leaving your seat you have circled 1/3 of the world. Although “What Doctor Zhivago Sees” still hangs in the slogan of high-end travel providers, guests on the Golden Eagle luxury train apparently no longer need to spend time with vodka. The 18-day stop-and-go leisure tour takes you from the Sea of Japan at the slowest speed through the Buddhist holy land of Ulan-Ude in Mongolia, Lake Baikal, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Moscow, and finally to St. Petersburg.
The nearly two-hour drive from Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah, to Pau Phut follows a section of railway track deep into the jungle where no train can be seen from beginning to end. It is easy to guess that East Malaysia has a history of railway operation that is almost extinct. Before the highway penetrated into the mainland from the sea, and water transportation was subject to heavy rain all year round, trains were naturally the best means of transportation. Those steam locomotives that completed their historical mission have now closed their coal bunkers and will rest forever in the open-air museum in Kota Kinabalu. middle. Fortunately, the small town is blessed with a pocket-sized railway station that is still breathing its life with its red-skinned diesel train.
In central Australia, there is a 3,000-kilometer railway that was completed in 2004 from 1878 to 2004. The “Ghan” train, named after the Afghan camel, can only run from Adelaide in the south-central tip to Alice Springs in the hinterland and then turn around. It was not until 2004 that it was connected to Darwin in the north-central part of the country, becoming the north-south artery of Australia. You can choose to watch the distant and detailed changes in the scenery outside the window within 19 hours, including the blue Tai O Bay, the world’s longest wild dog fence, the painted desert, aboriginal land, red hills, purple vegetation, abandoned gold mines, until See the blue Timor Sea again. You can also opt for the ‘stopover’ route, spending two nights each in Alice Springs and Katherine Town, and spend some time exploring the other side of the country beyond the beaches, surfing and developed cities.
Initially, it was a “sweat railway” built mostly by a Chinese laborer. Later, its western part contributed to mankind’s first feature film “The Great Train Robbery” and subsequent Western genre films entangled with sheriffs, bounty killers, and Indians. Later, the young federal state followed it to the Pacific Ocean, and together with the erratic railway lines, they became the powerful American empire. Nowadays, it is pressed tightly to the ground by the denser air routes, and it has become a luxurious journey to enjoy the long country roads: from Chicago through Burlington, Omaha, Denver, Salt Lake City, Sacramento to the Pacific Ocean Emeryville. It’s called the California Zephyr, with a total length of 3,924 kilometers, a total of 33 stations, and a total operation of 53-57 hours.
Asia Orient Express
The Asian version of the 1,300-kilometer railway from Bangkok to Singapore, hauled by the luxury travel operator “Orient Express”, takes four days and three nights. This cross-country train passing through Hua Hin in Thailand, Penang in Malaysia, Kedah, and Kuala Lumpur has been running for 18 years. Continuing from Bangkok to the vast jungle surrounding it, heading south to Penang, north to Chiang Mai, east to Cambodia, and northeast to Laos, four distinguished new routes emerged in 2011.
Saigon Bingham Train in Peru
The Saigon Bingham Train in Peru passes through the ancient Inca Empire in one fell swoop. American Hiram Bingham was the first person to discover this place, so the train was named after him. The train line is short and luxurious, passing through the Andes and crossing the Urubamba River, with its towering peaks, fast-flowing water and the wide Jaquijahuana terraces that were a long-standing livelihood here until they were destroyed by the Spanish invaders. The ancient temples and fortresses parked on both sides of the road were exposed in silence, wordlessly confiding their grief.
The most high-profile thing is the train itself. The car body is decorated with beautiful blue and dazzling gold. The wooden structure, crystal embellishment, silver tableware, and the interior are all in the style of a sleeping car in the 1920s, including two dining cars and an observation car. View bar. All the way from Cuzco, the commercial, agricultural and religious center of the Inca Empire civilization, to Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Royal Scotland Train
This is the most expensive train journey in the world. This is what Britain’s high society is worth, sailing through romantic glens, pinnacles and lochs, straight into the heart of the Scottish Highlands.
The carriages are made of mahogany, and each carriage is limited to 36 passengers. They have private bathrooms, lounge chairs and sofas, and open viewing carriages; a bagpiper in a skirt greets guests on the red carpet in front of the red carpet, a London Michelin-starred chef and a Scottish harpist. Full service; after dinner, locals will tell the historical stories of Scotland; on the way, guests can also get off the bus to get in touch with the lively Scottish character, talk to fishermen, visit distilleries, and learn to make whiskey.
On the road in the Western Highlands, you can see Loch Lomond and Lennox Moor at the first meal. After the countryside scenery is the pristine coast – the Isle of Skye Mountains, Ben Nevis Mountain, the Caledonian Canal, and the stag and the eagle. The owners or managers of major castles such as Ballinder Lodge, Angus Grams, and Eilean Donan will take you around, and a bus that follows the train will transport passengers to the scenic spots. Finally, we drove from the highlands into the gentle southern zone, and after passing the Forth Railway Bridge, we arrived in Edinburgh, where sunshine and whiskey were waiting for us again.