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Rail travel today
A recent issue of The Times has a fairly detailed section on rail travel today
; this section includes a survey of the state of European rail travel
(summary: it's enjoying a renaissance, thanks to Eurostar and environmental consciousness, likely to improve further when cheap flights dry up, though ticketing still has some way to go before booking international rail journeys is as easy as booking flights), a section on travelling across Europe on Inter-Rail passes
(along with four recommended European rail journeys
to make with one's pass), as well as articles on train travel in Italy
, shinkansen journeys in Japan
, the backpacker-infested Trans-Siberian Express
(whose 1-week journey time, the previous article notes, could be slashed to 18 hours if it was rebuilt using maglev technology soon to be deployed in Japan), as well as various luxury train journeys, such as the current holder of the "Orient Express" trademark
(an opulent art-deco train journey from London to Verona), the Canadian Rockies
and opulent Hungarian luxury trains
. Also, Australia's Adelaide-Darwin rail link gets a writeup
, getting rather mixed reviews (apparently the "Darwin" terminus 18km from the city centre is an afterthought, the carriages aren't quite as luxurious as one would believe, and the ride is bumpy; not to mention the fact that, catering only to tourists (it's too expensive for casual commuters) and having no stations along the way, it's "not quite a proper train" compared to others).
For anyone wanting more information on rail travel in various parts of the world, there's always The Man In Seat Sixty-One, a (somewhat UK-centric) one-stop information shop for rail buffs and travellers with an aversion to air travel.
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