Ride the Rails Around the World

                                                           TRAINS AND SUBWAYS


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Even as Amtrak's future remains unclear, interest in rail travel--particularly luxury andrecreational--continues to grow. Here are contacts for selected trains around the world. (Note: Some numbers listed are for U.S.-based travel agents.)
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                  The Royal Orient Express                              Amtrak                              Palace on Wheels
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NORTH AMERICA

Alaska Railroad: Trains between Fairbanks and Anchorage via Denali National Park; also from Anchorage to Whittier and Seward; (800) 544-0552, fax (907) 265-2323, Alaska Railroad. (http://www.akrr.com)
 
Amtrak: Our national rail system, highlighted by the new high-speed Washington-New York City-Boston Acela Express; (800) USA-RAIL (872-7245), Amtrak. For train discounts, select a train with a U (unreserved), and under CODE, enter V822.

BC Rail: Trains in British Columbia, including the imperiled North Vancouver-Prince George Cariboo Prospector, the luxury Whistler Northwind and the Pacific Starlight dinner train; (800) 663-8238, (604) 984-5505, BC Rail.  (http://www.bcrail.com/bcrpass)
 
VIA Rail Canada: Our northern neighbor's equivalent of Amtrak, known for the Canadian, its scenic transcontinental train between Vancouver and Toronto; (800) 561-3949, Via Rail Canada.

White Pass and Yukon Railroad (Thank you John Pepper). Yukon and White Pass Railroad

Whitepass and Yukon Railroad Video



EUROPE

Britrail: Source of train service in England, Scotland and Wales; (877) 677-1066, fax (877) 477-1066, Britrail.

A listing of the UK Heritage railroads.

http://www.a2btravel.com/trains/heritage.asp
Eurostar: High-speed passenger train linking London, Paris and Brussels; (800) EURO-STAR (387-6782), 011-44-20-7928-5163
EuroStar . Or see Rail Europe.


Rail Europe: Source of all European rail passes (including British and Eurostar) as well as schedules, individual tickets and reservations  ;Rail Europe

Seat 61- This site lists all European and Asian train schedules Seat 61

Explore Norway by Modern and Steam Driven Trains


ASIA/AUSTRALIA

Great Southern Railway: Operator of Australia's coast-to-coast Indian Pacific (Sydney to Perth), the Ghan (Sydney/Melbourne to Alice Springs) and the Overland (Melbourne to Adelaide) trains; (800) 423-2880, (310) 643-0044, fax (310) 643-0032, or internationally 011-61-8-8213-4592, fax 011-61-8-8213-4490, Great Southern Railroad    (http://www.gsr.com.au.)

Queensland Rail: In Australia, runs the Queenslander, Sunlander, Kuranda Scenic Railway, more; 011-61-7-3235-1122,   Queensland Rail http://www.traveltrain.qr.com.au.

Japan Rail: Four decades of the Shinkansen, or Bullet Train, and more; (310) 618-1181, or through Japan Airlines, (800) 525-3663, Japan Rail.



LUXURY AND CRUISE TRAINS


The Acadian Railway Co.: Tours of Northeastern U.S. and eastern Canada, including fall foliage specials; (866) 918-7246, The Arcadian Railrod.

Al Andalus Expreso: "Hotel" train that tours southern Spain; (800) 223-1356, fax (212) 686-0271, (818) 755-9333, fax (818) 755-0999 (agent also books El Transcantábrico, a vintage train in northern Spain), The Alandalusa Express.

American Orient Express: Our domestic version of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express offers eight itineraries, including New England and Quebec, new this fall; (800) 320-4206, The American Oriental Express.

Blue Train: Southern Africa's classic luxury train, recently refurbished and posher than ever, with three routes; (800) 768-9020 or internationally 011-27-12-334- 8459, fax 011-27-12-334-8464, South Africa Luxury Train Tour   http://www.bluetrain.co.za.

Montana Rockies Rail Tours: Two-day excursions from Sandpoint, Idaho, to Livingston, Mont., with possible motor coach add-ons to Yellowstone and Glacier national parks, other Rockies highlights; (800) 519-7245, (208) 265-8619, Montana Rockies Rail Tours http://www.montanarailtours.com.

Palace on Wheels: Tour India like the maharajas; (800) 421-5643,India Palace on Wheels   (http://www.indianpalaceonwheels.com or http://www.indianrail.gov.in. )

Rocky Mountaineer: Daylight tours between Vancouver and Jasper or Banff/Calgary; (800) 665-7245,
 Rocky Mountaineer   (http://www.rockymountaineer.com).


Rovos Rail: Luxury rail tours in South Africa with historic coaches, spacious accommodations; (800) 524-7979, Rovos Rail {http://www.rovos.co.za.)

Royal Canadian Pacific: Elegant excursions in the Canadian Rockies with refurbished plush cars once used by railroad execs; (877) 665-3044, Royal Canadian Pacific  (http://www.cprtours.com.)


Royal Scotsman: Super-luxury, country-house-type experience; (800) 323-7308, The Royal Scotsman (http://royalscotsman.com) (http://www.royalscotsman.com.)

Sierra Madre Express: Train tours to Mexico's Copper Canyon; (800) 666-0346., Sierra Madre Express (http://www.sierramadreexpress.com)

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Besides the London-Paris-Venice VSOE, the company operates the Eastern & Oriental Express through Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore; the Great South Pacific Express in Australia; and two day-excursion trains in Great Britain, the British Pullman and the Northern Belle; (800) 524-2420, Orient Express (http://www.orient-express.com)



DAY EXCURSION TRAINS


Algoma Central Railway: Operates Ontario's Agawa Canyon Tour Train, a scenic route from Sault Ste. Marie to northern Ontario, other service; (800) 242-9287, Canadian Ontario Tour.

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad: Spectacular steam-powered, narrow-gauge railway in Colorado and New Mexico; (888) CUMBRES (286-2737), Colorado and New Mexico Train Tour.(http://www.cumbrestoltec.com)

Grand Canyon Railway: From Williams, Ariz., historic train to the heart of national park; (800) THE-TRAIN (843-8724), The Grant Canyon Train Tour.

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad: Cousin of C&TS, above, a splendid steam-powered ride through Colorado's Animas Canyon; (888) 872-4607, Colorado Canyon Tour.