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Sirkeci Terminal, Istanbul: Last stop on the Orient Express

PHeymont ·
Last summer in Paris, we visited an exhibit at the Institute du Monde Arabe, featuring cars and artifacts of the Orient Express and its mystique. A significant part of the exhibit, given the venue, focused on the exotic spell it had for Europeans...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 23, 2015: First Class, Nanning Train Station

PortMoresby ·
  My trip by train from Nanning, China to Hanoi, Vietnam transpired years after my first plan to travel between the 2 countries was thwarted by a landslide that covered the tracks between Kunming, in Yunnan Province, and Hanoi.  After...
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Tough Trains

PortMoresby ·
  It's Sunday afternoon, I actually accomplished something midday, then turned on the telly for a break, just in time for Globe Trekker on PBS.  Sometimes I'm interested, occasionally not, but I hit the jackpot today.  Tough Trains! A...
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Free WiFi starts on Japan's 'bullet trains'

PHeymont ·
With demands for free and fast WiFi as the norm spreading all over, it's no surprise that it's been spreading in Japan, too. But up to now, on the railroads, not so much. That's changing!   Since May 1st, free WiFi has been available on the...
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JetBlue's boutique hotel: Sorry! No vacancy for you!

PHeymont ·
JetBlue, which has its training center ("JetBlue University") in Orlando, along with some operations and maintenance centers, has now opened its own 196-room boutique hotel with all the amenities, from pool to gym to good food.   But it's not...
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Amtrak's Auto Train - Relax your way to Sunshine

Jonathan L ·
There is a rhythm to train travel that is different. This is especially true when you are taking a train for a long distance. I recently took a round trip excursion on Amtrak’s Auto Train. And it immediately reminded me why I enjoy train travel...
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Japan's mag-lev bullet train sets new 375mph record

PHeymont ·
Magnetic levitation trains—a staple of my childhood Popular Science reading—have not only become reality, they're setting new speed records. Japan's newest "bullet train" line, from Tokyo to Nagoya, is testing its first stretches, and hit...
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Sept. 27, 2017: Balloon Man Running, Denver

Samantha ·
A whimsical sculpture in Denver caught Samantha's interest; she shares views of it in different lights and times.
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Our Amazing Pineapple Experience at the Dole Plantation

Samantha ·
Samantha visits a famous Oahu destination, and shows us how much more there is than just how pineapples are grown.
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Eastern Europe Rail Odyssey: Istanbul to Sofia

Wilbur's Travels ·
Wilbur's exotic train journeys continue, today with stops in Istanbul, Thessaloniki, Meteora (Kalambaka), Skopje, Niš, ending in Sofia. If you love train travel stories, you'll love this post.
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The Bikaner Mail

Amateuremigrant ·
Bob Cranwell shares the story of a most memorable train journey -- an experience uniquely Indian.
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National Railway Museum, York, England.

Paul Hunter Landscape Tog ·
Paul Hunter visits the National Railway Museum in York, England. Check out its impressive exhibits!
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Eastern European Rail Odyssey: Gdansk to Vilnius

Wilbur's Travels ·
Wilbur's Eastern European train journey continues, with travels through Gdansk, Kaliningrad, Minsk and Vilnius.
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Steamy Encounters in India

Amateuremigrant ·
Bob Cranwell shares his experiences -- the delights (and some challenges) of traveling in India by rail in the days of steam locomotives.
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Tren del Fin del Mundo, Ushuaia

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger takes a train journey to the "end of the earth", in southern South America.
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Luray, Virginia's Varied Attractions

George G. ·
George G shares some of the highlights of a visit to Luray, Virginia. A top destination is a visit to the Train Museum located in the old Railroad Station (now a Visitor Center).
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 19, 2015: Aswan Station, Egypt

IslandMan ·
    One of the most memorable trips in my journeys was to Egypt, and the overnight train from Cairo to Aswan was an adventure in itself. Our "first class" compartment was reasonably comfortable, but the trains are a bit dated and could use...
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Plan to axe French trains stirs opposition

PHeymont ·
A report to the Ministry of Transport urging scrapping of hundreds of inter-city and regional trains is getting a hot reaction from towns and politicians all over. The proposal would also kill a number of overnight trains connecting Paris to the...
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For railfans: London-Paris train to the past

PHeymont ·
1997 Golden Arrow special                 Photo: Oxyman / Wikimedia   For railfans, and for nostalgic travelers in general, this fall brings an opportunity to relive the days of the boat trains and ferry...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, August 10, 2015: Cranbrook Ed

DrFumblefinger ·
    I'd like to introduce you to "Cranbrook Ed".  Cranbrook is a small city in southeastern British Columbia with an important history as a railway hub.  Situated in the heart of its historic downtown is this statue of an elephant,...
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SNCF: Oooops, we made the trains too big!

PHeymont ·
Above: Too high for tunnel....Below: Too wide for the station SNCF, the French rail operator that last year ordered trains too wide for its platforms has now ordered cars too tall for the tunnels that connect the rail systems of France to Italy....
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Spain facing rail strikes next month

PHeymont ·
Spain's rail system, Renfe, is facing strikes next month by two key unions, the train drivers (SEMAF) and maintenance workers (CCOO). In both cases, contract negotiations are involved.   The engineers have called two one-day strikes and a two-day...
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Heat wave leads Swiss to cut bus/train fares

PHeymont ·
With temperatures still high and ozone pollution levels rising, Swiss authorities have moved to encourage weekend travelers to leave their cars at home by temporarily cutting train and bus fares.   In Geneva, all forms of transit will continue at...
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Eurostar expands routes for winter skiing

PHeymont ·
If cruisers are dreaming of Caribbean warmth for the coming winter (see item above), skiiers are already thinking of freshly-packed powder and warm drinks after...so now, in the heat of summer, we are seeing the winter services being announced.  ...
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France Train Service, SNCF, Expands Low Cost Trains and Buses

Travel Rob ·
Frances train service, SNCF, is expanding its low cost TGV service, Ouigo and tripling it's fleet of coaches called Ouibus.   Ouigo was set up in 2013 to run TGV trains from Paris to the south of France, namely the cities of Lyon,...
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Fast & Free Wifi Coming to 100 Indian Train Stations

Travel Rob ·
          Photo by Mac Google is bringing fast wi-fi to 100 train stations in India by the end of 2016. The initiative will eventually cover 400 stations. In most cases, this will be the fastest internet...
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Amtrak Expands its Pets on a Train Pilot Program

Travel Rob ·
Amtrak expands its pets on a train pilot program that began last year in Illinois. Now for a $25 fee (one way), passengers traveling between Boston, New York, Washington, and Virginia on the Northeast Regional line and between Boston and...
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Hi-speed rail to connect Miami, Orlando

PHeymont ·
With stations already under construction, a new rail service connecting Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando is on track for a 2017 launch, with trains that will provide airline-style amenities without the airport hassle.   The new...
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Hunt for Nazi treasure train gets serious

PHeymont ·
Polish soldiers clearing the area of mines   After 70 years of rumors about a treasure-laden train hidden in Poland by retreating German armies, authorities may (they hope!) be close to finding the truth.   With help from the Polish Mining...
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May 27, 2018: Myanmar—The Gokteik Viaduct

Grand Escapades ·
Gilles shares memories of a train journey in Myanmar, including the crossing of the country's longest viaduct.
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Dec. 13, 2017: Boulder Depot, Boulder, CO

Samantha ·
Memories of the past, as Samantha takes us to visit Boulder's original Union Pacific depot.
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Luxury Train Trips are the Best Way to Explore India

Rajiv Varma ·
India is teeming with a plenitude of palaces, historical monuments, picturesque destinations and magnificent sites. The smooth flight connections make it hassle-free for the travelers to marvel all of them in less time. However, there are those wanderers who love the journey more than the destinations. If you too are a devotee of the scenes passing by in your journey, then manifold your experience by traveling in any of the luxury trains. Be it the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels or the Maharajas...
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A Day in Truckee

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger stops in the historic railroad city of Truckee, situated in eastern California near Reno. He found a pretty and nicely preserved community that was a pleasant place to explore.
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May 23, 2018: Thomson, Georgia Train Station

Samantha ·
Samantha shares her visit to the Old Georgia Railroad Railway Train Station, formally known as the Thomson Georgia Train Station Depot.
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May 10 is National Train Day

PHeymont ·
National Train Day...a celebration of why rail travel matters...is Saturday, May 10 and includes hundreds of events all across the country, with displays and activities at Amtrak stations, rail museums and more. More details on this Amtrak-sponsored...
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A Couple of Tips on Booking the High Speed Bargain TGV Ouigo Trains in France

Travel Rob ·
Ouigo is an independently run subsidiary of the French national rail company SNCF . It started in April 2013 between Marne-la Vallee (the Disney station near Paris) and some points south east. A certain number of seats are 10 Euros and go up as...
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Luxury Train Travel in Japan Increases as Yen has weakened

Travel Rob ·
Tourists,an aging population, and business people give rise to Japan's luxury train travel. Read here, photo: hdwpapers.com
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San Diego Model Railroad Museum: Where Gumbo Was #39

PHeymont ·
Actually, this is a tale of Where Gumbo is Going, because in fact he hasn't yet made it to this largest of all U.S. model railroad museums. Of course, there are conflicting claims, but...     I'm going to Los Angeles for a while in July, and...
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Gallery: The Worst Train in the World Redux

PortMoresby ·
  On November 17, 2013 I posted a story here describing a train ride through the hills of rural central Burma.  It began...    “The earthquake should have been a clue.  But having rather enjoyed the ride, as I have since...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 17, 2014: Cobble Stone Square in Aix-en-Provence

IslandMan ·
       On a recent visit to Marseilles in southern France, we took a day trip by train to Aix-en-Provence. It was a pleasant 50 or so minute ride in a clean, comfortable and modern carriage, and the passing scenery of Provence was...
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German railroad: Passengers are making us late

PHeymont ·
Die Bahn hopes that closing doors earlier will get trains out of the station on time.
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Trains in Cuba

Wilbur's Travels ·
i know there are plenty of longish train journeys but does anybody know if there are any short (2hours max each way) return hops from Havana, Santiago or Trinidad?
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"Doggie-Door" makes lockers easier to use

PHeymont ·
A Japanese company's come up with a way to let you add and remove items from the locker you've stored your luggage in.
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London gets floating hotel and jobs project

PHeymont ·
London will soon have a new 144-room floating hotel that's also a job-training project.
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Indian Railways - The Pride of India

Umakant Sharma ·
When it comes to railway transport, Indian railways are unbeatable as it has now served for more than 150 years and has gained much significance in the public transport industry of the nation. Indian Railways operate between 7,100 stations and it has 60,000+ professional coaches. This makes Indian railways the 4th largest rail network of the world. Post-launch period, the IRCTC (Indian Railways Giving in and Tourism Corporation Limited) has formed a strong virtual platform with lots of...
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10 Places To Visit Before They Disappear From Earth

Pratima ·
The media so often tell us about the changes in the Earth’s climate and landscape related to human activity, that we have ceased to attach great importance to this. Global warming - it has been talked about for decades, but we don’t feel it, rising sea levels are somehow far away from us and are not perceived as a danger. Meanwhile, there are a large number of beautiful parts of our planet, on which these changes have a tremendous and disastrous effect. Taj Mahal, Agra, India According to...
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Jan. 6, 2019: NYBG Holiday Train Show

Jonathan L ·
The Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Gardens is a favorite destination of Jonathan L every December
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The Ghan - an Australian rail journey of style and comfort

IslandMan ·
When we talk about luxury train travel, we conjure up images of the Orient Express and the British Pullman, Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot, Indian Rajas and world heads of state, royalty and opulence, con men and espionage, and journeys that take...
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Japan's 'bullet trains' reach Hokkaido

PHeymont ·
Japan's network of Bullet Trains (shinkansen) has taken another leap forward with the completion of service to Hokkaido island.
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France: Trains of even greater Vitesse

PHeymont ·
France's high-speed rail network will be even higher-speed next year as new and refurbished trains support major schedule upgrades.
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