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  • Rabat, Morocco Ville railway station

    Trains in Africa

    Africa, like South America, is something of a wasteland for modern rail. Rail systems are sophisticated and modern enough for routine point-to-point internal travel by [...]
  • The ICE (InterCity Express) is a high-speed train that connects all major cities in Germany. With speeds up to 300km/h.

    Rail Travel in Germany

    I once wrote that Germany should be “off limits” to economy travelers because of its high costs. No longer — German hotel and restaurant prices compare [...]
  • France's high-speed TGV train service is to be renamed "inOui" - photo by SNCF

    French Rail Report

    France was the first European country to adopt the principle of high-speed passenger trains on dedicated right-of-way lines. The first TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) line, [...]
  • Shanghai Maglev Train connecting the Pudong Airport with the city by Andreas Krebs via Wikimedia Commons

    Riding the Rails in China

    China operates more miles of dedicated high-speed rail lines than the rest of the world, combined. And while California dithers about its 500-mile project, hoping to complete [...]
  • Kurobe Gorge Railway by Hiroyuki Mori from Nishinomiya, Japan via Wikimedia Commons

    Riding the Rails in Japan

    Most visitors traveling around Japan plan on using the country’s extensive railway system. Japan built the world’s first dedicated high-speed rail line, between [...]
  • This viaduct carries the Perth to Aberdeen railway line across the South Esk River at Montrose, Angus. First ScotRail's 170454 is crossing with a train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen by Geof Sheppard from Wikimedia Commons

    UK Rail Report

    I just returned from a trip that included a week in the UK, focused on train excursions. I based in Inverness, with out-and-back excursions to Kyle of Lochalsh and Thurso, [...]
  • 'The Overland' train headed for Adelaide

    Worldwide Rail Bulletin – Jan. 12

    News No hot news this week—mostly just more minor variations on the Covid theme. VIA Rail Canada   Nothing new this week. VIA Rail Canada has resumed partial service on [...]
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Flying Scotsman Runs Again

by editor in DESTINATIONS

Britain’s historic Flying Scotsman–the locomotive and the train–will return to a large-scale program of excursions starting in March 2016. Most trips will [...]

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