Around the world. By train.

This is the route that I had planned to follow in my 2013 attempt to travel around the world by train. The journey that I was in the middle of when ataxia first struck.

I leave the map here, in case it inspires someone else to make the journey, or helps those of you who are already planning a train trip in one of the regions included on the route.

Around the World by Train. The Route.

START: Glasgow, Scotland.

> Glasgow to Fort William. West Highland Railway (Part 1)
> Fort William to Mallaig. West Highland Railway (Part 2)
> Mallaig to Kyle of Lochalsh
> Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness. The Kyle Line
> Inverness to Aviemore. Highland Main Line (Part 1)
> Aviemore. Strathspey Steam Railway
> Aviemore to Edinburgh. Highland Main Line (Part 2)
> Edinburgh to Newcastle-upon-Tyne (England). East Coast Main Line (Part 1)
> Newcastle-upon-Tyne to Carlisle. Hadrian’s Wall Country Line
> Carlisle to Leeds. Inc. Settle-Carlisle Railway
> Leeds to London. East Coast Main Line (Part 2)
> London to Paris (France). Eurostar
> Paris to Nimes. Le Cevenol
> Nimes to Perpignan
> Perpignan to Latour de Carol. Le Petit Train Jaune (up)
> Latour de Carol to Ribes de Freser (Spain). Rodalies de Catalunya R3 (Part 1)
> Ribes de Freser to Nuria (return). Vall de Nuria Rack Railway.
> Ribes de Freser to Barcelona. Rodalies de Catalunya R3 (Part 2)
> Ferry: Barcelona to Palma de Mallorca.
> Palma de Mallorca to Soller (return). El Tren de Soller
> Ferry: Palma de Mallorca to Barcelona
> Barcelona to Madrid. AVE
> Madrid to Lisbon (Portugal). Lusitania Night Train
> Lisbon to Porto
> Porto to Pocinho (return). The Douro Valley
> Porto to Vigo (Spain)
> Vigo to Oviedo
> Oviedo to Santander. FEVE
> Santander to Bilbao. FEVE
> Bilbao to San Sebastian/Donostia. Euskotren
> San Sebastian/Donostia to Hendaye (France). Euskotren
> Hendaye to Toulouse
> Toulouse to Latour de Carol
> Latour de Carol to Perpignan. Le Petit Train Jaune (down)
> Perpignan to Marseille
> Marseille to Nice. French Riviera
> Nice to Dignes-les-Bains. Le Train des Pignes
> Dignes-les-Bains to St.Gervais-le-Fayet
> St.Gervais-les-Bains to Le Nid d’Aigle. Tramway du Mont Blanc
> St.Gervais-le-Fayet to Martigny (Switzerland). Mont Blanc Express
> Martigny to Zermatt
> Zermatt. Gornergratbahn
> Zermatt to Domodossola (Italy)
> Domodossola to Locarno (Switzerland). Centovalli Railway
> Locarno to Andermatt
> Andermatt to St.Moritz. The Glacier Express
> St.Moritz to Tirano (Italy). The Bernina Express
> Tirano to Milan to Verona
> Verona to Innsbruck (Austria). The Brenner Railway
> Innsbruck to Graz (Austrian Tyrol)
> Graz to Vienna (inc. The Semmering Railway)
> Vienna to Bratislava (Slovakia)
> Bratislava to Kosice
> Kosice to Poprad-Tatry
> Poprad-Tatry to Strbske-Pleso. Tatra Electric Railway
> Strbske-Pleso to Strba. Strba Rack Railway
> Strba to Prague (Czech Republic)
> Prague to Cheb
> Cheb to Zwickau (Germany). Vogtlandsbahn
> Zwickau to Berlin
> Berlin to Quedlinburg
> Quedlinburg to Eisfelder Talmuhle. Harz Mountain Railway – Selketalbahn
> Eisfelder Talmuhle to Drei Annen Hohne. Harz Mountain Railway – Harzquerbahn
> Drei Annen Hohne to Brocken (return). Harz Mountain Railway – Brockenbahn
> Drei Annen Hohne to Nordhausen Nord. Harz Mountain Railway – Harzquerbahn
> Nordhausen to Singen
> Singen to Offenburg. The Black Forest Railway
> Offenburg to Karlsruhe. Rhine Valley Railway
> Karlsruhe to Heilbronn. Kraichgau Railway
> Heilbronn to Heidelberg. Neckar Valley Railway
> Heidelberg to Ludwigshafen
> Ludwigshafen to Cologne. West Bank of the Rhine
> Cologne to Hamburg
> Hamburg to Copenhagen (Denmark)
> Copenhagen – Malmo (Sweden) – Gothenburg – Oslo (Norway)
> Oslo to Stavanger. The Sorlandet Line.
> Bus: Stavanger to Bergen
> Bergen to Myrdal. The Bergen Line (Part 1)
> Myrdal to Flam (return). The Flam Railway
> Myrdal to Oslo. The Bergen Railway (Part 2)
> Oslo to Trondheim. The Dovre Railway
> Trondheim to Ostersund (Sweden)
> Ostersund to Gallivare. Inlandsbanan
> Gallivare to Lulea
> Bus: Lulea to Kemi (Finland)
> Kemi to Helsinki
> Helsinki to St.Petersburg (Russia)
> St.Petersburg to Moscow
> Moscow to Ulan-Ude. The Trans Siberian Railway
> Ulan-Ude to Beijing. The Trans Mongolian Railway
> Beijing to Golmud
> Golmud to Lhasa. The Qinghai-Tibet Railway
> Fly: Lhasa to Siliguri
> Siliguri to Darjeeling (return). Darjeeling Mountain Railway
> Siliguri to New Delhi. Arunchal Express
> New Delhi to Agra (return). Gatimaan Express
> New Delhi to Alwar (return). Fairy Express
> New Delhi to Kalka. The Himalayan Queen
> Kalka to Shimla (return). Kalka-Shimla Mountain Railway
> Kalka to Pathankot
> Pathankot to Joginder Nagar (return). The Kangra Valley Railway
> Pathankot to Mumbai. The Vivek Express
> Mumbai to Goa. The Konkan Railway/Mandovi Express
> Goa to Mangalore. The Mangalore Express
> Mangalore to Coimbatore. The West Coast Express
> Coimbatore to Ooty (return). The Nilgiri Mountain Railway
> Coimbatore to Trivandrum. The Kerala Express
> Trivandrum to Kanyakumari
> Kanyakumari to Rameswaram. The Cape Express
> Talaimanaar (Sri Lanka) to Badulla
> Badulla to Colombo. Udarata Menike
> Fly: Colomba to Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania)
> Dar Es Salaam to Cape Town (South Africa). Rovos Rail
> Cape Town to Pretoria. The Blue Train
> Pretoria to Johannesburg. Shosholoza Meyl
> Fly: Johannesburg to Perth (Australia)
> Perth to Sydney. Indian-Pacific
> Fly: Sydney to Auckland (New Zealand)
> Auckland to Wellington. Northern Explorer
> Ferry: Wellington to Picton
> Picton to Christchurch. Coastal Pacific
> Christchurch to Greymouth (return). Tranzalpine
> Fly: Christchurch to Sydney (Australia)
> Sydney to Melbourne. XPT
> Melbourne to Adelaide. The Overland
> Adelaide to Darwin. The Ghan
> Fly: Darwin to Singapore
> Singapore to Gemas (Malaysia)
> Gemas to Tumpat (return). The Jungle Railway
> Gemas to Kuala Lumpur
> Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok (Thailand). Eastern & Oriental Express
> Fly: Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
> Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Hanoi. The Reunification Express
> Hanoi to Nanning
> Nanning to Hong Kong
> Hong Kong. Peak Tram
> Hong Kong to Shanghai (coastal route)
> Shanghai to Shanghai Airport Maglev
> Fly: Shanghai to Seoul (South Korea)
> Seoul to Busan. KTX
> Ferry: Busan to Fukuoka (Japan). JR Beetle Ferry
> Fukuoka to Shin-Yamaguchi. Nozomi Shinkansen
> Shin-Yamaguchi to Masuda. Yamaguchi Line
> Masuda to Shinji. Aqua-Liner
> Shinji to Bingo-Ochiai. Kisuki Line
> Bingo-Ochiai to Niimi. Geibi Line
> Niimi to Tsuyama. Kishin Line
> Tsuyama to Okayama. Tsuyama Line
> Okayama to Osaka. Sanyo Shinkansen
> Osaka to Tokyo. Tokaido Shinkansen
> Tokyo to Nagano. Hokuriku Shinkansen
> Nagano to Yudanaka (return). Nagano Electric Railway
> Nagano to Myoko. Shinano Railway
> Myoko to Naoetsu. Myoko-Haneuma Line
> Naoetsu to Niigata. Shin Etsu Mainline
> Niigata to Shibata. Hakushin Line
> Shibata to Akita. Uetsu Main Line
> Akita to Higashi-Noshiro. Ou Main Line (Part 1)
> Higashi-Noshiro to Kawabe. Gono Line
> Kawabe to Aomori. Ou Main Line (Part 2)
> Aomori to Shin-Hakodate Hokuto. Hokkaido Shinkansen
> Fly: Sapporo to Portland (United States)
> Portland to Chicago. Amtrak Empire Builder
> Chicago to New Orleans. Amtrak City of New Orleans
> New Orleans to Washington DC. Amtrak Crescent
> Washington DC to Chicago. Amtrak Capitol Limited
> Chicago to San Francisco (Emeryville). Amtrak California Zephyr
> San Francisco (Emeryville) to Los Angeles. Amtrak Coast Starlight (Part 1)
> Los Angeles to San Antonio. Amtrak Sunset Limited
> San Antonio to Chicago. Amtrak Texas Eagle
> Chicago to Lamy (NM). Amtrak Southwest Chief (Part 1)
> Bus. Lamy to Santa Fe, New Mexico
> Santa Fe to Albuquerque. New Mexico Rail Runner
> Albuquerque to Flagstaff. Amtrak Southwest Chief (Part 2)
> Bus. Flagstaff to Williams, Arizona.
> Williams to Grand Canyon Village (return). Grand Canyon Railway
> Bus. Williams to Flagstaff, Arizona
> Flagstaff to Los Angeles. Amtrak Southwest Chief (Part 3)
> Los Angeles to Seattle. Amtrak Coast Starlight (Part 2 – Entire Route)
> Seattle to Vancouver (Canada). Amtrak Cascades
> Vancouver to Toronto. The Canadian
> Toronto to New York (United States). Amtrak Maple Leaf
> New York to Montreal (Canada). Amtrak Adirondack
> Montreal to Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Ocean
> Fly. Halifax to New York
> New York to Chicago. Amtrak Lakeshore Limited
> Fly: Chicago to Dublin (Republic of Ireland)
> Dublin to Galway
> Galway to Limerick
> Limerick to Waterford
> Waterford to Dublin
> Dublin to Sligo
> Bus: Sligo to Derry/Londonderry (Northern Ireland)
> Derry (Londonderry) to Belfast
> Belfast to Dublin (Republic of Ireland). Enterprise
> Dublin to Rosslare Europort
> Ferry: Rosslare Europort to Fishguard (Wales)
> Fishguard to Swansea
> Swansea to Shrewsbury (England). Heart of Wales Line
> Shrewsbury to Welshpool (Wales). Cambrian Line (Part 1)
> Welshpool to Llanfair Caerinion (return). Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway
> Welshpool to Aberystwyth. Cambrian Line (Part 2)
> Aberystwyth to Devil’s Falls (return). Vale of Rheidol Steam Railway
> Aberystwyth to Porthmadog. Cambrian Coast Line
> Porthmadog to Caernarfon. Welsh Highland Railway
> Bus: Carnarfon to Llanberis
> Llanberis. Llanberis Lake Railway
> Llanberis to Mt. Snowdon Summit (return). Snowdon Mountain Railway
> Bus: Llanberis to Caernarfon
> Caernarfon to Porthmadog. Welsh Highland Railway
> Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog. Ffestiniog Railway
> Blaenau Ffestiniog to Llandudno. Conwy Valley Line
> Llandudno Jct. to Shotton. North Wales Coast Line
> Shotton to Shrewsbury (England). Borderlands Line
> Shrewsbury to Newport (Wales). Welsh Marches Line
> Newport to Bristol (England) to Taunton
> Bus: Taunton to Bishop’s Lydeard
> Bishop’s Lydeard to Minehead (return). West Somerset Railway
> Bus: Bishop’s Lydeard to Taunton
> Taunton to St.Erth
> St.Erth to St.Ives (return). St.Ives Bay Line
> St.Erth to Penzance
> Penzance to London Paddington. Night Riviera
> London Euston to Glasgow. Caledonian Sleeper

END Glasgow, Scotland.