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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.

So what now?

As I am no longer able to make this trip myself, I am instead seeing these trains through other eyes (through the words, and photographs, of other people who have enjoyed travelling on these trains and railways).

Think of this as part travelogue, part rail travel article repository (and a charity fundraiser too – in aid of FareShare UK).

So when I do find great articles, I’ll add them here  – for others to enjoy too (so if you know of an article that I may have missed, please let me know by contacting me here – or via Twitter at @ataxiascot – thanks).

If you then feel inspired to make this journey, or to travel by train in one of the regions featured, then please feel free to express any gratitude by leaving a donation. Your donation coupled with my subsequent participation in the Kiltwalk, means that FareShare actually receives your donation + 50%!

Around the World by Train. The Route.

START: Glasgow, Scotland.

1 Glasgow to Fort William. West Highland Railway (Part 1)
2 Fort William to Mallaig. West Highland Railway (Part 2)
3 Mallaig to Kyle of Lochalsh
4 Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness. The Kyle Line
5 Inverness to Aviemore. Highland Main Line (Part 1)
6 Aviemore. Strathspey Steam Railway
7 Aviemore to Edinburgh. Highland Main Line (Part 2)
8 Edinburgh to Newcastle-upon-Tyne (England). East Coast Main Line (Part 1)
9 Newcastle-upon-Tyne to Carlisle. Hadrian’s Wall Country Line
10 Carlisle to Leeds. Inc. Settle-Carlisle Railway
11 Leeds to London. East Coast Main Line (Part 2)
12 London to Paris (France). Eurostar
13 Paris to Nimes. Le Cevenol
14 Nimes to Perpignan
15 Perpignan to Latour de Carol. Le Petit Train Jaune (up)
16 Latour de Carol to Ribes de Freser (Spain). Rodalies de Catalunya R3 (Part 1)
17 Ribes de Freser to Nuria (return). Vall de Nuria Rack Railway.
18 Ribes de Freser to Barcelona. Rodalies de Catalunya R3 (Part 2)
19 Ferry: Barcelona to Palma de Mallorca.
20 Palma de Mallorca to Soller (return). El Tren de Soller
21 Ferry: Palma de Mallorca to Barcelona
22 Barcelona to Madrid. AVE
23 Madrid to Lisbon (Portugal). Lusitania Night Train
24 Lisbon to Porto
25 Porto to Pocinho (return). The Douro Valley
26 Porto to Vigo (Spain)
27 Vigo to Oviedo
28 Oviedo to Santander. FEVE
29 Santander to Bilbao. FEVE
30 Bilbao to San Sebastian/Donostia. Euskotren
31 San Sebastian/Donostia to Hendaye (France). Euskotren
32 Hendaye to Toulouse
33 Toulouse to Latour de Carol
34 Latour de Carol to Perpignan. Le Petit Train Jaune (down)
35 Perpignan to Marseille
36 Marseille to Nice. French Riviera
37 Nice to Dignes-les-Bains. Le Train des Pignes
38 Dignes-les-Bains to St.Gervais-le-Fayet
39 St.Gervais-les-Bains to Le Nid d’Aigle. Tramway du Mont Blanc
40 St.Gervais-le-Fayet to Martigny (Switzerland). Mont Blanc Express
41 Martigny to Zermatt
42 Zermatt. Gornergratbahn
43 Zermatt to Domodossola (Italy)
44 Domodossola to Locarno (Switzerland). Centovalli Railway
45 Locarno to Andermatt
46 Andermatt to St.Moritz. The Glacier Express
47 St.Moritz to Tirano (Italy). The Bernina Express
48 Tirano to Milan to Verona
49 Verona to Innsbruck (Austria). The Brenner Railway
50 Innsbruck to Graz (Austrian Tyrol)
51 Graz to Vienna (inc. The Semmering Railway)
52 Vienna to Bratislava (Slovakia)
53 Bratislava to Kosice
54 Kosice to Poprad-Tatry
55 Poprad-Tatry to Strbske-Pleso. Tatra Electric Railway
56 Strbske-Pleso to Strba. Strba Rack Railway
57 Strba to Prague (Czech Republic)
58 Prague to Cheb
59 Cheb to Zwickau (Germany). Vogtlandsbahn
60 Zwickau to Berlin
61 Berlin to Quedlinburg
62 Quedlinburg to Eisfelder Talmuhle. Harz Mountain Railway – Selketalbahn
63 Eisfelder Talmuhle to Drei Annen Hohne. Harz Mountain Railway – Harzquerbahn
64 Drei Annen Hohne to Brocken (return). Harz Mountain Railway – Brockenbahn
65 Drei Annen Hohne to Nordhausen Nord. Harz Mountain Railway – Harzquerbahn
66 Nordhausen to Singen
67 Singen to Offenburg. The Black Forest Railway
68 Offenburg to Karlsruhe. Rhine Valley Railway
69 Karlsruhe to Heilbronn. Kraichgau Railway
70 Heilbronn to Heidelberg. Neckar Valley Railway
71 Heidelberg to Ludwigshafen
72 Ludwigshafen to Cologne. West Bank of the Rhine
73 Cologne to Hamburg
74 Hamburg to Copenhagen (Denmark)
75 Copenhagen – Malmo (Sweden) – Gothenburg – Oslo (Norway)
76 Oslo to Stavanger. The Sorlandet Line.
77 Bus: Stavanger to Bergen
78 Bergen to Myrdal. The Bergen Line (Part 1)
79 Myrdal to Flam (return). The Flam Railway
80 Myrdal to Oslo. The Bergen Railway (Part 2)
81 Oslo to Trondheim. The Dovre Railway
82 Trondheim to Ostersund (Sweden)
83 Ostersund to Gallivare. Inlandsbanan
84 Gallivare to Lulea
85 Bus: Lulea to Kemi (Finland)
86 Kemi to Helsinki
87 Helsinki to St.Petersburg (Russia)
88 St.Petersburg to Moscow
89 Moscow to Ulan-Ude. The Trans Siberian Railway
90 Ulan-Ude to Beijing. The Trans Mongolian Railway
91 Beijing to Golmud
92 Golmud to Lhasa. The Qinghai-Tibet Railway
93 Fly: Lhasa to Siliguri
94 Siliguri to Darjeeling (return). Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
95 Siliguri to New Delhi. Arunchal Express
96 New Delhi to Agra (return). Gatimaan Express
97 New Delhi to Alwar (return). Fairy Express
98 New Delhi to Kalka. The Himalayan Queen
99 Kalka to Shimla (return). Kalka-Shimla Mountain Railway
100 Kalka to Pathankot
101 Pathankot to Joginder Nagar (return). The Kangra Valley Railway
102 Pathankot to Mumbai. The Vivek Express
103 Mumbai to Goa. The Konkan Railway/Mandovi Express
104 Goa to Mangalore. The Matsyagandha Express
105 Mangalore to Coimbatore. The West Coast Express
106 Coimbatore to Ooty (return). The Nilgiri Mountain Railway
107 Coimbatore to Trivandrum. The Kerala Express
108 Trivandrum to Kanyakumari
109 Kanyakumari to Rameswaram. The Cape Express
110 Talaimanaar (Sri Lanka) to Badulla
111 Badulla to Colombo. Udarata Menike
112 Fly: Colomba to Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania)
113 Dar Es Salaam to Cape Town (South Africa). Rovos Rail
114 Cape Town to Pretoria. The Blue Train
115 Pretoria to Johannesburg. Shosholoza Meyl
116 Fly: Johannesburg to Perth (Australia)
117 Perth to Sydney. Indian-Pacific
118 Fly: Sydney to Auckland (New Zealand)
119 Auckland to Wellington. Northern Explorer
120 Ferry: Wellington to Picton
121 Picton to Christchurch. Coastal Pacific
122 Christchurch to Greymouth (return). Tranzalpine
123 Fly: Christchurch to Sydney (Australia)
124 Sydney to Melbourne. XPT
125 Melbourne to Adelaide. The Overland
126 Adelaide to Darwin. The Ghan
127 Fly: Darwin to Singapore
128 Singapore to Gemas (Malaysia)
129 Gemas to Tumpat (return). The Jungle Railway
130 Gemas to Kuala Lumpur
131 Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok (Thailand). Eastern & Oriental Express
132 Fly: Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
133 Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Hanoi. The Reunification Express
134 Hanoi to Nanning
135 Nanning to Hong Kong
136 Hong Kong. Peak Tram
137 Hong Kong to Shanghai (coastal route)
138 Shanghai to Shanghai Airport Maglev
139 Fly: Shanghai to Seoul (South Korea)
140 Seoul to Busan. KTX
141 Ferry: Busan to Fukuoka (Japan). JR Beetle Ferry
142 Fukuoka to Shin-Yamaguchi. Nozomi on Sanyo Shinkansen
143 Shin-Yamaguchi to Masuda. Yamaguchi Line
144 Masuda to Shinji. Aqua-Liner
145 Shinji to Bingo-Ochiai. Kisuki Line
146 Bingo-Ochiai to Niimi. Geibi Line
147 Niimi to Tsuyama. Kishin Line
148 Tsuyama to Okayama. Tsuyama Line
149 Okayama to Osaka. Sanyo Shinkansen
150 Osaka to Tokyo. Tokaido Shinkansen
151 Tokyo to Nagano. Hokuriku Shinkansen
152 Nagano to Yudanaka (return). Nagano Electric Railway
153 Nagano to Myoko. Shinano Railway
154 Myoko to Naoetsu. Myoko-Haneuma Line
155 Naoetsu to Niigata. Shin Etsu Mainline
156 Niigata to Shibata. Hakushin Line
157 Shibata to Akita. Uetsu Main Line
158 Akita to Higashi-Noshiro. Ou Main Line (Part 1)
159 Higashi-Noshiro to Kawabe. Gono Line
160 Kawabe to Aomori. Ou Main Line (Part 2)
161 Aomori to Shin-Hakodate Hokuto. Hokkaido Shinkansen
162 Fly: Sapporo to Portland (United States)
163 Portland to Chicago. Amtrak Empire Builder
164 Chicago to New Orleans. Amtrak City of New Orleans
165 New Orleans to Washington DC. Amtrak Crescent
166 Washington DC to Chicago. Amtrak Capitol Limited
167 Chicago to San Francisco (Emeryville). Amtrak California Zephyr
168 San Francisco (Emeryville) to Los Angeles. Amtrak Coast Starlight (Part 1)
169 Los Angeles to San Antonio. Amtrak Sunset Limited
170 San Antonio to Chicago. Amtrak Texas Eagle
171 Chicago to Lamy (NM). Amtrak Southwest Chief (Part 1)
172 Bus. Lamy to Santa Fe, New Mexico
173 Santa Fe to Albuquerque. New Mexico Rail Runner
174 Albuquerque to Flagstaff. Amtrak Southwest Chief (Part 2)
175 Bus. Flagstaff to Williams, Arizona.
176 Williams to Grand Canyon Village (return). Grand Canyon Railway
177 Bus. Williams to Flagstaff, Arizona
178 Flagstaff to Los Angeles. Amtrak Southwest Chief (Part 3)
179 Los Angeles to Seattle. Amtrak Coast Starlight (Part 2 – Entire Route)
180 Seattle to Vancouver (Canada). Amtrak Cascades
181 Vancouver to Toronto. The Canadian
182 Toronto to New York (United States). Amtrak Maple Leaf
183 New York to Montreal (Canada). Amtrak Adirondack
184 Montreal to Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Ocean
185 Fly. Halifax to New York
186 New York to Chicago. Amtrak Lakeshore Limited
187 Fly: Chicago to Dublin (Republic of Ireland)
188 Dublin to Galway
189 Galway to Limerick
190 Limerick to Waterford
191 Waterford to Dublin
192 Dublin to Sligo
193 Bus: Sligo to Derry/Londonderry (Northern Ireland)
194 Derry (Londonderry) to Belfast
195 Belfast to Dublin (Republic of Ireland). Enterprise
196 Dublin to Rosslare Europort
197 Ferry: Rosslare Europort to Fishguard (Wales)
198 Fishguard to Swansea
199 Swansea to Shrewsbury (England). Heart of Wales Line
200 Shrewsbury to Welshpool (Wales). Cambrian Line (Part 1)
201 Welshpool to Llanfair Caerinion (return). Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway
202 Welshpool to Aberystwyth. Cambrian Line (Part 2)
203 Aberystwyth to Devil’s Falls (return). Vale of Rheidol Steam Railway
204 Aberystwyth to Porthmadog. Cambrian Coast Line
205 Porthmadog to Caernarfon. Welsh Highland Railway
206 Bus: Carnarfon to Llanberis
207 Llanberis. Llanberis Lake Railway
208 Llanberis to Mt. Snowdon Summit (return). Snowdon Mountain Railway
209 Bus: Llanberis to Caernarfon
210 Caernarfon to Porthmadog. Welsh Highland Railway
211 Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog. Ffestiniog Railway
212 Blaenau Ffestiniog to Llandudno. Conwy Valley Line
213 Llandudno Jct. to Shotton. North Wales Coast Line
214 Shotton to Shrewsbury (England). Borderlands Line
215 Shrewsbury to Newport (Wales). Welsh Marches Line
216 Newport to Bristol (England) to Taunton
217 Bus: Taunton to Bishop’s Lydeard
218 Bishop’s Lydeard to Minehead (return). West Somerset Railway
219 Bus: Bishop’s Lydeard to Taunton
220 Taunton to St.Erth
221 St.Erth to St.Ives (return). St.Ives Bay Line
222 St.Erth to Penzance
223 Penzance to London Paddington. Night Riviera
224 London Euston to Glasgow. Caledonian Sleeper

END Glasgow, Scotland.

Other trains/railways.

These trains / railways are not included in the main Around The World by Train route, but are well worth including in your own journeys.


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