Great railway journeys around the world

A new book reveals the fine art of travelling by train

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The Independent Travel

From the Trans-Siberian to the Orient Express, certain rail journeys are undoubtedly iconic. And while routes, operators and technology have changed over the years there are still some amazing adventures to be had by train.

 A new book, The Journey, celebrates “the fine art of travelling by train”. Besides colourful photography you’ll find past travel reports and historical information on routes through mountain ranges, forests and deserts, from Scotland and Switzerland to Peru and Patagonia.

Fancy a ride through the Swiss Alps on the Glacier Express, with its panoramic windows? Or views of Australia’s Red Centre from The Ghan, Art Deco glamour aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, or a journey through two continents and seven time zones on the Trans-Siberian Railway?

Closer to home, the West Highland Line, arguably one of the UK’s most picturesque railways, is also featured in the book, alongside the Belmond Royal Scotsman, with its refurbished mid-century Pullman carriages.

The Journey is published by Gestalten, £35