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Started by Verdigris on Sep 5, 2020 6:23:11 PM
Round the world by train

Which way would you go? Which railways would you take in? How long would it take? Where to start and finish? So many questions...

hailesaladdie - 05 Sep 2020 18:25:39 (#1 of 42)

Oh goodness, I could spend days on this.

hailesaladdie - 05 Sep 2020 18:27:56 (#2 of 42)

I planned a trip to Tokyo on the train years ago (including the ferry from Korsakov to Wakkanai, but I don't know if I'd incorporate that into a RTW, which I feel would have to include India. But that means a much more difficult journey than the trans-Manchurian. Ah, choices, choices.

Verdigris - 05 Sep 2020 18:27:59 (#3 of 42)

I thought it might pique your interest, young man!

Just a mad thought that occurred to me mid-washing-up.

Verdigris - 05 Sep 2020 18:32:08 (#4 of 42)

The Øresund Bridge would have to be included in the itinerary, of course.

hailesaladdie - 05 Sep 2020 18:33:06 (#5 of 42)

There are countries which to me, are railway countries.

Switzerland, India, Japan, Russia, China.

Then there are countries with great railway journeys, like Australia, NZ, Indonesia, the US, Canada.

But then, what about Africa? Are we just going to bypass an entire continent and miss out the wonders of convivial Moroccan rail journeys? Amazing desert trips in Southern Africa?

And I haven't even got started on Indochina yet.

hailesaladdie - 05 Sep 2020 18:37:35 (#6 of 42)

The Øresund bridge should also be enjoyed with the Great Belt Bridge, which is arguably more impressive from the train. And then maybe with the H-H crossing, to enjoy the old school train-ferry terminal at Helsingør. If they start up again, you could enjoy the train-on-boat experience on Trelleborg-Sassnitz, but you're too late for the ICE-T getting loaded onto the Rødby-Puttgarden ferry.

But then maybe you want to head north and reach Helsinki? Think of how much of Europe you're missing out this way, though...

Verdigris - 05 Sep 2020 18:42:26 (#7 of 42)

Perhaps I should extend the tour to every inch of railway in the world. I did once travel every bit of rail in Devon (except EXD to Tiverton Parkway), on a Sunday, once. Best fun for less than a tenner, ever.

FleurDuMal - 05 Sep 2020 18:48:22 (#8 of 42)

Michael Portillo there!

hailesaladdie - 05 Sep 2020 18:55:39 (#9 of 42)

With the same wardrobe?

FleurDuMal - 05 Sep 2020 18:56:40 (#10 of 42)

<puts on sunglasses>

hailesaladdie - 05 Sep 2020 18:57:49 (#11 of 42)

bossab2 - 05 Sep 2020 19:10:12 (#12 of 42)

God, going around by air took long enough.

harryhaller - 05 Sep 2020 19:29:05 (#13 of 42)

Don't forget south america, lots of interesting rides there.

bossab2 - 05 Sep 2020 19:31:59 (#14 of 42)

You are 'Michael Portillo'

And I claim £5

harryhaller - 05 Sep 2020 19:32:25 (#15 of 42)

How long would it take?

The beauty of real trains is being able to get off at any station and continue when you want to - as opposed to the Eurostar trash, which is a reservations only sealed airplane tube ( the people from Eurostar did come out of the airline business; I was not surprised)

browserbutton - 05 Sep 2020 19:33:38 (#16 of 42)

<consults Bradshaw's Guide>

harryhaller - 05 Sep 2020 19:33:49 (#17 of 42)

You are 'Michael Portillo'

Arf - Portillo the Red.

FGBFGB - 05 Sep 2020 19:34:40 (#18 of 42)

Pshaw with this Portillo talk - Vicki Pipe and Geoff Marshall should be your inspiration.

harryhaller - 05 Sep 2020 19:37:56 (#19 of 42)

Michael Portillo

You mean Michael Palin ?

bossab2 - 05 Sep 2020 19:39:39 (#20 of 42)


The man with the big nose and wardrobe of vile coloured jackets.

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