Trains have always been the only truly cultivated way to travel. Today, in the age of budget airlines, never-ending security controls, and sustainability issues, this is truer than ever before. The slower rhythm from departure to arrival, the relaxed glide through the landscape, and the shift between city and country fill rail enthusiasts with great joy and are pleasures waiting to be discovered by the uninitiated.
The Journey presents a varied selection of extraordinary travel opportunities by train from around the world. The reader is invited aboard modern high-speed trains, spectacular panoramic railways, dining carriages, and elegant compartments of historic luxury trains. The book presents the exteriors and interiors of these different trains, their routes, and their defining character. It takes the reader on a journey to breathtaking canyons and romantic landscapes, recounts adventurous travel reports, and describes the history and current developments of well-known trains, including the Venice Simplon Orient Express, the Glacier Express, the Trans-Siberian Railway, and the El Transcantabrico. Striking images, informative geographical material, and personal experiences characterize these train adventures, ranging from the quick three-hour trip to the transcontinental journey lasting several days.
The Journey also depicts many other aspects that contribute to the whole experience of a successful train journey, such as the architecture of old and new train stations as sites for grand emotions and pictures of passing landscapes and traveling salesmen.
Train travel is without a doubt one of the best ways to decelerate from our fast-paced daily lives. After all, the journey is also a destination.