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10 of the best scenic rail journeys in Europe

Nothing quite beats the romance of travelling on a steam train or shunting through mountains. These rides showcase Europes spectacular landscapes La Rhune, France Length 4.2kmAdult fare 19 return A quaintly old-fashioned rack- or cog-railway sets off from a low mountain pass inland from Saint-Jean-de-Luz to ascend the westernmost peak of the Pyrenees. All the way there are views back over the Basque coast and countryside. Although passengers board in France, on the summit they are greeted by a choice of Spanish bars. The train returns to base, but you…

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Passing panorama: New Zealands glory from a train window

Thirty times after the TranzAlpine was launched, Susan Grossman boards one of the worlds most scenic trains at Christchurch, before completing her trip on North Islands Northern Explorer It’s 8.15 am on the dot and with one mellowed toot the Christchuch to Otira passageway, completed in 1923; up to 18 develops a day still climb up and down its 1:33 gradient, transporting coal from west to east. Even now it’s a hazardous process avoiding locomotives from overheating and shutting down. The develop stops while our obligation administrator uncouples the carriages…

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