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/trv/ 2091: Tourist Railroads Around the World

jrxmember Avatar
jrxmember:#2091

ITT we discuss cozy railroads that you can visit and ride. The more historically notable the better, and especially if the trains are pulled by steam locomotives.

mj_berthelsen Avatar
mj_berthelsen:#2092

These two railroads appear to be the most historically-legit steam-powered railroads in the United States:

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (C&TS)
Location: Chama, New Mexico / Antonito, Colorado
http://www.cumbrestoltec.com/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cumbres_and_Toltec_Scenic_Railroad

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (D&NSNG)
Location: Durango, Colorado / Silverton, Colorado
http://www.durangotrain.com/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durango_and_Silverton_Narrow_Gauge_Railroad

Both railroads used to be part of the same railroad line running through Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico, both were built in the 1880s, and both are National Historic Landmarks.

After careful research of these two railroads to determine which one is better, I have determined that the D&SNG is superior to C&TS. Despite the C&TS having a longer route and reaching higher elevations, there is almost nothing to do in that area except for riding the train and there is nothing to do once you get to either of its two endpoints. The D&SNG, however, has multiple things to do once you get off the train at either end. In Durango, its an actual still-functioning city that doesn't exist just for tourism while Silverton has a small downtown area that is also a National Historic Landmark like the railroad itself. Also, there are tour packages to do while in Silverton including standard outdoor things like hiking and zip lining and there is even a tour of an actual gold mine available high up in the mountains.

Both will provide excellent fun times and old timey late 19th-early 20th Century American West feels.

rohan30993 Avatar
rohan30993:#2095

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Forest_Railway_%28Baden%29

Beautiful landscape, steam locomotives ride a couple of times per year as a tourist attraction.

kylefrost Avatar
kylefrost:#2213

Experience the 4 days journey from the Andes to the Ecuadorian coastal flatlands in the cruise train, feel unique curves and sleep in comfy historical haciendas at night. Built in the 1800s and rebuilt in 2011 as a cruise train.


http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/07/travel/ecuador-train/?c=&page=0

bergmartin Avatar
bergmartin:#2606

This one is possibly the best steam railroad in the Eastern US:

Cass Scenic Railroad in West Virginia.

It has the world's largest collection of working geared steam locomotives.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbsbcZKCWDY

joshuapekera Avatar
joshuapekera:#2617

I will be travelling down the Indian West coast in August/September by train. I'll try to get some good pictures and possible do some kind of IWO on one of the KC boards if anyones interested.

chatyrko Avatar
chatyrko:#2620

>>2091
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circum-Baikal_Railway
Some stations are abandoned. It was a good post-apocalypse feel after travel.

sketi_ndlela Avatar
sketi_ndlela:#2622

>>2617
Neat! Not sure if this is the same railway, but in that same part of the country, there is a railway with the world's oldest steam locomotive that's still working: Fairy Queen (1855).

http://www.the-maharajas.com/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairy_Queen_(locomotive)

oskamaya Avatar
oskamaya:#2623

>>2620
Wasn't that the part of the Trans-Siberian Railway that is most directly responsible for bankrupting the Russian Empire?

jamesmbickerton Avatar
jamesmbickerton:#2624

That feel when entire board just for train-related serious discussions:

http://www.1chan.net/rail/

It's slow as shit, though

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