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Green Trains Or Flying High? Travel The Globe Sustainable

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by: Jefferson Joltson
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Travel involves so many choices - where, when and how to get there for starters. We've got 'how to go' covered, and you can probably guess it doesn’t involve flying. The following are 15 reasons we're highlighting to show why travelling by train beats taking the plane:

Green Trains Or Flying High? Trains are better than planes

Travel centre to centre

Airports are often located far outside the city centre. For example, travelling from central London to Stansted Airport takes well over an hour and can be expensive. On the other hand, train stations are normally centrally located. Take the rail journey from London to Edinburgh as an example: it’s 4 hrs and 30 mins from Kings Cross station to Edinburgh Waverley station, both located in their respective city centres. If you add in travel to and from London and Edinburgh airport, flying isn’t any faster than taking the train.

man, train, window, plane

Train travel gives your leg room

Our own research has revealed that taking the train gives passengers more space on average than other common forms of transport including, of course, planes. Kick back and get comfy because there’s more room on average than other forms of transport.

3 chairs, windows

How long have trains been around?
First train appeared in the year 1804. It managed to pull 25 tonnes of iron material and 70 people over the distance of 10 miles. Over the course of history trains were powered by steam, electricity and diesel fuel (although one of the earliest trains in USA was powered by horses that walked on treadmills)

Avoid airport security

Airport security lines can be long and stressful, and that 2 hr pre-flight arrival adds significant travel time. Train travel wins the speed prize in this race. For most internal UK rail services, such as Edinburgh to London, there’s no need to arrive at the station more than 15 mins before departure. Eurostar check-in for passengers with Standard Class and Standard Premier tickets closes 30 mins before departure, whilst Business Premier passengers only need to check in 10 mins early.

people, row, airport security

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The environment 

Air travel is now one of the fastest growing contributors to climate change. The aviation industry is said to contribute between 4 and 9% of the total climate change impact of humans. This means that choosing not to fly is a powerful pro-environmental action that helps you shrink your carbon footprint. 

Eurostar commissioned independent research that assessed the CO2 per passenger produced by a London to Paris Eurostar journey compared to a London to Paris flight. The research looked at Eurostar passenger loadings and power consumption, and how Eurostar's electricity is generated. The research then compared these with aircraft loadings and fuel consumption. The staggering conclusion was that choosing the train over flying cuts CO2 emissions per passenger by 90%.

blue, yellow train, hydrogen
Hydrogen powered train

Trains v Planes: CO2 Emissions

A good source for European train/plane/car emissions comparisons is www.ecopassenger.org.

CO2 emisions graph, train, plane

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                                                              Top 10 Fastest High Speed Trains in Europe 
                                                  Green Trains Or Flying High? Travel The Globe Sustainable


The dining car

There are no salt-laden, half frozen airplane meals here. In fact, some trains in Europe have top class regional and local cuisine on board. In the UK, GWR serves top quality food in their 'Pullman Dining Car'. Rail operators are increasingly trying to cater to various dietary needs as our 'Veganuary' research discovered. 

Train dining 2 women, 1 man

Which country built the first train?
Soon wagonways were also built in Britain. However, the first use of steam locomotives was in Britain. The invention of wrought iron rails, together with Richard Trevithick's pioneering steam locomotive meant that Britain had the first modern railways in the world.

Recommended: Vegan Food You Need To Develop Your Muscles: Protein Power

Eat and drink from your own menu

On the other hand, if you don’t feel like spending money buying food on board, you can bring your own along. Travellers are always allowed to take their own pre-packed food and drink on board trains across Europe, so pack a picnic (Pro tip: don't want to leave a pile of disposable plastic in your wake? Learn how in our top train travel hacks and packs).

2 girls, food, train

Get free stuff with your train tickets

Loads of train tickets include hidden freebies and discounts in major towns and cities, so get clued up:

  • 2-for-1 entry to hundreds of tourist attractions such as London Zoo, Madame Tussauds, The London Eye and many ore around the UK
  • 2-for-1 tickets for the best museums in Paris, Brussels, Lille, Lyon and Marseille with your Eurostar ticket
  • 25% discount for Venice museum pass for ticket holders for any of Italy's high-speed Frecce trains

Map, madam Tussaud

Which is the slowest train in the world?
The Glacier Express is known as the slowest express train in the world. As St. Moritz and Zermatt are home to two well-known mountains, the Glacier Express is also said to travel from Matterhorn to Piz Bernina.

See more, learn more 

Train travel can be a truly romantic and fascinating way to travel. Travel through different places and gaze out your window upon varied landscapes and culture. Castles, vineyards, villages, the Alps, Rhine falls. There’s so much to see and trains traverse all of it.

Woman looking outside window train

Stay connected 

No flight-mode, reliable mobile phone coverage and almost all modern trains have plug-sockets at your seat. Many trains also now have wifi coverage so it’s easy to work, stay updated on social media and post live train selfies of your journey.

black man, smart phone, train, window

Which country has no train?
Currently, Kuwait has no railway, but several railway network projects are being planned. The country plans to construct a 1,200 mile Gulf Railway network which will run from Kuwait city to Oman.

The tactical switch 

If your neighbour is not your ideal travel companion, you have a better chance of switching to a different seat. When there’s unreserved seating on services that aren’t packed, you’ll often be able to move around as you please. There are also no seatbelt signs to keep you tied down.

No turbulence 

Avoid those nerve-jangling movements associated with flying by staying on track. 

scared woman, plane window

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Travelling with children is easy

Trains offer greater flexibility at each stage of the journey, making family train travel easier and less stressful than flying. Children can move around more freely than on a plane, and you’ll have the space to pack home comforts. Even better, many rail operators permit young children (up to four years old) to travel for free if they share a seat with an adult passenger. When you book with us, we’ll prompt you to enter the age of child passengers and automatically assign suitable tickets.

Breaking up your journey can be a real bonus

Heading to the south of Italy and fancy stopping over in Milan for lunch? Trains allow you to do exactly that. Stretch your legs on a walk around Paris or take in a museum in London, you can schedule convenient stopovers to make the most of your itinerary.

Baggage isn't a bother

Riding the rails also means that you’re freer to pack what you want, as luggage restrictions are more flexible than on planes.

Trains are more pet and bike friendly 

Indeed, it’s far easier to bring pets and bikes on trains than on planes, though you’ll need to check with your rail operator to be safe. Our help guides are a great place to start. 

Recommended: Urban Mobility: The 15 Friendliest Bike Cities In the World

dog, blue train

Is Hyperloop safe?
Is hyperloop safe? Safety is our number-one priority and we're designing hyperloop to be inherently safer and more reliable than maglev or high-speed rail. We have no at-grade crossings (by far the leading risk posed by trains), so there are no interactions with other forms of transport or wildlife.

Recommended: London To Edinburgh In 45 Minutes With: The Virgin Hyperloop

Trains are safer

There's some debate over whether planes or trains are safer, and it all depends on how you measure it. If it's deaths per billion miles flown, then planes win, but planes fly a very long way. But if it's deaths per journey, then trains are nearly six times safer. Both forms of transport are, of course, very safe. 

safer train graph

      The Most Famous Trains in the World

20th Century Limited
The United States had several famous trains during its long history of railroad transport, but none received more attention and popularity than the 20th Century Limited – an express passenger train that ran the route between New York City and Chicago from 1902 to 1967.
Trans-Siberian Express
Trans-Siberian Express – Built between 1891 to 1916 by order of the Russian Tsars Alexander III and his son Nicholas II, this largest railroad network in the world instantly became one of the most famous travel routes in the world. Connecting the main railway station in Moscow to the 9289km away city of Vladivostok
train, Transiberian, lake
The Trans-Siberian Express Skirts Lake Baikal
Orient Express
Orient Express is without the doubt one of the most famous trains of all time. The real reason for its popularity lies in its level of service and the popular stories that were centered around it (most famously by a detective novel “Murder on the Orient Express” written by Agatha Christie). The original route was maintained between 1883 and 1977, switching to the shorter trips between Paris and Vienna. Eventually, after its schedule covered shorter and shorter routes, the name Orient Express disappeared from the European train schedules on 14 December 2009.
Flying Scotsman
Flying Scotsman is the most famous train in Great Britain which connected the capitals of England and Scotland on a daily basis ever since 1862. This train line received many upgrades, with the latest modernization enabling it to finish its journey of 392 miles in just a 4 hours.
Golden Arrow
After the success of luxury train line, Orient Express, train and railway company Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits (CIWL) decided to expand their presence and offer similar high-end lines all across the Europe. One of their most successful attempts was Golden Arrow, a fast passenger train that operated between Victoria Station in London to the coastal town of Dover, where passengers could board the ferry that would carry them to the France and the train with the same name (La Flèche d’Or which translates to The Golden Arrow) on their way to Paris. The line remained active until 1971.
Blue Train
The art of luxury travel that was practiced by the CIWL company (who created and operated the lines of Orient Express and Golden Arrow) was perfected with Blue Train. Often promoted as “ magnificent moving five-star hotel.
Interior Blue Train, chairs, tables, windows
The Blue Train interior

Bullet Train

The increasing need for evolving public transport pushed Japan into creating Shinkansen, a network of train lines specifically created for high speed in 1964. The trains on that high-speed network gained nickname Bullet Trains, and in the following decades, both the trains and the railway network received numerous upgrades. Conventional rail trains can reach maximum operating speeds of 240-320km/h, while one line that uses maglev technology (Tokyo-Nagoya) can reach up to 603km/h.
TGV
The pride of France train network TGV (Train a Grande Vitesse, translated to “high-speed train”) was built in the 1970s as a solution for transporting people between major cities with speeds of up to 320km/h and sometimes average trip speeds of almost 280 km/h. The great success of the commercial use of TGV in 1981 caused large expansion of high-speed railway lines across the France. Neighboring countries such as Spain, Italy, and Germany quickly emulated France by building their high-speed network lines, but none of them managed to find the worldwide fame as TGV.
Eurostar
The difficulties of travel between England and France caused authorities to invest billions of euros into the construction of the 50.5-kilometer long underground tunnel under English Chanel and implementation of the famous high-speed Eurostar train line that connects London and Paris. Currently, the travel time of Eurostar between those cities is 2 hours and 15 minutes. The average speed of Eurostar is around 300 km/h, except during the passage through Channel Tunnel where the speed is reduced to 160 km/h for safety reasons.
Ghan
Ghan is the most famous train in Australia, connecting the southern and northern coasts of this large continent between cities Adelaide and Darwin. First opened in 1929, this train needs a bit over 54 hours to travel over 2900 kilometers across large Australian deserts (this includes 4 hour stop in Alice Springs, third-largest city of Northern Territory). On average it uses between 16 and 26 passenger carriages but on some occasions grew to the size of 1.2 km when it pulled 44 cars.
Train Ghan Express red soil
The Ghan 
Indian Pacific
Indian Pacific – In addition to Ghan which connects Adelaide and Darwin from south to north coast of Australia, this large country also has a large train route that connects it from west to east. Indian Pacific train line runs between Sidney, on the Pacific Ocean, all the way to Perth, on the coast of Indian Ocean. The journey across the 3960 km of Australian desert lasts three days, which includes the travel across the longest stretch of perfectly straight railway track in the world (477 kilometers).
Super Chief
Super Chief – One of the most famous trains in the United States connected the Los Angles, California, and Chicago, Illinois. It did so in a spectacular manner, with the high-end service offering, premium lodging, and prices that attracted wealthier and business customers. Super Chief train started its operation in 1936 on the line that was 3584 km long, traveling initially twice per week and once per day starting 1948. It reached its popularity because it often transported famous clientele from Hollywood.
Peruvian Central Railway
Peruvian Central Railway train line gained fame across the world for being the highest altitude train line in the world. During the journey between La Oroya and Lima, that features 66 tuneless and 56 bridges, trains on this line climb all the way to the altitude of 3.9 kilometers. Because of this, Peruvian Central Railway trains have an onboard doctor that can help passengers who experience symptoms of altitude sickness.
Red train, bridge, valley, mountains
Peruvian Central Railway: La Oroya and Lima
Maharajas’ Express
Maharajas’ Express from India is regarded today as one of the most luxurious trains ever created. It offers truly state of the art facilities and amenities, and even “Presidential Suite” - a train car dedicated to one passenger. Because this it dedicates so much space to each user, it's maximum capacity is just 88 people.
Other famous United States trains
Other famous trains in the United States: The Hiawatha (Chicago to Minneapolis), California Limited (Chicago to L.A), California Zephyr (Chicago to Emeryville), Rock Island Rockets (early diesel powered trains), North Coast Limited, Orange Blossom Special, and The Royal Blue.
Other famous trains from all around the world
Other famous trains: Rovos Rail Pride of Africa, Golden Eagle Danube Express, Belmond Royal Scotsman, El Transcantábrico (Northern Spain), Eastern & Oriental Express (New Zealand), Belmond Grand Hibernian (Ireland), Deccan Odyssey (India), Shangri-La Express (China), Al-Andalus (Spain), Glacier Express (Switzerland and Italy), The Sweet Train (Japan), Kyushu Seven Stars (Japan).

Green Trains Or Flying High? Some Trips In Europe

It's easier than ever to take the train across Europe - and capital cities are by no means the only destinations available to those planning a city break by rail. The train journeys that are even faster than flying. At the dawn of a new decade, more travellers are looking for ways to reduce the carbon footprint of their adventures, but time and money are still the two major factors in deciding what to book.

New research from Omio, a travel transport booking app, has revealed 25 European routes that are actually faster by bus or train than flying.

Omio Mobile Graph

‘The common perception that flying is always the fastest way to get from A to B doesn’t necessarily hold true once you consider the additional time required to get to the airport, queue at check-in or security and wait to board or retrieve baggage’, Bertrand Etienne, regional director at Omio, said.

Here are a few of the journeys that are faster than flying.

Green Trains: London to Brussels or Paris 

tulips, train yellow, blue

Eurostar train services across the Channel to France, Belgium and beyond have running for 25 years, with a new expansion to Amsterdam. Not only will travellers save up to 32kg of carbon dioxide by taking the train, but the journey will be three hours faster than heading to the airport.

Areal Brussel

Green Trains: Paris to Marseille

Crossing nearly the entire length of France, the journey from Paris to the coastal city of Marseille is nearly two hours faster by train and saves a whopping 62kg of carbon dioxide.

Marseilles Harbor

Green Train: Madrid to Andalucía 

If you’re headed to the south after visiting Spain’s capital city, Seville and Málaga are actually faster to reach by train than flying by nearly an hour-and-a-half.

The Alhambra in Grenada is in Andalucía.
The Alhambra in Grenada is in Andalucía

Green Trains: Rome to Naples, Florence or Pisa by train

Crisscrossing Italy can easily be done on the country’s Trenitalia network, and the capital’s quick links mean that at least an hour can be shaved off train travel time.

Areal view Florence

Green Train: Stuttgart To Paris

For this route, it’s faster to hop on a train between Germany and France by nearly an hour-and-a-half, and 47kg of CO2 is saved in the process.

Areal Paris

Green Train Or Flying High? A Trip In The United States

New York To Washington

For those wanting to travel between New York and Washington, the most common advice found online is to take the Acela Express, a train designed to travel at maximum 241km/h, getting there in three and a half hours. Now, the rail operator is preparing to launch the Avelia Liberty trainsets in 2021. The new fleet will consists of 28 next-generation, high-speed trains built by Alstom. Developers promise it will carry up to 33% more passengers than the current Acela trains, and will feature an improved design for enhanced safety.

Areal photo Washington

Green Train Or Flying High? Japan

Tokyo To Osaka

Airlines operating on the Tokyo–Osaka route face fierce competition from Japan’s oldest and most popular railway artery, the Tōkaidō Shinkansen. The corridor is a flurry of activity, connecting Japan’s three main economic and social areas: the Tokyo Metropolitan area, the Nagoya region and the Osaka region. Here, rail transport completely dominates the travel landscape.

With a capacity of 445,000 passengers per day, the trains own 85% of the market share over airlines. So for every 30,000 seats occupied on planes, 350,000 are taken on trains each day, according to JR Central’s annual report. It’s little wonder – Japanese trains are world famous for their punctuality, safety records and high level of customer service.

The Nozomi train, one of the three operating on the corridor, connects Tokyo to Osaka in just two hours and 30 minutes. While the flight takes a little over an hour, after factoring in the additional journey to and from the airport and the high price point for the air fare, it’s far easier and cheaper to take the Shinkansen.

Shinkansen Train Hihj Speed

Green Train Or Flying High? China

Beijing To Shanghai

The high-speed line connecting two of China’s major economic zones was opened in 2011 in order to ease congestion from the 1,464km Beijing–Shanghai main railway line. At the moment the maximum speed is increased to 350km/h, in line with its initial design, and the announcement was made that China’s latest generation Fuxing bullet trains will operate on the corridor. The speed increase cuts the journey between Beijing and Shanghai to four hours and 28 minutes – just half an hour longer than flying there but wthout the inconvenience of being an hour in advance at the airport, the waiting and the trip from the airport to the city.

Areal photo railwaystation Shanghai

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Green Trains Or Flying High? Travel The Globe Sustainable

Travel involves so many choices - where, when and how to get there for starters. We've got 'how to go' covered, and you can probably guess it doesn’t involve flying. The following are 15 reasons we're highlighting to show why travelling by train beats taking the plane: Green Trains Or Flying High? Trains are better than planes Travel centre to centre Airports are often located far outside the city centre. For example, travelling from central London to Stansted Airport takes well over an hour and can be expensive. On the other hand, train stations are normally centrally located. Take the rail journey from London to Edinburgh as an example: it’s 4 hrs and 30 mins from Kings Cross station to Edinburgh Waverley station, both located in their respective city centres. If you add in travel to and from London and Edinburgh airport, flying isn’t any faster than taking the train. Train travel gives your leg room Our own research has revealed that taking the train gives passengers more space on average than other common forms of transport including, of course, planes. Kick back and get comfy because there’s more room on average than other forms of transport. How long have trains been around? First train appeared in the year 1804. It managed to pull 25 tonnes of iron material and 70 people over the distance of 10 miles. Over the course of history trains were powered by steam, electricity and diesel fuel (although one of the earliest trains in USA was powered by horses that walked on treadmills) Avoid airport security Airport security lines can be long and stressful, and that 2 hr pre-flight arrival adds significant travel time. Train travel wins the speed prize in this race. For most internal UK rail services, such as Edinburgh to London, there’s no need to arrive at the station more than 15 mins before departure. Eurostar check-in for passengers with Standard Class and Standard Premier tickets closes 30 mins before departure, whilst Business Premier passengers only need to check in 10 mins early. Recommended:  ‘Flygskam’: The Trend Of Scandinavian Shame Of Flying The environment  Air travel is now one of the fastest growing contributors to climate change. The aviation industry is said to contribute between 4 and 9% of the total climate change impact of humans. This means that choosing not to fly is a powerful pro-environmental action that helps you shrink your carbon footprint.  Eurostar commissioned independent research that assessed the CO2 per passenger produced by a London to Paris Eurostar journey compared to a London to Paris flight. The research looked at Eurostar passenger loadings and power consumption, and how Eurostar's electricity is generated. The research then compared these with aircraft loadings and fuel consumption. The staggering conclusion was that choosing the train over flying cuts CO2 emissions per passenger by 90%. Hydrogen powered train Trains v Planes: CO2 Emissions A good source for European train/plane/car emissions comparisons is  www.ecopassenger.org . Recommended:  Algae-Based Bioreactor Swallows CO2 Faster Than Trees! How? {youtube}                                                               Top 10 Fastest High Speed Trains in Europe                                                    Green Trains Or Flying High? Travel The Globe Sustainable The dining car There are no salt-laden, half frozen airplane meals here. In fact, some trains in Europe have top class regional and local cuisine on board. In the UK, GWR serves top quality food in their 'Pullman Dining Car'. Rail operators are increasingly trying to cater to various dietary needs as our 'Veganuary' research discovered.  Which country built the first train? Soon wagonways were also built in Britain. However, the first use of steam locomotives was in Britain. The invention of wrought iron rails, together with Richard Trevithick's pioneering steam locomotive meant that Britain had the first modern railways in the world. Recommended:  Vegan Food You Need To Develop Your Muscles: Protein Power Eat and drink from your own menu On the other hand, if you don’t feel like spending money buying food on board, you can bring your own along. Travellers are always allowed to take their own pre-packed food and drink on board trains across Europe, so pack a picnic (Pro tip: don't want to leave a pile of disposable plastic in your wake? Learn how in our top train travel hacks and packs). Get free stuff with your train tickets Loads of train tickets include hidden freebies and discounts in major towns and cities, so get clued up: 2-for-1 entry to hundreds of tourist attractions such as London Zoo, Madame Tussauds, The London Eye and many ore around the UK 2-for-1 tickets for the best museums in Paris, Brussels, Lille, Lyon and Marseille with your Eurostar ticket 25% discount for Venice museum pass for ticket holders for any of Italy's high-speed Frecce trains Which is the slowest train in the world? The Glacier Express is known as the slowest express train in the world. As St. Moritz and Zermatt are home to two well-known mountains, the Glacier Express is also said to travel from Matterhorn to Piz Bernina. See more, learn more  Train travel can be a truly romantic and fascinating way to travel. Travel through different places and gaze out your window upon varied landscapes and culture. Castles, vineyards, villages, the Alps, Rhine falls. There’s so much to see and trains traverse all of it. Stay connected  No flight-mode, reliable mobile phone coverage and almost all modern trains have plug-sockets at your seat. Many trains also now have wifi coverage so it’s easy to work, stay updated on social media and post live train selfies of your journey. Which country has no train? Currently, Kuwait has no railway, but several railway network projects are being planned. The country plans to construct a 1,200 mile Gulf Railway network which will run from Kuwait city to Oman. The tactical switch  If your neighbour is not your ideal travel companion, you have a better chance of switching to a different seat. When there’s unreserved seating on services that aren’t packed, you’ll often be able to move around as you please. There are also no seatbelt signs to keep you tied down. No turbulence  Avoid those nerve-jangling movements associated with flying by staying on track.  Recommended:  Electric Flying On All Short-Haul Flights By 2040 By Norway Travelling with children is easy Trains offer greater flexibility at each stage of the journey, making family train travel easier and less stressful than flying. Children can move around more freely than on a plane, and you’ll have the space to pack home comforts. Even better, many rail operators permit young children (up to four years old) to travel for free if they share a seat with an adult passenger. When you book with us, we’ll prompt you to enter the age of child passengers and automatically assign suitable tickets. Breaking up your journey can be a real bonus Heading to the south of Italy and fancy stopping over in Milan for lunch? Trains allow you to do exactly that. Stretch your legs on a walk around Paris or take in a museum in London, you can schedule convenient stopovers to make the most of your itinerary. Baggage isn't a bother Riding the rails also means that you’re freer to pack what you want, as luggage restrictions are more flexible than on planes. Trains are more pet and bike friendly  Indeed, it’s far easier to bring pets and bikes on trains than on planes, though you’ll need to check with your rail operator to be safe. Our help guides are a great place to start.  Recommended:  Urban Mobility: The 15 Friendliest Bike Cities In the World Is Hyperloop safe? Is hyperloop safe? Safety is our number-one priority and we're designing hyperloop to be inherently safer and more reliable than maglev or high-speed rail. We have no at-grade crossings (by far the leading risk posed by trains), so there are no interactions with other forms of transport or wildlife. Recommended:  London To Edinburgh In 45 Minutes With: The Virgin Hyperloop Trains are safer There's some debate over whether planes or trains are safer, and it all depends on how you measure it. If it's deaths per billion miles flown, then planes win, but planes fly a very long way. But if it's deaths per journey, then trains are nearly six times safer. Both forms of transport are, of course, very safe.        The Most Famous Trains in the World 20th Century Limited The United States had several famous trains during its long history of  railroad  transport, but none received more attention and popularity than the 20th Century Limited – an express passenger train that ran the route between New York City and Chicago from 1902 to 1967. Trans-Siberian Express Trans-Siberian Express – Built between 1891 to 1916 by order of the Russian Tsars Alexander III and his son Nicholas II, this largest railroad network in the world instantly became one of the most famous travel routes in the world. Connecting the main  railway  station in Moscow to the 9289km away city of Vladivostok The Trans-Siberian Express Skirts Lake Baikal Orient Express Orient Express is without the doubt one of the most famous trains of all time. The real reason for its popularity lies in its level of service and the popular stories that were centered around it (most famously by a detective novel “ Murder on the Orient Express ” written by  Agatha Christie ). The original route was maintained between 1883 and 1977, switching to the shorter trips between Paris and Vienna. Eventually, after its schedule covered shorter and shorter routes, the name Orient Express disappeared from the European train schedules on 14 December 2009. Flying Scotsman Flying Scotsman is the most famous train in Great Britain which connected the capitals of England and Scotland on a daily basis ever since 1862. This train line received many upgrades, with the latest modernization enabling it to finish its journey of 392 miles in just a 4 hours. Golden Arrow After the success of luxury train line, Orient Express, train and railway company Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits (CIWL) decided to expand their presence and offer similar high-end lines all across the Europe. One of their most successful attempts was Golden Arrow, a fast passenger train that operated between Victoria Station in London to the coastal town of Dover, where passengers could board the ferry that would carry them to the France and the train with the same name (La Flèche d’Or which translates to The Golden Arrow) on their way to Paris. The line remained active until 1971. Blue Train The art of luxury travel that was practiced by the CIWL company (who created and operated the lines of Orient Express and Golden Arrow) was perfected with Blue Train. Often promoted as “  magnificent moving five-star hotel. The Blue Train interior Bullet Train The increasing need for evolving public transport pushed Japan into creating Shinkansen, a network of train lines specifically created for high speed in 1964. The trains on that high-speed network gained nickname Bullet Trains, and in the following decades, both the trains and the railway network received numerous upgrades. Conventional rail trains can reach maximum operating speeds of 240-320km/h, while one line that uses maglev technology (Tokyo-Nagoya) can reach up to 603km/h. TGV The pride of France train network TGV (Train a Grande Vitesse, translated to “high-speed train”) was built in the 1970s as a solution for transporting people between major cities with speeds of up to 320km/h and sometimes average trip speeds of almost 280 km/h. The great success of the commercial use of TGV in 1981 caused large expansion of high-speed railway lines across the France. Neighboring countries such as Spain, Italy, and Germany quickly emulated France by building their high-speed network lines, but none of them managed to find the worldwide fame as TGV. Eurostar The difficulties of travel between England and France caused authorities to invest billions of euros into the construction of the 50.5-kilometer long underground tunnel under English Chanel and implementation of the famous high-speed Eurostar train line that connects London and Paris. Currently, the travel time of Eurostar between those cities is 2 hours and 15 minutes. The average speed of Eurostar is around 300 km/h, except during the passage through Channel Tunnel where the speed is reduced to 160 km/h for safety reasons. Ghan Ghan is the most famous train in Australia, connecting the southern and northern coasts of this large continent between cities Adelaide and Darwin. First opened in 1929, this train needs a bit over 54 hours to travel over 2900 kilometers across large Australian deserts (this includes 4 hour stop in Alice Springs, third-largest city of Northern Territory). On average it uses between 16 and 26 passenger carriages but on some occasions grew to the size of 1.2 km when it pulled 44 cars. The Ghan  Indian Pacific Indian Pacific – In addition to Ghan which connects Adelaide and Darwin from south to north coast of Australia, this large country also has a large train route that connects it from west to east. Indian Pacific train line runs between Sidney, on the Pacific Ocean, all the way to Perth, on the coast of Indian Ocean. The journey across the 3960 km of Australian desert lasts three days, which includes the travel across the longest stretch of perfectly straight railway track in the world (477 kilometers). Super Chief Super Chief – One of the most famous trains in the United States connected the Los Angles, California, and Chicago, Illinois. It did so in a spectacular manner, with the high-end service offering, premium lodging, and prices that attracted wealthier and business customers. Super Chief train started its operation in 1936 on the line that was 3584 km long, traveling initially twice per week and once per day starting 1948. It reached its popularity because it often transported famous clientele from Hollywood. Peruvian Central Railway Peruvian Central Railway train line gained fame across the world for being the highest altitude train line in the world. During the journey between La Oroya and Lima, that features 66 tuneless and 56 bridges, trains on this line climb all the way to the altitude of 3.9 kilometers. Because of this, Peruvian Central Railway trains have an onboard doctor that can help passengers who experience symptoms of altitude sickness. Peruvian Central Railway: La Oroya and Lima Maharajas’ Express Maharajas’ Express from India is regarded today as one of the most luxurious trains ever created. It offers truly state of the art facilities and amenities, and even “Presidential Suite” - a train car dedicated to one passenger. Because this it dedicates so much space to each user, it's maximum capacity is just 88 people. Other famous United States trains Other famous trains in the United States: The Hiawatha (Chicago to Minneapolis), California Limited (Chicago to L.A), California Zephyr (Chicago to Emeryville), Rock Island Rockets (early diesel powered trains), North Coast Limited, Orange Blossom Special, and The Royal Blue. Other famous trains from all around the world Other famous trains: Rovos Rail Pride of Africa, Golden Eagle Danube Express, Belmond Royal Scotsman, El Transcantábrico (Northern Spain), Eastern & Oriental Express (New Zealand), Belmond Grand Hibernian (Ireland), Deccan Odyssey (India), Shangri-La Express (China), Al-Andalus (Spain), Glacier Express (Switzerland and Italy), The Sweet Train (Japan), Kyushu Seven Stars (Japan). Green Trains Or Flying High? Some Trips In Europe It's easier than ever to take the train across Europe - and capital cities are by no means the only destinations available to those planning a city break by rail. The train journeys that are even faster than flying. At the dawn of a new decade, more travellers are looking for ways to reduce the carbon footprint of their adventures, but time and money are still the two major factors in deciding what to book. New research from  Omio, a travel transport booking app , has revealed 25 European routes that are actually faster by bus or train than flying. ‘The common perception that flying is always the fastest way to get from A to B doesn’t necessarily hold true once you consider the additional time required to get to the airport, queue at check-in or security and wait to board or retrieve baggage’, Bertrand Etienne, regional director at Omio, said. Here are a few of the journeys that are faster than flying. Green Trains: London to Brussels or Paris  Eurostar train services across the Channel to France, Belgium and beyond have running for 25 years, with a new expansion to Amsterdam. Not only will travellers save up to 32kg of carbon dioxide by taking the train, but the journey will be three hours faster than heading to the airport. Green Trains: Paris to Marseille Crossing nearly the entire length of France, the journey from Paris to the coastal city of Marseille is nearly two hours faster by train and saves a whopping 62kg of carbon dioxide. Green Train: Madrid to Andalucía  If you’re headed to the south after visiting Spain’s capital city, Seville and Málaga are actually faster to reach by train than flying by nearly an hour-and-a-half. The Alhambra in Grenada is in Andalucía Green Trains: Rome to Naples, Florence or Pisa by train Crisscrossing Italy can easily be done on the country’s Trenitalia network , and the capital’s quick links mean that at least an hour can be shaved off train travel time. Green Train: Stuttgart To Paris For this route, it’s faster to hop on a train between Germany and France by nearly an hour-and-a-half, and 47kg of CO2 is saved in the process. Green Train Or Flying High? A Trip In The United States New York To Washington For those wanting to travel between New York and Washington, the most common advice found online is to take the Acela Express, a train designed to travel at maximum 241km/h, getting there in three and a half hours. Now, the rail operator is preparing to launch the Avelia Liberty trainsets in 2021. The new fleet will consists of 28 next-generation, high-speed trains built by Alstom. Developers promise it will carry up to 33% more passengers than the current Acela trains, and will feature an improved design for enhanced safety. Green Train Or Flying High? Japan Tokyo To Osaka Airlines operating on the Tokyo–Osaka route face fierce competition from Japan’s oldest and most popular railway artery, the Tōkaidō Shinkansen . The corridor is a flurry of activity, connecting Japan’s three main economic and social areas: the Tokyo Metropolitan area, the Nagoya region and the Osaka region. Here, rail transport completely dominates the travel landscape. With a capacity of 445,000 passengers per day, the trains own 85% of the market share over airlines. So for every 30,000 seats occupied on planes, 350,000 are taken on trains each day, according to JR Central’s annual report. It’s little wonder – Japanese trains are world famous for their punctuality, safety records and high level of customer service. The Nozomi train , one of the three operating on the corridor, connects Tokyo to Osaka in just two hours and 30 minutes. While the flight takes a little over an hour, after factoring in the additional journey to and from the airport and the high price point for the air fare, it’s far easier and cheaper to take the Shinkansen. Green Train Or Flying High? China Beijing To Shanghai The high-speed line connecting two of China’s major economic zones was opened in 2011 in order to ease congestion from the 1,464km Beijing–Shanghai main railway line. At the moment the maximum speed is increased to 350km/h, in line with its initial design, and the announcement was made that China’s latest generation Fuxing bullet trains will operate on the corridor. The speed increase cuts the journey between Beijing and Shanghai to four hours and 28 minutes – just half an hour longer than flying there but wthout the inconvenience of being an hour in advance at the airport, the waiting and the trip from the airport to the city. Before you go! Recommended:  Sustainable Luxury: QO Is The Tesla Among Green Hotels Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about traveling by train? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
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