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You give us your top rail jour­neys, in­clud­ing trundling through Bor­neo, rolling through the In­can land­scapes of Peru and go­ing from city to rain­for­est in Australia

From rid­ing a steam train through Bor­neo to rolling through the wilds of the Scot­tish High­lands, here are your top jaunts on rails…

White Pass & Yukon Route Sk­ag­way, Alaska (USA), to White­horse, Yukon (Canada)

“This rail­way was built in 1898 dur­ing the Klondike gold rush and climbs about 900m in just 20 min­utes through tun­nels, over sky-high tres­tles and past cas­cad­ing ’falls. It’s a marvel of en­gi­neer­ing in spite of the dif­fi­cult con­di­tions, and has been beau­ti­fully re­stored. It re­ally lives up to its moniker of ‘The Scenic Rail­way of the World’.” An­gela Bra­son

Ku­randa Scenic Rail­way Cairns to Ku­randa, Australia

“The Cairns to Ku­randa rail­way trans­ports you from the city to the rain­for­est, pass­ing trop­i­cal land­scapes and some spec­tac­u­lar wa­ter­falls, as you fin­ish in the jun­gle-set vil­lage of Ku­randa. Truly awe­some.” Robin Atkin­son

The Cale­do­nian Sleeper London to In­ver­ness, UK

“The mo­ment the train ar­rives at Dal­whin­nie on a cold au­tum­nal morn­ing and you spy the dis­tillery op­po­site the sta­tion in the twi­light, you know the only place in the world you can be is Scot­land!” Mark Tin­klin

North Bor­neo Rail­way Bor­neo, Malaysia

“This log-burning steam train across Bor­neo’s north­ern reaches was a bril­liant ex­pe­ri­ence, and it fin­ished with a lo­cal gen­tle­man shin­ning up a co­conut tree to give us all a de­li­cious co­conut-milk drink.” Al­lan Dixon

Venice Sim­plon-ori­en­tEx­press London to Venice, Europe

“It has been my only long-dis­tance train jour­ney to date, but the ex­pe­ri­ence was one in a mil­lion. I thor­oughly en­joyed the food, the decor and the sights along the way – so much so that I didn’t want to leave when we fi­nally pulled into the sta­tion at Venice.” Maria Ahmed

Tran­zalpine Christchurch to Grey­mouth, New Zealand

“There’s spec­tac­u­lar scenery, es­pe­cially when the snow is on the moun­tains! The open car­riage means you can take photos, soak up the scenery and get some fresh air. But it can get chilly, so a coat is ad­vised.” Alex Forbes

Marud­har Ex­press Jodh­pur to Varanasi, In­dia

“I trav­elled [part of the route] between Jaipur and Varanasi. You get to know the peo­ple on board and there’s great scenery and wildlife as you stare at the land go­ing by. The open train doors also give it an ad­ven­tur­ous ap­peal.” Jamie Springall

Red Ar­row St Peters­burg to Moscow, Rus­sia

“The Red Ar­row route between Rus­sia’s big east­ern hubs is my pick, with its first-class sleep­ing com­part­ments. It’s also fan­tas­tic in win­ter when ev­ery­where is cov­ered in snow.” Anne Con­roy

The Devil’s Nose Alausi to Sibambe, Ecuador

“Many years ago in Ecuador, I trav­elled on the top of the train from Alausi down the Devil’s Nose moun­tain. The route has to switch back twice on it­self in or­der to de­scend the near-im­pass­able hill­side and we were met by lo­cal bands in the lit­tle vil­lages we passed!” Janet Hud­son

Peru­rail Tit­i­caca Cusco to Puno, Peru

“The most thrilling, visu­ally stimulating and funky train jour­ney I’ve ever ex­pe­ri­enced was from Cusco to Lake Tit­i­caca in Peru. The ex­tra­or­di­nary land­scape, small towns and vil­lages, and the glo­ri­ously colour­ful lo­cal res­i­dents gave us a great in­sight into ev­ery­day life. One of the ab­so­lute high­lights was be­ing served lunch. The wait­ers lifted the sil­ver cloches in a sur­real chore­ographed mo­ment. Sip­ping wine and watch­ing the world go past made the ten-hour jour­ney flash by. The whole ex­pe­ri­ence was mag­i­cal.” Ann Frith

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