Turkey’s East­ern Ex­press puts Ro­mance Back on Tracks

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Emre pro­posed to his girl­friend in a can­dlelit wagon on the East­ern Ex­press, a 1,000 kilo­me­tre (km) train ride across east­ern Turkey. Un­til a few years ago tak­ing the 24-hour train ride would have been con­sid­ered mad­ness, de­spite the ridicu­lously cheap price of 45 lira ($11).

Nowa­days tick­ets for the train run out a day af­ter they go on sale, even though the num­ber of cars has more than dou­bled.

It passes through farm­land, hills and woods, cross­ing rivers and pass­ing through long dark tun­nels carved through moun­tains.

The East­ern Ex­press fea­tures seated and sleep­ing coaches with toi­lets, a mini re­frig­er­a­tor and a ta­ble.

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