The World's 5 Fastest Trains You Can Ride Right Now
The applications for rail stimulus are in and now the states that applied are waiting on the Federal Railroad Administration's picks for approved projects.
We look at the world's five fastest trains—inspirations for the future of high speed in the U.S.
Congress set aside $8 billion for high-speed rail as part of the $787 billion stimulus bill, but the money hasn't been spent yet—or even allocated.
Today, U.S. transportation secretary Ray LaHood said that recipients of the funds will be announced in January.
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Brazil's 'railway to nowhere'
The Wider Image: Brazil's 'railway to nowhere'
The rusting tracks of Brazil's Transnordestina railway peter out and give way to a dirt trail in a remote corner of the country's arid northeast, far from the ports or farms it was meant to serve.
Pictured: Raimundo da Silva stands nearby as his sons Daniel da Silva, Ariana da Silva and Raniel da Silva play on top of a train wagon near the city of Salgueiro, Pernambuco state, northeastern Brazil, October 26, 2016.
30 train rides to take once in your life
There’s something magical about traveling by train. It’s not often that we get the chance to relax comfortably while admiring the landscapes passing by our window. Here’s a selection of the world’s loveliest train rides.
Patagonia via the Viejo Expreso Patagónico
The Viejo Expreso Patagónico, better known as La Trochita, is a picturesque and touristic railway line that still runs along the foot of the Andes, in the Patagonia region of Argentina. The trip is no more than 12 miles, between Esquel and Nahuel Pan.
Mexico on the El Chepe
The El Chepe train departs from the Chihuahua Mountains and goes as far as the Sinaloa coast, in Mexico, crossing the world’s deepest canyon: Copper Canyon. The journey lasts 14 hours, but you can make stops in traditional villages along the way.
The Andes Mountains via the Train to the Clouds
The Train to the Clouds (Tren a las nubes, in Spanish) gets its name from the 13,000 feet of altitude it travels at. You’ll basically be in the clouds! The train runs from Salta, in the north of Argentina, to San Antonio de los Cobres through the Andes Mountains. It’s a spectacular trip!
The Silk Road via the Registan
The Registan travels through three countries reminiscent of the former Silk Route: Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. The journey back in time allows you to discover the East’s treasures and historic sites: from Tashkent to Merv and Nisa.
The Canadian West Coast via the White Pass & Yukon Route
Built at the end of the 19th century, during the gold rush, the White Pass & Yukon Route became quite a legendary train due to its spectacular panoramas. The 110-mile line connects the cities of Skagway, Alaska, and Whitehorse, Yukon.See the photo
The Rockies via the Rocky Mountaineer
If there’s one trip you should add to your list, it’s the Rocky Mountaineer. It weaves through the Canadian Rockies, between Vancouver, Banff, Jasper, and Calgary. It’s the unforgettable, luxurious trip of your dreams. You might even spot a bear from your seat!
India via the Maharajas’ Express
A true showcase of the most refined Indian art, the Maharajas’ Express is the most expensive train in India. The luxury includes chic furniture in its restaurants as well as a variety of services: Wi-Fi, porters, and transportation customized at every step.
Machu Picchu via Peru Rail
You don’t necessarily need to spend wild amounts of money to get to Machu Picchu by train. If the Hiram Bingham is only in your dreams, the journey on the Vistadome by Peru Rail is also a magnificent experience to be lived once in your life.
Europe via the transnational Majestic Imperator
The transnational Majestic Imperator takes you on a luxury rail cruise through the most romantic cities in Europe. Stops in Vienna, Salzburg, Budapest, Prague, and Venice are all a part of the trip on this superb train.
From Moscow to China via the Trans-Siberian
A six-day trip on the Trans-Siberian offers an impressive variety of landscapes: from Russian forests to Siberian deserts, to the steppes of Mongolia and finally, the remarkable Great Wall of China.
From Montreal to Halifax via the Ocean
VIA Rail’s Ocean travels from Montreal, Quebec, to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada along the Saint Lawrence River and through New Brunswick. The 835-mile journey through the province of Quebec and the Maritime Provinces offers a ton of beautiful landscapes.