One of the greatest feelings in travel is the one you get from doing it the fancy way for the first time.
Some railway lines are so steep they require rack rails - toothed racks that the rails lock into using a cog or pinion.
Unforgettable rail trips are on the itinerary with Lonely Planet's new book Amazing Train Journeys. Here is an edited excerpt compiled by Julietta Jameson.
Australia is about to get its third epic, luxury, multi-day rail adventure.
More than 50km long and 240 metres below sea level, the Hokkaido Shinkansen is Japan's latest engineering marvel.
There are traces of Dracula, Captain Cook and Harry Potter on a steam train ride to the sea.
Travel in style on one of these 10 posh train journeys.
A new sleeper train from Victoria Falls into Hwange National Park offers the most fun on two rails.
Forget SBS's three hour-long TV special, this is what this three-day journey is really like.
These transport marvels aren't just functional, they're fabulous.
A train can stir your wanderlust like a plane will rarely do.
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