It has the mysterious Russians, the cocktails, and the requirement to dress for dinner: the only thing missing from this luxury rail trip is Agatha Christie - and a body.
China's bullet trains can go 1300 km from Beijing to Shanghai in less than five hours.
An overnight train trip to Brisbane is reminiscent of a business class flight.
As is often the way in Seoul, the new has trumped the old.
Journalist Monisha Rajesh and her fiance Jeremy circumnavigated the globe in 80 train journeys, covering more than 72,000 kilometres along the world's most remarkable railways.
Alpine trains are sublime but going public in Switzerland can be just as scenic.
First-time visitors to Tokyo keen to see the hotspots will find the Yamanote rail line, which loops around the city, covers all bases.
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.