Click-clack. Click-clack. There's such a deep sense of romance to that repetitive sound, to that meditative vibration of wheels on tracks. To travellers that sound means adventure. It means excitement. It means a world racing past your window and another one existing there inside them.
It means you're travelling by train. Surely there's no better way to see the world than via this classic mode of transport, whether you're clinging to an old Indian rattler or strapped to a supersonic Japanese bullet, whether you're climbing through mountains in Switzerland or sailing over arid plains in Australia.
There's something to train travel that nothing else can compare to. It's fast and yet still enjoyably slow. It's social and yet private. It's old and yet ultra-modern.
And it's so much fun.
On this episode of Flight of Fancy, the Traveller.com.au podcast, I'm joined by fellow train nerds Ute Junker and Anthony Dennis to talk about train travel: what's so great about it, and why people become so obsessed. The trio will take you on some of the world's most memorable train journeys and tell you how to make them happen. They will also look at a few of the possible downsides of life on rails.
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Flight of Fancy is hosted by Ben Groundwater and produced by Annie Dang. This episode was recorded by Shannon Browning and mixed by Lap Phan.