The Times (£) – From Beijing to London in 48hrs? Now that’s a great rail journey

High-speed technology and investment is about to make railways competitive again. Bargain airlines may have made previously forgotten cities accessible but security and congested skies have added hours to the journey. Trains can offer greater comfort, more space and better sleeping quarters.

“Some 30,000 km (19,000 miles) of railway track is currently under construction or is being planned,” a spokesman for the International Union of Railways said.


The revolution is mainly about freight and acknowledging the trade interdependence between Asia and Europe. “We want to shift the increasing transfer of goods between China and Europe on to the railway tracks,” Hartmut Mehdorn, the former head of Deutsche Bahn, said. “Rail can transport goods better and around 12 days faster than by boat In a few years we can expect through-trains from Beijing to Berlin.”


The Times (£) – Palaces on wheels bring back bygone luxury to India’s railways

At the peak of their pomp India’s maharajahs lavished huge sums on their “palaces on wheels” — the private trains that they commissioned with every imaginable luxury. Now, a handful of entrepreneurs are joining the Indian Government to recreate the most extravagant age of railways.

The Deccan Odyssey is one of two new luxurious trains to have begun carrying tourists across India this year. Another three are planned. Pulling out of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai’s main railway station, recently, the Odyssey passed platforms crowded with clapping eunuchs and orange-robbed sadhus. …

The route, which meanders from Mumbai to Delhi over seven days, takes in archaeological wonders such as the rock temples of Ajanta and Ellora. The experience caters to trav


Okay that was mostly across Europe and Asia but Africa’s had some poor luck, Australia’s too far away, South America has too many jungles and North America is LAME.