What Are Some of the Most Scenic Train Rides in the World?


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Some of the most scenic train rides in the world are the Glacier Express from Zermatt to St. Moritz in Switzerland and the Cass Scenic Railway in West Virginia. Additional scenic train rides are the Arlbergline train line in Austria, the Bergen railway in Norway and the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad in Colorado.

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The Glacier Express travels through the Swiss Alps with valleys, providing a unique contrast in scenery. On its journey, the Glacier Express travels through 91 tunnels. The total trip takes seven hours, and the railroad crosses 291 bridges during the journey. In addition, in West Virginia, the Cass Scenic Railway takes travelers on a steam locomotive through West Virginia's scenic lumber country.

The Arlbergline train travels from Innsbruck and Bludenz in Austria, and the train line includes a view of the Austrian Alps. Additional viaducts and bridges provide additional scenery on the famed route through Austria. Similarly, the Bergen railway travels from Bergen to Oslo, Norway, and the route gives passengers a view of the Norwegian countryside. A journey on the Bergen includes views of fjords, frozen lakes, waterfalls and mountains that line the Norwegian landscape.

In Colorado, the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad includes views of mountains. The train climbs slightly less than 3,000 feet during its 3.5 hour journey. Rails on this train line are just 3 feet apart. The train features vintage steam engines to carry passengers along tracks first constructed to carry gold and silver ore.

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