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The Telegraph releases list of great global rail journeys

Bangkok Singapore Eastern Oriental ExpressThe Telegraph last week released its 2018 edition of the planet’s top 60 train journeys. The table features 10 recommended journeys from the world’s six main geographical regions. These transport travellers to locations ranging from the Scottish lochs and the Alps of Switzerland to the Andes and southern Australia.

In Europe, the 60km-plus trip between Fort William and Mallaig in Scotland made the Top 10. The journey provides passengers with stunning vistas from the vantage point of Glenfinnan Viaduct. Another old favourite, the Glacier Express in Switzerland, links ski destinations extraordinaire St Moritz and Zermatt.

Heading south into Asia, the Reunification Express between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City sees passengers embark on a 36-hour odyssey of Vietnamese delights. Malaysia’s Jungle Train and the Bangkok to Singapore Eastern & Oriental Express made the grade for 2018 too.

Down under, the marathon 4,300km trip from Sydney to Perth offers access to some of Australia’s finest attractions. Rovos Rail’s custom built Pride of Africa rail trips whisk travellers across the southern part of the continent in the lap of luxury while taking in hallowed locations like Cape Town, Victoria Falls, Madikwe Game Reserve and Dar es Salaam.

The other side of the Atlantic is not lacking either with the Machu Picchu Train to the Inca ruins of Peru and the swish Belmond Andean Explorer making the grade. Those who love train travel will find the trans-American New York to San Francisco journey is heaven on wheels while the Grand Alaska Railroad is a good second choice.

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