These vids got me into a lot of hot water. Wife Sarah could not understand how I could spend so much time watching vids of train journeys, So a warning to the wise these vids are looooooooooong. The original post does not tell you how long each is. The site has a lot of advertising “clutter” on it so I have taken it apart and added a bit of personal stuff. So here we go with number one.
The Bernina Railway
Switzerland’s Unesco listed Berninabahn (Bernina Railway) is one of the world’s most spectacular mountain railways. It contains some of the highest (over 7,000 feet) railway crossings in Europe and is one of the steepest railways in the world. This vid last TWO HOURS and takes you through the section between St.Moritz in Switzerland and Triano in Italy. The alpine mountains make a spectacular backdrop to this trip. I have actually made this journey and can attest that it is great. Note that this a narrow gauge railway.
Line 7, NYC Subway
I have ridden the NYC Subway but never this route. While the number 7 NYC subway express line might not be among the prettiest train journeys in the world, for real and wannabe New Yorkers, it remains a cultural experience. The route offers some iconic views of the New York City skyline in its above-ground sections. This virtual train journey takes you on the Manhattan-bound leg of the train line nicknamed the “international express” due to the number of ethnic neighborhoods it crosses. The unique front-facing view in the video also gives a pleasantly calm feel to a rush-hour commuter train journey. This vids takes 41 MINUTES.
The Nagaragawa Railway
Number 3. When you think of Japanese trains, the first thing that likely comes to mind is super-fast bullet trains that remain one of Japan’s cultural icons. However, Japan also possesses a vast network of rural railway lines that take its citizens and visitors nearly everywhere in the country. This journey takes you on the Nagaragawa Railway in Gifu Prefecture and winds through a snowy winter wonderland surrounded by high mountains. Grab some ramen or a bento box to complete the feeling of traveling through Japan in the middle of winter. I have never been to Japan so this was a revelation to me. Travel time is 43 MINUTES.
The Flåm Railway
The Flåm railway line is one of Norway’s most popular tourist attractions. Although only 20 kilometers long, it packs a massive amount of dreamy Norwegian mountain scenery into a short space of time. It’s also one of the steepest standard gauge railways in the world as it climbs up through remote mountain villages in Norway’s Vestland province. This vid takes you along the windy, steep, and breathtaking route from the train driver’s point of view. Alas, I have never been to Norway. This one lasts 40 MINUTES.
The Belgrade to Bar Railway
This is the fifth vid trip. The Belgrade to Bar railway, which takes travelers from Serbia’s capital city to the Adriatic coast in Montenegro. It is one of the world’s greatest feats of railway engineering. The line, which crosses the region’s mountainous terrain, has 254 tunnels and 234 bridges. This video journey takes you on the final section of the route from Bijelo Polje to Bar and brings you through high mountain ravines down a 3000 feet elevation change before stopping just short of the coast. This one lasts 3 HOURS 26 MINUTES. And yes, I have watched all of it.
VIA Rail Canada – Toronto to Vancouver
I have not taken this one in one foul swoop. When I lived and worked in Canada part of my job was to visit all of the major cities in Canada, Rather than sit in an Air Canada tobacco smoke filled cabin of an egg beater I would try to go from city to city by train. I did from Toronto to Winnipeg, Winnipeg to Calgary, Calgary to Vancouver or Edmonton to Vancouver.. Traveling from Toronto to Vancouver takes at least three days and four nights. If you fancy making the same journey in 16 Minutes, then this compressed account of an epic trans-Canadian railway journey is worth checking out. The comprehensive video showcases the highlights of a three-day railway journey from a passenger’s point of view. It includes shots of meals, sleeping arrangements, and some fantastic scenery.
Nothing like a trip by train when you are at home.
Thanks to VP Lonnioe Dickson for the heads up.