Rail travel

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A British InterCity 125, the world's fastest diesel train, races through the English countryside.

Rail travel includes everything from heritage steam trains to high-speed bullet trains, from sightseeing or dinner trains to the convenience of speed as a means of modern transport. For the traveller, available information about the range of services can vary greatly.

Some examples of the variations are:

  • Luxury rail travel
  • Commuting rail travel - as cheap and as efficient as air or other land transport
  • Long distance rail travel
  • Rail enthusiast - interested to see the railway stations, the locomotives, rolling stock and related parts - the person can be called a railway enthusiast or trainspotter.

Train travel in some countries can be the most suitable means of access to regions with otherwise limited transport options. In Russia, the Trans-Siberian Railway was the only coast-to-coast land transport until a Trans-Siberian Highway opened in the early 21st century; in Canada, the country was unified by rail until the Trans-Canada Highway was completed in 1961.

In many countries, rail travel is the basic means of transport. Travellers who must travel by rail often encounter timetables and information being available in local languages only, poorly translated information or hard to understand ticketing requirements.





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