Seven virtual train journeys you can take from home [photos]
If you are longing for travelling via train while in lockdown, here are stunning virtual train rides you can take from the comfort of your own home:
Seven of the most scenic virtual train rides
The Bernina railway – Switzerland, Southern Europe
Take a look at one of Switzerland’s most beautiful and unique railways, the Unesco heritage-listed Berninabahn. The Bernina railway sets a few records, including being the highest railway alpine crossing in Europe. The Bernina Express takes passengers through the Swiss Alps with picturesque views of green valleys and snowy mountains. Many consider this to be the most spectacular way to cross the Alps.
Colorado Royal Gorge Route and Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Colorado, North America
The ‘Royal Gorge Route’ train carries tourists through one of Colorado’s most amazing natural features, the Grand Canyon of the Arkansas River, known as the ‘Royal Gorge’. In places the canyon is only thirty feet wide, requiring the railway to be suspended above the river on an engineering masterpiece known as the ‘hanging bridge’.
Ferrocarril Central Andino, Peru, South America
According to Point Me To The Plane, the Ferrocarril Central Andino links the Pacific port of Callao and the capital city of Lima with Huancayo and Cerro de Pasco. As one of the Trans-Andean Railways, it is the second highest in the world and was constructed in 1871-1876.
It is considered one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century. This railway carries passengers on a 335-kilometer journey through 66 tunnels, over 59 bridges and 22 zigzags between Lima and Huancayo in the central Andes.
Belgrade–Bar Railway, Serbia, Southeast Europe
This train travels between the Serbian capital and Montenegro in the Balkans. It’s a long, scenic route that passes through 254 tunnels and over 435 bridges.
Geibi Line to Fukuen Line, Japan, East Asia
If you want to see some Japanese countryside as you travel virtually from Hiroshima Station to Fuchū Station on the Geibi Line turned Fukuen Line, you’ll enjoy it. The route passes through the mountains of the Chūgoku region as well as the more suburban areas along the route.
The Jacobite Steam Train, Scotland, United Kingdom
Otherwise known as the “Harry Potter” train, The Jacobite Steam train runs from Fort William to Mallaig and is one of Britain’s best-loved scenic railways.
This train passes through several landmarks, including the country’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, and Europe’s deepest seawater loch, Loch Ness – the so-called home of Nessie, or the Loch Ness monster. The major mouth moment, however, comes courtesy of the stunning 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct, famous the world over for its starring role in the “Harry Potter” films. The Jacobite is also the only steam timetabled train service on the national network, so it’s pretty special.
The Kandy to Ella Train, Sri Lanka, South Asia
Sri Lanka’s train ride from Kandy to Ella is said to be one of the most iconic images of this bite-sized Utopia in the Indian Ocean. Starting in Kandy, Sri Lanka, the service snakes its way through the lush Sri-Lankan bush before it terminates in the eerily beautiful mountains of Ella, hub of the island nation’s tea country.