Talyllyn Railway - The coal-fired, steam-operated Talyllyn Railway boasts of carriages and locomotives dating all the way back to 1865. The historic train, which is said to have been the inspiration for the “Thomas the Tank Engine” series by Reverend W.V. Awdry, is worked on by volunteers. It takes you on a 14.5-mile round-trip through lush valleys with scenic views in Wales.

Talyllyn Railway - The coal-fired, steam-operated Talyllyn Railway boasts of carriages and locomotives dating all the way back to 1865. The historic train, which is said to have been the inspiration for the “Thomas the Tank Engine” series by Reverend W.V. Awdry, is worked on by volunteers. It takes you on a 14.5-mile round-trip through lush valleys with scenic views in Wales.

If the name, Great Little Trains of Wales, doesn't charm you all on its own, then a 9 mph, 14.5-mile round-trip ride on the adorable narrow gauge, coal-fired Talyllyn Railway certainly will. Staffed by volunteers, the historic train (locomotives and carriages date to 1865) steams its way through the verdant Fathew Valley from Tywyn on a route originally used to carry slate from the area’s many mines.

If the name, Great Little Trains of Wales, doesn't charm you all on its own, then a 9 mph, 14.5-mile round-trip ride on the adorable narrow gauge, coal-fired Talyllyn Railway certainly will. Staffed by volunteers, the historic train (locomotives and carriages date to 1865) steams its way through the verdant Fathew Valley from Tywyn on a route originally used to carry slate from the area’s many mines.

Zig Zag Railway crossing the viaduct, near Clarence, New South Wales

Zig Zag Railway crossing the viaduct, near Clarence, New South Wales

Mountain railways of India The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, the Kalka-Shimla Railway, and the Kangra Valley Railway were all built during the British Raj and are still in operation today. Each line passes through the rugged foothills of the Himalayas, winding through beautiful terrain, and they were considered engineering marvels when first constructed. The trains that ply these routes are typically uncomfortable, painfully slow, and overcrowded, which adds to their authentic charm.

Mountain railways of India The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, the Kalka-Shimla Railway, and the Kangra Valley Railway were all built during the British Raj and are still in operation today. Each line passes through the rugged foothills of the Himalayas, winding through beautiful terrain, and they were considered engineering marvels when first constructed. The trains that ply these routes are typically uncomfortable, painfully slow, and overcrowded, which adds to their authentic charm.

Trestle bridge on the Taeri Gorge Railway- The Taieri Gorge Railway is a preserved railway running daily year-round tourist trains through spectacular scenery over part of the old Dunedin-Cromwell branch railway.  Leaving from the beautiful and much-photographed 1906 railway station in Dunedin's town centre, it travels a few kilometres south over the South Island Main Trunk Line before branching off inland through the scenic gorge that gives the line its name.

Trestle bridge on the Taeri Gorge Railway- The Taieri Gorge Railway is a preserved railway running daily year-round tourist trains through spectacular scenery over part of the old Dunedin-Cromwell branch railway. Leaving from the beautiful and much-photographed 1906 railway station in Dunedin's town centre, it travels a few kilometres south over the South Island Main Trunk Line before branching off inland through the scenic gorge that gives the line its name.

Always a great day out going on the Kuranda railway, stopping at Barron Falls on the way to Kuranda, then the markets.

Always a great day out going on the Kuranda railway, stopping at Barron Falls on the way to Kuranda, then the markets.

West Coast Wilderness Railway, Queenstown, Tasmania, Australia

West Coast Wilderness Railway, Queenstown, Tasmania, Australia

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