11 - International Favorites
Here I pay tribute to a very few of the
fine rail passenger services to be found outside of North America.
Instead of the Official Guide, my primary reference here is Cook's
Continental Timetable (and its successors, Cook's European Timetable
and Cook's Overseas Timetable). Many thanks to Thomas Cook,
Ltd., for giving me permission to reproduce their timetable
(Europe and Others)
The Indian Pacific
Australian transcontinental flagship, connecting Sydney on the Pacific
coast with Perth on the Indian Ocean coast by way of Adelaide, in South
Pacific - May, 1988
between the Norwegian port city of Narvik (well north of the Arctic
Circle) and Malmö, on the southern coast of Sweden. Operated by the
Swedish state railways.
Arrow (Lapplandspilen) - December, 1975
The Orient Express
The most famous named train in the world connected Paris with Istanbul
by way of Munich, Vienna, and Budapest.
Express/Ostend-Vienna-Orient Express - August 1939
Express - Summer 2009
The Ost-West Express
The USSR sponsored this train which linked Western Europe (London,
Paris) with Berlin, Warsaw and Moscow in the East.
Express - May, 1971
Trans-Europe Express service from Amsterdam and Hook of Holland to
Geneva, with connecting service to Milan and Munich.
- February, 1968
The Simplon-Orient ExpressThis member of the Orient Express
franchise connected Paris, Athens, and Istanbul by way of the southern
route through Switzerland and Italy, with a section for Naples and Rome.
Simplon-Orient Express - October, 1960
The Tokaido & Sanyo Shinkansen
The original "bullet trains", providing very frequent and very fast
service between Tokyo, Osaka, and Hakata.
Tokaido & Sanyo
Shinkansen - December, 1995
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