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7 Scenic Winter Train Rides

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Winter weather might be difficult to fly in, drive in, and even walk in, but you can’t let anything stop you from traveling, right?! Trains can be a fun and more reliable way to take in some sites when it’s too cold, icy or snowy to go it on your own. Usually trains are more spacious and comfortable than buses or planes, have bigger windows, and not to mention dining cars. So sit back, relax and check out these winter wonderlands you could be riding through on your next trip.

Black Forest Railway

A 150 km long route through the mountains and Black Forest of Germany, connecting Offenburg with Singen. It was built in 1863 and is the most important railway, and only two-track railway, running through the Black Forest.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Photo via deviant art 

Bergen Railway

Stretches across Norway for a  total of 496 km between Bergen and Oslo. It’s the highest mainline railway line in Northern Europe, reaching 1,237 metres above sea level when it passes over the Hardangervidda Plateau.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Photo via IRT Society 

Algoma Central Railway

Operates between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst in Canada and is most well known for it’s Agawa Canyon tour, which sadly is not running in 2014, but you can still hop on the passenger non tour train and have a nice look at the scenery yourself. You can also arrange to ride snow mobiles on portions of its route at certain times.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Photo via Orlando Sentinel 

The Bernina Express

Travels 1,000 mm from Chur, Switzerland to Tirano, Italy, through the Bernina pass, crossing 196 bridges and going through 55 tunnels. The route was made a World Heritage Site in 2008.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Photo via travelweekly

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Located in Colorado this train is owned by American Heritage Railways and still uses 1923-25 vintage locomotives which are operated 100% by coal fire and steam. Here you have the option to ride ‘The Polar Express’ in December and January to meet Santa on the train.

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Amtrak’s Adirondack route

Travels from New York City, to Albany, and then up to Montreal, passing a sometimes frozen Lake Champlain on the way.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Photo via Vincent Mounier 

The Alaska Railroad

Connects Seward and Whittier with Eielson Air Force Base and Fort Wainwright, including stops in Denali National Park. Covering a total of 800 km, all systems carry both passengers and freights.

Alaska

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Photo via Alaska-in-pictures 

Where would you like to take a scenic train ride?


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