Narrow-gauge and offbeat railways

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Calling All Readers

Narrow-gauge and offbeat railways

Jack and Elizabeth Kaufman of Lake
Quivira, Kansas, wrote, “We would be interested in travelers’ suggestions for scenic or unusual railroad trips.

“We have ridden the well-known Darjeeling Himalayan Railway ‘toy train’ in India, a short but enjoyable trip. Another short trip is Norway’s Flåm Railway, pegged to tourists, with spectacular views of fjords. We also have taken the Cuzco-Puno railroad in Peru, passing over some of the highest railroad passes in the world.

“Traveling by rail on narrow-gauge tracks or offbeat routes can provide fascinating insights into rural communities, not to mention incredible vistas. Some tourist spots can only be reached in this way. Whether it’s a route used primarily by locals for daily transportation or something that all visitors do, we would like to hear about any offbeat train trip that offers a special experience of some type.”

Subscribers, regarding an offbeat rail experience outside of the US, in addition to describing the train and telling us where your trip took place and what was memorable about it, let us know approximately when (month/year) you were there and provide any contact info or instructions on finding the location. Email editor@intltravel news.com or write to Offbeat Railways, c/o ITN, 2116 28th St., Sacramento, CA 95818. Include the address at which you receive ITN. Do submit photos (with captions), if available. Responses will be printed in ITN.

Please login or subscribe to ITN to read the entire post.

Calling All Readers

Narrow-gauge and offbeat railways

Jack and Elizabeth Kaufman of Lake
Quivira, Kansas, wrote, “We would be interested in travelers’ suggestions for scenic or unusual railroad trips.

“We have ridden the well-known Darjeeling Himalayan Railway ‘toy train’ in India, a short but enjoyable trip. Another short trip is Norway’s Flåm Railway, pegged to tourists, with spectacular views of fjords. We also have taken the Cuzco-Puno railroad in Peru, passing over some of the highest railroad passes in the world.

“Traveling by rail on narrow-gauge tracks or offbeat routes can provide fascinating insights into rural communities, not to mention incredible vistas. Some tourist spots can only be reached in this way. Whether it’s a route used primarily by locals for daily transportation or something that all visitors do, we would like to hear about any offbeat train trip that offers a special experience of some type.”

Subscribers, regarding an offbeat rail experience outside of the US, in addition to describing the train and telling us where your trip took place and what was memorable about it, let us know approximately when (month/year) you were there and provide any contact info or instructions on finding the location. Email editor@intltravel news.com or write to Offbeat Railways, c/o ITN, 2116 28th St., Sacramento, CA 95818. Include the address at which you receive ITN. Do submit photos (with captions), if available. Responses will be printed in ITN.