Ten Famous Trains

The Orient Express, 20th Century Limited, and more...

by Mike Rozett
The 20th Century
The Americas

Peruvian Central Railway

1895
Peru's zigzagging train is the highest in the world

The 20th Century Limited

1902
America's famous luxury train from New York to Chicago...

Super Chief

1936
...and from Chicago to LA, the trains carrying Hollywood hopefuls

The French TGV
Europe and Africa

Trans-Siberian Express

1898
At 5,778 miles, the longest regular train trip in the world

Flying Scotsman

1928
The famous UK train featuring a hair salon and a cinema

Blue Train

1939
From Cape Town to Pretoria, South Africa's luxurious trains

TGV

1983
France's record-breaking electric train

Japan's Bullet Train
Asia and Australia

Orient Express

1883
From Paris to Istanbul and six countries in between

Bullet Train

1964
Japan's streamlined train speeds more than 100 miles per hour

Indian Pacific

1970
From Sydney to Perth, the world's longest stretch of straight track


RELATED LINKS

Principal Means of Transportation to Work

Railroad Ridership, 1988–2002

Almanac:
Transportation


Two Centuries of Railroading

Worst Railroad Disaster

Subways

Library of Congress:
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