December 16th, 2010

Settle Carlisle railway named 2nd in ABC’s ‘World’s 10 Greatest Train Journeys’

The Settle Carlilsle railway line was voted second in ABC’s “World’s 10 Greatest Train Journeys”. South Africa’s Blue Train that travels from Cape Town to the inland capital, Pretoria was voted as the best train journey.

Here is what ABC wrote about the Settle to Carlisle railway:
“This 72-mile journey takes you through some of England’s most scenic countryside, among hills and villages, over arches and through tunnels. From the Yorkshire Dales, with its lush green hills, distinctive limestone cliffs and grazing sheep, through the lakes and streams of Cumbrian Falls and over the impressive 24 arches of the Ribblehead Viaduct, the Settle-Carlisle Railway is equally famous for its scenery, and the Victorian architecture along the route. The journey ends at the city of Carlisle, along the Scottish border. Hop off and explore, or turn around and head back through the countryside. Either way, your eyes will find plenty to feast on. “

The full top 10 was:

  1. The Blue Train: South Africa
  2. The Settle-Carlisle Railway: England
  3. Trans-Siberian Railroad: Russia
  4. Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Europe
  5. The Rocky Mountaineer: Canada
  6. Eastern & Oriental Express: Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand
  7. Hejaz Jordan Railway: Syria and Jordan
  8. Palace on Wheels: India
  9. Glacier Express: Switzerland
  10. Mombasa to Nairobi: Kenya

Full article is here

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