The World’s Most Famous Train

I tweeted about this a couple of weeks ago, but I’m still thinking about it. The TV show, ‘The World’s Most Famous Train’ was (in the UK) on Channel 4 at 8pm on Monday 30th November, and was a one off behind the scenes look at the historical Orient Express train that travels from London to Venice.

The trailer can be seen here:

I’d heard about the journey before but never had any real want to go on it as I didn’t know anything about it… Now it’s on my bucket list. It costs over £2000 for a 36 hour journey, so I doubt I’ll ever have the money to go, but a bucket list exists for a reason! Maybe one day, eh?

Did anyone else see the show? Or better yet, has anyone ever been on the train?

Just because I can’t go on that train just yet, doesn’t mean there aren’t other amazing train journeys I could potentially afford to go on. I’ve always had a little voice in the back of my head (potentially my mum’s actual voice) telling me about traveling by train through the Canadian Rockies.

There are a few ways to take this journey – the Rocky Mountaineer, which is a luxury train in the same vain as the Orient Express, and Via Rail, which is the cheaper option. And so, I’ve kind of got my sights set on traveling across Canada from Toronto to Vancouver with Via Rail.

I am a bit confused about how it all works though… I’ve never even been on a train in USA / Canada! There is a via rail option from Toronto to Vancouver that takes something like 3 nights, and you can either just have a seat, a bedroom or a sleeper, but I don’t think it stops at all…

I want to do the journey, but stop along the way for a night or so. Has anyone ever done this journey? If so, what’s the best way to do it? I’d love to stop by Banff/Lake Louise on the way, but I have no idea where else to go?

If anyone has any advice to offer it would be much appreciated! Has anyone ever done the journey?

Abi

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@travelteatv

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