Last week senior researcher Meg Weaver interviewed Mark Ovenden about his new book, Railway Maps of the World, and he told us about his favorite rail journey, a jaunt on the Isle of Wight steam railway with his nieces and nephews.
We then turned it over to you to tell us what your favorite rail route is and why. Over 30 of our readers left thoughtful comments on our blog about rail journeys that crisscross the globe. Still, we could only choose one winner to receive a copy of the book.
Congratulations to Archibald C. from Minneapolis who had this to say about his favorite rail journey:
My favorite rail route is the “milk run” trains that operate in the Cinque Terra. The route snakes along the cliff sides, and weaves in and out of tunnels, offering incredible views of the gorgeous Mediterranean sea. I made this trip after having taken the train from Genoa (a decidedly less picturesque location) and vividly remember my first glimpse as the train pulled out of a long tunnel and suddenly burst out into the sunlight and pristine landscape including verdant hills and sparkling blue waters. The trains were an absolute joy to take, and made hiking the trail between the five towns very manageable.
Photo: Cover, Viking; Vintage locomotive by Stephen Johnson/My Shot