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Famous Trains: Asia and Australia

by Mike Rozett

Orient Express

1883
In 1883, the Orient Express began service from Paris to Istanbul, crossing six countries with the cooperation of ten different railroads. The train was famous for its five course French meals and for its passengers, who were often diplomats, royalty or government couriers.

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Japanese Bullet Train

Japan's renowned Bullet Train is the fastest in the world

Bullet Train

1964
The Japanese Shinkansen, or Bullet Train, runs at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour over special tracks with minimal curves. In 1997, a newer version of the Bullet Train became the fastest, scheduled train in the world, regularly reaching speeds of up to 186 miles per hour.



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Indian Pacific

1970
Connecting the east and west coasts of Australia, the Indian Pacific runs from Sydney to Perth in three days, over a distance of 2,461 miles. This route has the world's longest stretch of straight track, which lasts for 297 miles.


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