The Glacier Express features cutting-edge versions of old technology to pull the train up the steepest slopes on its route across the Swiss Alps.
Japan's Tokaido Shinkansen, known as the bullet train, operates on a dedicated railway line at up to 285 km/h.
The iconic Canadian travels between Vancouver and Toronto; passengers travel in vintage streamliner cars built in the 1950s.
The White Pass and Yukon route was built in 1869 to take miners and supplies to the Klondike gold fields, and was the world's first containerized freight railway.
The highly-specialized North Rail Express container train travels from Narvik in the Norwegian Arctic Circle to Oslo, delivering cargo of fish as quickly as possible.
The Ghan takes passengers on a three-day, two-night journey through Australia, from Adelaide in the south to Darwin in the north; the Pichi Pichi Railway offers passengers a trip on an original steam locomotive train.
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