Here are contacts for selected trainsaround the world. Note that somenumbers are for U.S.-based agentsthat have booking contracts with thelines, but most trains can be reservedby any travel agent.
ASIA AND AUSTRALIAGREAT SOUTHERN RAILWAY // Operates Australia's Indian Pacific (an east-west transcontinental), theGhan (a north-south transcontinental) and the Overland, which travels between Melbourne and Adelaide.gsr.com.au; ATS Tours, 800-423-2880 or atstours.com; Rail Australia, 011-61-8-8213-4592 or www.railaustralia.com.au.
JAPAN RAIL // A variety of trains, including the famous high-speed Shinkansen. Japan Railways Group,212-332-8686 or japanrail.com.
QUEENSLAND RAIL // The Sunlander (including elevated Queenslander Class) and Outback services in Australia,traveltrain.com.au. ATS Tours, 800-423-2880; Rail Australia, 011-61-8-8213-4592 or www.railaustralia.com.au.
EUROPERAIL EUROPE // Source of all European (including British) rail passes, schedules and tickets. 888-382-7245 orraileurope.com.
NORTH AMERICAALASKA RAILROAD // The Denali Star between Fairbanks and Anchorage by way of Denali National Park and Preserve offers luxury GoldStar Service in full-length dome cars. 800-544-0552 and alaskarailroad.com.
AMTRAK // The national passenger rail network remains intact and forthe first time in years, there seemsreason to be cautiously optimisticabout its future. 800-872-7245 or amtrak.com.
VIA RAIL CANADA // Silver & Blueclass aboard the scenic transcontinentalCanadian between Vancouver,British Columbia and Toronto isone of the world's great train journeys.888-842-7245 or viarail.ca.
LUXURY/CRUISEBLUE TRAIN // Southern Africa'sclassic luxury train, 011-27-12-334-8459 or www.bluetrain.co.za; CreativeSafaris, 800-768-9020 or creativesafaris.com.
GRANDLUXE RAIL JOURNEYS //The train, formerly the AmericanOrient Express, this year will operateApril 29-October on three itineraries:National Parks of the West, the GreatNorthwest & Rockies and Rockies, Sierras& Napa. 800-320-4206 orgrandluxerail.com.
PALACE ON WHEELS // Elegant andluxurious train tour in India.877-463-4299 or palaceonwheels.net.
ROVOS RAIL // Luxury rail tours insouthern Africa with historiccoaches. For bookings, 011-27-12-315-8242 or www.rovos.com; for information,call Warren Green of Kartagener Associates, 800-524-7979.
ROYAL CANADIAN PACIFIC // Elegantexcursions in the CanadianWest aboard a train made up largelyof historic business cars once used byrailroad executives. 877-665-3044 orwww.royalcanadianpacific.com.
ROYAL SCOTSMAN // Ultra-posh railtours in Britain, part of the VeniceSimplon Orient Express operation.800-524-2420 or www.royalscotsman.com.
SIERRA MADRE EXPRESS // Traintours to Mexico's Copper Canyon.800-666-0346 or sierramadreexpress.com.
VENICE SIMPLON ORIENT EXPRESS // Besides its signature London-Paris-Venice, Italy, service,which also occasionally ranges to Istanbuland elsewhere, the company'strains include the Eastern & OrientalExpress through Thailand, Malaysiaand Singapore and PeruRail, whichfeatures the Hiram Bingham to MachuPicchu. 800-524-2420 or orient-express.com.
OTHER RESOURCESRAIL TRAVEL CENTER // Rail tours in North America and abroad.800-458-5394 or railtravelcenter.com.
SOCIETY OF INTERNATIONAL RAILWAY TRAVELERS // Rail toursworldwide, color newsletter.800-478-4881 or irtsociety.com.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RAILROAD PASSENGERS // Informativenewsletter and a chance to becounted as a ra i l supporter.202-408-8362 or narprail.org.
THOMAS COOK PUBLISHING // ItsEuropean Rail Timetable and OverseasTimetable (for the rest of theworld) are invaluable. www.thomascooktimetables.com.
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