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Luxury train to travel the length of New Zealand - unpacking just once
A luxury train carrying high-paying guests from Auckland to Queenstown over six days could be up and running within the next two years. The Antipodean Explorer venture is planning to buy 31 old carriages from Auckland Transport and refurbish them into "the world’s best moving hotel" for an (...)
MÁV-START seed transporting partner of the 17th FINA Word and Master Championship 2017
MÁV-START provides special offers and services to the thousands of participant and visitors who wish to witness the great swimming performances of FINA. The competitions and locations – the River Danube in Budapest and Lake Balaton at Balatonfüred – will provide unforgettable and life-long (...)
TopRail: promoting sustainable rail tourism
Can rail travel be re-visited as a means of sustainable tourism? The International Union of Railways has launched TopRail to raise awareness of cruise and heritage railways, and scenic train routes around the world. With a series of workshops underway as part of the UN’s International Year of (...)
JR-East launches the Shiki-Shima Luxury Train
The futuristic champagne-gold Train Suite Shiki-shima, operated by East Japan Railway, has five-star lounge, dining and observatory cars and features a menu devised by a Michelin-starred chef. The 10-car train accommodates just 34 passengers in 17 suites. The train embarked on its maiden (...)
SBB launches the Gotthard Panorama Express
The Gotthard Panorama Express will operate on Mondays to Fridays between July 3 and October 20 and also at weekends from April 14 to October 22. Combining a 2 h 45 min cruise on a steamship on the Vierwaldstättersee with a rail journey over the famous Gotthard pass, the service is intended to (...)
Voyages-sncf signs major partnership with Alitrip in China
The agreement demonstrates the enduring appeal of France and Europe for Chinese tourists and gives an opportunity to further promote the region as an excellent rail destination. “The agreement will help us expand our business in this key market, where we are aiming to sell one million train (...)
Royal Scotsman’s new Spa Car
Luxury spas are staples at most high-end hotels. But one hospitality brand’s newest spa announcement caught our attention for a very specific reason—it’s on wheels.
El proyecto Top Rail, de la UIC, estrena web
Top Rail es un grupo de de trabajo formado en el seno de la Unión Internacional de Ferrocarriles, UIC, que pretende dinamizar los trenes turísticos, especialmente los operados por las empresas integradas en ese organismo internacional. Tras varias reuniones de trabajo en los últimos meses, una de (...)
JR East Train Hokutosei to be Transformed into Train Hostel
In Tokyo, an old sleeper train "Hokutosei" will be revived in partnership with Tokyo Hostels. Come stay at a train themed hostel and experience a piece of history. This is a fun experience for train fans and tourists. East Japan Railway Company and JR East Urban Development Cooperation (...)
Vall de Nuria will open the 55% of the tracks by December the first
Snow has finally arrived at all Group FGC ski resorts. Vall de Nuria will open the 55% of the tracks and all the lifts. There is 40 cm of snow powder. The ski resort will also open the Parc Lúdic, the sledge tracks, Tubby and all the other services. Vall de Núria begins de season on Saturday 3rd (...)
London commuters stunned by Belmond British Pullman
Commuters in London were shocked and surprised on Monday morning when instead of trundling into the city on their regular service, they were picked up by the Belmond British Pullman and treated to a three-course breakfast, with bellinis. The Pullman service arrived at Ashford International (...)
TopRail workshop at the 13th UIC Sustainability Conference
This workshop is organized by the UIC Passenger Department TopRail project and the UIC Sustainable Development Unit. TopRail is a business-driven project that actively promotes world rail tourism by increasing the visibility of service offering, enabling close collaboration between stakeholders (...)

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TOPRAIL 3rd Workshop on Sustainable Tourism by Rail held in Paris
The third workshop on sustainable tourism by rail and TOPRAIL meeting was held at UIC Headquarters in Paris on 3 October. It was chaired by Mr Carles Casas (FGC), president of the group. The work session was opened by Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General. UIC was also represented by (...)
TopRail meeting held from 20 – 21 June 2017 in Barcelona
The TopRail (Tourist Opportunities for Railways), working group meeting took place on 20 and 21 June in Barcelona, kindly hosted by Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC). The meeting was chaired by Mr Carles Casas (FGC), president of the group. UIC was represented by Mr Ignacio (...)
The European Federation of Museum and Tourist Railways (FEDECRAIL), the World Association of Tourist Trams and Trains (WATTRAIN) and UIC sign an (...)
The European Federation of Museum and Tourist Railways (FEDECRAIL) and the World Association of Tourist Trams and Trains (Wattrain) represented by their President, Mr David Morgan, and UIC, represented by its Director General, Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (...)
Second Workshop on Sustainable Tourism by Rail held in Paris
The second workshop on sustainable tourism by rail and TopRail meeting was held at UIC Headquarters in Paris on 15 March. It was chaired by Mr Carles Casas (FGC), president of the group. UIC was represented by Mr Ignacio Barrón, Director of the Passenger and High Speed Department, Ms Vanessa (...)
TopRail: Tourism Potential of Railways Steering Committee meeting in Madrid
TopRail, the UIC working group focused on Tourism Potential of Railways, held its first meeting of 2017 in Madrid, hosted by the Spanish Railway Foundation. The meeting was attended by railway representatives from Europe (Austria, Hungary, UK, France, and Spain), as well as from South Korea, (...) New UIC website on Tourism by Rail
UIC is pleased to announce that the new TopRail website has been launched: The TopRail website seeks to raise the profile of tourism by rail all over the world. It was created with latest information directly provided by its railway companies and has the ambitious goal of (...)
TopRail: Workshop on Sustainable Tourism in the Railways held during the 13th UIC Sustainability Conference in October 2016 in Vienna
Tourism plays an increasingly important role in sustainable development which has been confirmed by the United Nations General Assembly by approving the adoption of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. TopRail project is moving forward with sustainable tourism (...)
13th UIC Sustainability Conference to be held in Vienna from 12 – 14 October 2016
The 13th UIC Sustainability Conference, jointly organised by the International Union of Railways (UIC) and Austrian Federal Railways ÖBB, will take place in exactly one week in Vienna at the famous Hofburg International Congress and Event Centre on 12, 13 & 14 October 2016. This programme will (...)
TopRail: Steering Committee held on 28 July 2016 at Paris UIC Headquarters
After the good result of the TopRail workshop held on 8 June at Paris UIC Headquarters, it was agreed to organise a steering committee to address the challenges of the project. Despite the difficulty of coordinating schedules, it was set as an objective to hold the meeting with those members (...)
TopRail: Tourism Potential of Railway Workshop held on 8 June 2016 in Paris
A TopRail workshop was held on 8 June at UIC headquarters. 30 participants from 13 different countries were present. Among the participants were railway representatives from Europe (Ireland Austria, Switzerland, Greece, Slovakia, Poland, France, Spain), China, Korea and Japan and also a (...)
TopRail: Tourism Potential of Railway Services – Meeting in Moscow on 25 March 2016
In the context of steadily growing international tourism, the purpose of TopRail is to reduce the lack of visibility of railway tourism products and to encourage collaboration between stakeholders (railway operators, associations, institutions, railway associations, customers…). The main (...)
2nd TOPRAIL Project Meeting held in Vall de Núria, Spain, on 21st and 22nd October, 2013
The 2nd TOPRAIL project meeting was hosted by Catalan Railways (FGC) at the invitation of the project Chairman Carles Casas Esplugas. Prior to the meeting, FGC provided a presentation of its two rack railways – the only ones in Spain: one to the Montserrat Monastery and the other one to a (...)
1st TOPRAIL Project Meeting held in Dublin on 7 May 2013
“Tourism Potential of Railway Services” (TOPRAIL) is the name of a new project of the UIC Passenger Forum. After the project was kicked off on 19 December 2012 in Madrid, it was now Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail which hosted the first project meeting in Dublin on 7 May 2013. In his opening address (...)