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Experience the world by train alongside best-selling travel writer Tom Chesshyre, as he takes a whistle-stop tour around the globe in 49 unique journeys

Why do people love trains so much?

Tom Chesshyre is on a mission to find the answer by experiencing the world through train travel – on both epic and everyday rail routes, aboard every type of ride, from steam locomotives to bullet trains, meeting a cast of memorable characters who share a passion for train travel.

Join him on the rails and off the beaten track as he embarks on an exhilarating whistle-stop tour around the globe, on journeys on celebrated trains and railways including:

– India’s famed toy train
– Sri Lanka’s Reunification Express
– The Indian Pacific across the Australian outback
– The Shanghai maglev
– And the picturesque rail journeys of the Scottish Highlands
Plus trains through Kosovo, North Macedonia, Turkey, Iran, Finland, Russia, America and France, with short interludes in North Korea, Italy, Poland, Peru, Switzerland, England and Lithuania. All aboard!


Tom's ticket certainly scores all the best rides: fast rides and slow ones, short trips and long ones. But most important are the names: why would any trainspotter (let alone a gricer) pass up the Reunification Express or, even better the Orient Express, for a mere airplane?
Tony Wheeler
Like mini-odysseys, Chesshyre's railway journeys are by turns gentle and awesome, and full of surprises
John Gimlette
Trains, dry wit, more trains, evocative descriptions, more trains, fascinating people and more trains - what is there not to like?
Christian Wolmar
Wanderlust Magazine
This is an engaging, enjoyable and warm-hearted book that will appeal as much to general readers as to lovers of trains... Recommended.
Simon Bradley, author of The Railways
Amusing and insightful book
E&T Magazine
Evocative mix of thrill rides and gentle journeys worldwide. Even if locomotives and rolling stock leave you cold, you'll enjoy the author's trademark dry humour.
World of Cruising Magazine
Funny and illuminating from Crewe to Korea, Ticket to Ride is a hugely entertaining account of the author's travels on the rails the world over - chance encounters fly like sparks
Sara Wheeler