chapter  5
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Train Tourism

The term ‘train tourism’ is used throughout this book to describe the fusion between travelling to a destination by rail and the train as the destination. The latter includes railway stations, some grand and reflecting times past, and others no more than a platform alongside the tracks in remote countryside. Railway architecture, features such as tunnels and gradients, systems of operation, as well as the near environs through which the train passes, are integral to the travel experience. There is no clear dividing line between the role of the train as a mover of people over spatial distances and as a provider of a tourist experience for those who perceive it as such. For some, the journey is the thing. For others, the train is at least a pleasant enabler, and at best, an integral part of a holiday which makes it distinctive or partially different from everyday life.