From the Ghan to the Trans-Siberian, the world's greatest rail routes were huge undertakings, writes Michael Kerr

We all love a good train journey, especially when it involves passing through dramatic scenery affording striking views of mountains, lakes, shimmering oceans, or deserts. Here are the stories behind some of the world's greatest railroads. May they enhance the journeys ahead.

THE GHAN, AUSTRALIA

The Ghan heading north Alice Springs at sunset with the MacDonnell Ranges in background. Photo: Supplied
The Ghan heading north Alice Springs at sunset with the MacDonnell Ranges in background. Photo: Supplied

Australia's famed south-to-north line starts in from Adelaide, goes through the deserts of the Red Centre and the tropics of the Top End, to Darwin. The first Ghan train ran on Sunday, August 4, 1929 - but it

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