The Great Railway Bazaar

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First edition (publ. Houghton Mifflin)

The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asia is a 1975 travelogue written by the American novelist Paul Theroux. It recounts Theroux's four-month journey across Asia by train, travelling through Europe, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, before finally returning via the Trans-Siberian Railway. Many people consider this a classic in the genre of travel writing.[1][2] The first part of the route, to India, follows the hippie trail.

In 2006, he retraced the tracks of the original journey, finding people and places had changed, that he was famous for his earlier work but not recognised in person. He wrote an account of this journey, Ghost Train to the Eastern Star.

Chapters[edit]

  1. "The 15:30 - London to Paris" - Victoria to Gare de Lyon via Gare du Nord
  2. "The Direct-Orient Express" - to Istanbul via Venice and Belgrade
  3. "The Van Gölü ('Lake Van') Express" - from Haydarpaşa to Lake Van via Kayseri
  4. "The Tehran Express" - from Van to Tehran
  5. "The Night Mail to Meshed" - and onward to Kabul via bus and plane
  6. "The Khyber Pass Local" - to Peshawar
  7. "The Khyber Mail to Lahore Junction" - including visit to Shalimar Gardens
  8. "The Frontier Mail" - from Amritsar to Delhi
  9. "The Kalka Mail for Simla"
  10. "The Rajdhani ('Capital') Express to Mumbai" - via Mathura and Baroda
  11. "The Delhi Mail from Jaipur"
  12. "The Grand Trunk Express" - to Madras via Madhya Pradesh
  13. "The Local to Rameswaram" - and onward across the Palk Strait to Ceylon
  14. "The Talaimannar Mail"
  15. "The 16:25 from Galle" - to Colombo
  16. "The Howrah Mail" - from Madras Central to Howrah station, Calcutta
  17. "The Mandalay Express" - from Rangoon
  18. "The Local to Maymyo"
  19. "The Lashio Mail" - to cross Gokteik Viaduct
  20. "The Night Express from Nong Khai" - to Bangkok, after visiting Vientiane in Laos
  21. "The International Express to Butterworth"
  22. "The Golden Arrow to Kuala Lumpur"
  23. "The North Star Night Express to Singapore"
  24. "The Saigon-Bien Hoa Passenger Train"
  25. "The Hué-Da Nang Passenger Train"
  26. "The Hatsukari ('Early Bird') Limited Express to Aomori" - from Tokyo
  27. "The Ozora ('Big Sky') Limited Express to Sapporo" - from Hakodate
  28. "The Hikari ('Light') Shinkansen (Bullet Train) to Kyoto"
  29. "The Kodama ('Echo') Shinkansen (Bullet Train) to Osaka"
  30. "The Trans-Siberian Railway"
    1. "The M. V. Khabarovsk" - sailing from Yokohama to Nakhodka
    2. "The Vostok" - to Khabarovsk
    3. "The Rossiya" - via Sverdlovsk and Moscow

References[edit]

  1. ^ Travelliterature.org
  2. ^ Powells.com