Actor Stephen Tompkinson samples train travel of British colonial times as a passenger on the Eastern & Oriental Express.
Danny Glover rides Africa's Bamako Express, stopping at the House of Slaves on Gorce Island and Mali's Dogon country.
Hurricane Georges disrupts plans to cross Cuba by rail.
The rail route through Copper Canyon and the Sierre Madre Mountains.
Speeding through Japan on the 186-mph bullet-train and steam-powered trains with a cowboy theme; sushi bar.
Michael Portillo, former British Conservative politician, travels to childhood locales in Spain, revealing his family's troubled history.
Photographer Chris Bonington travels from Nova Scotia to British Columbia.
Nigerian novelist Ben Okri travels from London to Arcadia, Greece.
Explorer Benedict Allen travels the "Lunatic Line" to the source of the White Nile.
Buck Henry meets plastic surgeons and sleepwalking Welsh gauchos in Argentina.
Henry Louis Gates Jr. travels from Great Zimbabwe to Kilimatinde in Tanzania.
Comedian Alexei Sayle travels from Aleppo to Aqaba.
Victoria Wood travels the soon-to-be-privatized rail lines of Northern England and Scotland.
Mark Tully crosses the Indian subcontinent on the Khyber Mail, from Karachi to the foot of Khyber Pass.
Poet/novelist Lisa St. Aubin De Teran travels from Santos, Brazil, to Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
Michael Palin traces his family roots while traveling through Ireland.
Prima ballerina Natalia Makarova rides the Bolshoi Express from St. Petersburg to Tashkent with stops in Moscow and Volgograd.
Journalist Rian Malan travels through South Africa, from Cape Town to the Lost City.
Clive Anderson visits Mao's birthplace, the Confucian burial grounds of Qufu and Datong's Buddhist caves while traveling across China.
Eric Robson travels first class on the Cisalpin from Paris to Montreux aboard the old Orient Express.
Miles Kington's South American train from Cruzco to La Paz climbs the Peruvian Andes to 15,000 feet.
In Africa, historian Michael Wood travels from Cape Town to Victoria Falls aboard the Blue Train.
Michael Palin boards the Flying Scotsman steam locomotive and the Inner-City 25.
Writer Brian Thompson witnesses a foreign passenger's view of paradise while traveling across southern India.
British playwright/journalist Michael Frayn travels across Australia from Sydney to Perth.
Writer and TV reporter Ludovic Kennedy embarks on a cross-country tour of the United States.