Train travel is back: with luxe rail operator Venice Simplon-Orient Express reporting sell-out routes in Europe and Belmond opening new sleeper trips worldwide (including its old-world-glam Thailand to Singapore Eastern & Oriental Express), the journey is now the destination. So, what’s driving the railway renaissance? According to forecaster Mandy Saven, it’s part of a broader trend for “rediscovering the art of slow travel; rush-free train trips enable a calm, meaningful experience in a world over-occupied with screens and frenzied living”. The hottest ticket of 2019? Surely, The Ghan, a three-day, Outback-with-aircon route down the middle of Australia that this year marks its 90th anniversary with doubled departures and more stops. Riding the trend, a new route is set to open at the end of this year: following the New South Wales coast, the Great Southern will link Brisbane to Adelaide.