As travel writer Eric Newby wrote,"the Trans-Siberian is the Big Train Ride. All the rest are peanuts". This is one of the world's definitive train journeys but not every train that trundles along the Trans-Siberian track is in the luxury class. The route snakes across the vastness of Russia, 6000 miles (9650 kms) from Asia into Europe across 7 time zones and those who want to do it in style should book Gold class aboard the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express. Gold Classcabins have en-suites with power showers and under floor heating. The cabins have DVD/CD player, TVs with LCD screens, and air conditioning. A far cry from the Politburo cabins of old.