5 Most Dangerous Railway Routes In The World
By: Sandeep Thu, 09 Nov 2017 4:08 PM
We all have memories of reaching the railway station, buying a dozen magazines, comics and packets of munchies, and fighting for the window seat. For the trainspotting enthusiasts, below are 5 of the most dangerous rail journeys in World.
There are different train journeys that can be taken all around the world, many which include some very spectacular views and some which are perhaps dangerous or have dangerous stretches included in their routes.
# Bamboo Trains, Cambodia
Although the French built an impressive railway system throughout Cambodia, after the actions of the Khmer Rouge, few trains remained and the locals used homemade carts they propelled by bamboo stick s to travel the tracks. Today there are still some of these carts on the tracks around the Battambang area. The carts today have motors fitted and are mainly used for tourism purposes.
# The Death Railway, Thailand
The Kanchanburi Province in Thailand borders Myanmar, formerly Burma, and is the location of the death railway. Although the tracks pass through some dense jungles and dangerous mountain terrain, the track got its name due to the fact that so many POWs lost their lives whilst building it under Japanese rule during WW11. The most famous section is the Bridge on the River Kwai.
# Devil’s Nose Train, Ecuador
Nariz del Diablo or the Devil’s Nose Train, is located in the Andes Mountains 9,000ft above sea level and is perhaps one of the scariest rides in the world. Thrill seekers can experience the steep, cliff like, mountain climb on old boxcars clinging to older tracks.
# Chennai-Rameswaram Route, India
This track includes the Pamdan Bridge which was opened in 1914 and crosses 2,065 meters of sea as it stretches to Rameswaram Island. This cantilever bridge is a fine example of Indian engineering.
# Georgetown Loop Railroad, Colorado, USA
Built, to permit access to silver mines, in the late 19th century, this railroad includes the Devil’s Gate High Bridge, a 100ft tall bridge which the train has to cross exceptionally slowly, almost as if it is straining to do so.