Have you ever crossed a dangerous bridge or taken a tricky route while on your train journey? If you haven’t, you must watch these Most Dangerous Train Routes In The World!
THE DEATH RAILWAY, BURMA
The Thailand–Burma Railway is a memorable ride. Also known as the Death Railway for the thousands of POWs and forced laborers who lost their lives building it during World War II.
MAEKLONG RAILWAY MARKET, THAILAND
We know that, at least at first glance, many markets in Thailand look the same. But one that definitely stands out is the Maeklong Railway Market. Because it has a train running through the middle of it several times a day. Right down the middle and close enough to touch. Only in Thailand!
LANDWASSER VIADUCT, SWITZERLAND
A must for all railway fans – beauty and boldness combined. With its 65m high pillars, tapering towards the top, the viaduct is one of the most elegant bridge constructions in Switzerland. It is the most spectacular construction on the 63 kilometers long Albula stretch. And the Albula and Bernina routes of the scenic Rhaetian railway form part of the UNESCO World Heritage. The construction of the main pillars of the Landwasser viaduct in 1901/1902 is considered a huge architectural feat.
ASO MINAMI ROUTE, JAPAN
Aso Minami Route, Japan’s most dangerous railroad owing to its proximity to Mount Aso – the nation’s biggest active volcano – passes through the region of Kumamoto, connecting Takamori to Tateno Station in Minamiaso.
CHENNAI TO RAMESHWARAM, INDIA
A 2.06 km-long sea bridge is part of the railway route that connects the city of Chennai to the pilgrimage town of Rameswaram on Pamban Island in south India. The Pamban Railway Bridge was built in 1914 over the Indian Ocean and is India’s first cantilever bridge. The central part of the bridge opens up to allow movement of ships and ferries. Though supported by 145 concrete piers, strong ocean currents and cyclones often pose a serious threat to both the bridge and train. SHOW VISUALS
ND&W RAILWAY, INDIANNA
This rail line is operated by Pioneer Rail’s Napoleon, Defiance & Western Railroad Company. Purchased on December 28, 2012 from Spencer Wendelin’s Maumee & Western Railroad – this 51-mile long shortline began operations in January of 2013, serving industries and elevators between Woodburn, Indiana and Liberty Center, Ohio.
DEVIL’S NOSE TRAIN, ECUADOR
Devil’s Nose, a 12km stretch in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador, was constructed around the Condor Puñuna or Condor’s Nest mountain in 1902 as part of the Quito-Guayaquil railroad. The Devil’s Nose section is located 9,000 ft above sea level and was considered one of the world’s most difficult railways to engineer and construct. Travellers, although no longer allowed onto the roof of the train, can experience the steep climb up a series of switchbacks and a near-vertical drop of 500m.
TREN A LAS NUBES, ARGENTINA
Tren a las Nubes or the ‘Train to the Clouds’, a train service passing through the Andes mountain range over a distance of 217km, connects Salta in north-west Argentina to a route on the Chilean border. The railway line, opened in 1948 after nearly 27 years of construction, was originally constructed for socio-economic purpose but is now a tourist train departing from Salta on the 15-hour, 434km round-trip journey. The zigzag railway route passes through 29 bridges, 21 tunnels and 13 viaducts. It is one of the world’s highest railways.
WHITE PASS AND YUKON ROUTE, ALASKA, USA
The 110mi-long White Pass and Yukon Route, originally built during the Klondike Gold Rush to connect Skagway in Alaska and Whitehorse in Yukon Territory, Canada, was opened in 1900, but closed in 1982 following the collapse of the mining industry.
GEORGETOWN LOOP RAILROAD, COLORADO, USA
Georgetown Loop is a heritage railroad that connects the neighbouring towns of Georgetown and Silver Plume in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The narrow gauge line was constructed in 1877 to provide access to silver mines and was closed in 1939 but reopened in 1984 to operate summer tourist trains. The rail line spans 7.2km and runs along a ‘corkscrew’ route along the mountainous terrain, reaching an elevation of approximately 640ft. The route includes four bridges across Clear Creek Valley, including the 100ft-tall Devil’s Gate High Bridge on which the train moves slowly and precariously.
LYNTON & LYNMOUTH CLIFF RAILWAY, UNITED KINGDOM
The Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway, an 862 ft-long rail line spanning the English towns of Lynton and Lynmouth, starts from Lynmouth and glides up a 500ft-high steep cliff with a 58 percent gradient to reach Lynton.
So if you have a thing for being a risky adventurer or are more simply just an engineering enthusiast, a pick from these world most dangerous rail lines are a must in your bucket list. Zeba Warsia – NMTV News.