Most shocking train routes in the world
10-03-2017 8:10am | by Geeta Rai
Here is the list of some shocking train routes which shook the world
Railways are one of the most important transportation used across the world and have rails spread to the highest mountain of the nation to the longest river. It is the lifeline of any nation as it carries most of the goods used for import and export purposes. As there are millions of routes spread across the globe, some of them are considered as most dangerous train routes, scary train routes and even most shocking train routes.
1. Death Railway, Thailand
Death Railway has been in the list as it is the railway route between Ban Pong, Thailand, and Thanbyuzayat, Burma. The route is a stretch of 415 kilometers which was built by the Empire of Japan in 1943 to support its forces in the Burma campaign of Wold War II. Prisoners were used for the construction and approximately one in five prisoners died during the construction of the railway and it is estimated that every railway sleeping car costs the life of one prisoner. The railway today only exists as far as Nam Tok at the 130 km apart.
2. Outeniqua Choo Tjoe, South Africa
Outeniqua Choo Tjoe was the only continually-operated passenger steam train in Africa, which ends its legacy in June 2009. It covers scenic 67 kilometers which cover the coastline of the Garden Route before ending by crossing a bridge over the lagoon in Knysna. In 1992, it was declared an officially preserved railway carried about 40,000 passengers per year at the time.
3. Feather River Route, USA
The rail line that was built and operated by the Western Pacific Railroad in the year between 1906 and 1909. It connects Oakland, California and Salt Lake City, Utah. All the routes are now owned and operated by the Union Pacific Railroad; however, the union Pacific has transferred significant portions of the route to other lines.
4. Tren a Las Nubes, Argentina
The Tren a Las Nubes is a tourist service in Salta Province, Argentina. The rail service runs along the eastern part of the Salta-Antofagasta railway line of the Belgrano Railway. It connects the Argentine Northwest with the Chilean border in the Andes mountain range which is over 4,220 meters above the sea level.
5. Pamban Bridge, India
The Pamban Bridge is a railway bridge on the Palk Strait which connects the town of Rameswaram on Pamban Island to mainland India. The bridge refers to both the road bridge and the cantilever railway bridge which means the latter. Constructed and opened on February 24, 1914, became India’s first sea bridge and was the longest sea bridge in India until the opening of the Bandra-Worli sea link in 2010.
6. Dawlish Rail Track in Devon, UK
The station was opened by the South Devon Railway on May 30, 1846. At the starting, the station had just one platform on the landward side with a loop line closed to the sea but a second platform was added to serve the loop line on May 01, 1858. Original train and the station were burnt down on August 14, 1873, and the present buildings opened to replace it on April 12, 1875. On February 4, 2014, high winds and rough seas breached the station and washed away around 40 meters of the wall. They all began the repair work and the line was reopened on April 04, 2014.
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