Top 10 Most Dangerous Railway Tracks in the World

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  1. Kuranda Scenic Railway, Cairns, Australia:

Kuranda Scenic Railway is a 34 km long rail route between Cairns and Queensland in Australia. The rail route was built mainly to facilitate tourists. It was built between 1882 and 1891. The route is considered as one of the most dangerous since it passes through the dense rainforest and several waterfalls which partly drown the passengers. The rain passes through several tunnels, sharp corners and bridges.

2. Napier Gisborne Railway line, New Zealand:

The New Zealand’s Napier Gisborne Railway line is very unique since it passes through the main runway of the Gibson airport. Each and every train passes only after the permission of the air traffic control room.

3. Maeklong Railway Market, Thailand:

The main specialty of this market is that the train passes through one of the busiest market selling fruits and vegetables etc. Whenever a train comes a warning bell rings and the stall vendors are alerted. The vendors pull back their umbrella shelters before the arrival of the train. Everything is so well managed that the train barely touches any merchandise placed on the rail by the stall vendors.

4. Tren de las Nubes, Argentina:

It is one of the largest and most dangerous rail routes in the world. The route connects the City of Salta in Argentina with Polvorillo in Chile. The route was constructed in 1921 but became operational after 27 years in 1948. The train passes through 29 bridges, 21 tunnels a, 13 viaducts, 2 spirals and 2 zig zag. The train takes many twist and turns during the journey. The train passes through one of the highest bridge which is 13,850 feet from sea level. The whole train journey takes almost 16 hours.

5. Trans-Siberian Railway, Russia

It is the world’s longest rail route which connects Moscow to Russian Far East. The total length of the track is 9289 km. That’s why it is known as the World’s longest rail route. The route also connects Mongolia, China and North Korea. The total journey takes 7 days 20 hours and 25 minutes. The construction of the route started between 1891 and 1916.

6. Georgetown Loop Railroad, Colorado, USA

This rail service started in 1884 and very popular for its spectacular scenic beauty. The train passes between two neighboring town i.e Georgetown and Silver Plume in the Rocky Mountains.  Between 1899 and 1938 the train was used to ferry passengers and freight. It was closed in 1939 for some unknown reason. It was reopened in 1984 for tourist service. During its journey the train has to pass a 100 feet tall narrow bridge called the Devils Gate High Bridge. It is considered the most dangerous part of the entire journey.

7. Burma Railway (The death railway):

The Burma Railway is also known as the Death Railway and Thailand-Burma Railway. The 415 kilometer long rail route connects Bangkok, Thailand and Rangoon, Burma. The rail line was constructed during World War – II by the Japanese Empire. Hundreds and thousands of forced laborers and prisoners of war were engaged in the construction of the railway a number of them died in the process. The Japanese Army forced hundreds and thousands of Javanese, Malayan Tamils of Indian origin, Burmese, Chinese, Thai and other Southeast Asians laborers to work on the construction of the railway and many of them died during the construction. That is the reason why the rail link is also called the death railway.

8. Rameswaram Route, Chennai, India:

The Rameswaram Rail Route is connected by a bridge known as Pamban Bridge. The bridge connects the mainland of Chennai with the Island of Rameswaram. The most significant part of the bridge is that it is constructed over the sea. The base of the bridge consists of 145 concrete pillars that were constructed on the sea itself. The middle part of the bridge could be raised to allow movement of ships. Sometimes when the water level of the sea rises it floods the rail track. The train has to pass through strong sea wind which makes it one of the most difficult train journeys in the world.

9. Goteik viaduct, Myanmar:

The Goteik viaduct is a railway trestle in Myanmar. It is the largest railway trestle in the world. The bridge connects two towns of Myanmar. The rail track was constructed in 1899 and thrown open for public in 1900. The British people constructed the bridge as part of the expansion of their empire in Myanmar. The rail link was constructed by the Burma Railway Company.

10. Devil’s Nose Train, Ecuador:

This rail track was built in the mountains where the train takes several twists and turns and moves in a zig-zag way. Finally it takes a 500 meter dip almost vertically which makes it one of the most difficult train journeys. The 14 kilometer long rail track is full of steep ascend and descend. The engineers did an awesome job with the creation of this magnificent rail network which was an extremely challenging task.

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