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World's Deadliest Railway Routes

Less Known Facts About World’s Deadliest Railway Routes

The world has more railway tracks than the number of highways making it the most utilized source of transportation. These tracks pass through some of the deadliest corners of the world, which gives an adorable look but are extremely dangerous for making a small mistake. We at FactWish, have collected some of the deathliest railway tracks situated around the world where construction is extremely near to impossible. So, here we go.

1. Tren a las Nubes, Argentina:

The railway route lies in North Central Argentina, sharing boundary to the Chile border and took nearly 27 years for construction, over 4,220 metres (13,850 ft) above sea level. It consists of spiral and zigzag railway tracks crossing through 21 long tunnels and connects a total of 13 impressive bridges. It is the 5th highest railway track in the world.

2. Chennai-Rameswaram Rail route, India:

The railway bridge is known as “Pamban Bridge” and connects two major cities, Rameswaram on Pamban Island to Chennai in mainland India. It was constructed on 24 February, 1914 and was the longest sea bridge in India, until Bandra-Worli Sea Link was opened in 2010. It took 14 years for its construction over Indian Ocean at that time and is 2.345 km long. The speed limit is 10 kmph while crossing the bridge.

3. The Death Railway, Thailand:

The Thailand-Burma railway route also known as “The Death Railway” was built in 1943 during World War II by Japan to support its forces in Burma region.  It is a 415-kms (258 mi) railway route between Ban Pong, Thailand, and Thanbyuzayat, Burma. Nearly 12,621 Allied prisoners of war died during the construction including 6,904 British personnel, 2,802 Australians, 2,782 Dutch, and 133 Americans. 

The line was closed in 1947 and reopened 10  years later in 1957 and now operated by Thailand railways,

4. Kuranda Scenic Railroad, Australia:

This railway route passes through the Barron Gorge National Park in Australia. The track is so close to the waterfall, the droplets of water sprays on the metallic tracks, thus a timely maintenance is necessary to handle corrosion of tracks. The train slows down to prevent loosening of bolts of the heavy tracks on the bridge.

5. Garden Route, Outeniqua Pass, South Africa:

The railway line passes through the coastal region of famous Garden Route of South Africa covering a total journey of 62-kms(42 mi). It is a 3 hour journey that connects the towns of George and Knysna in the western cape. It carried 120,000 passengers per year, 70% of whom were foreign tourists until it was closed in 2009. The government of South Africa is planning to reopen the famous route again.

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