Train is now one of the major means of transportation in the developing countries. Widely considered to be one of the safest and most reliable forms of transport, railways have the ability to travel over multiple often challenging, types of terrain from Mexico to India, today we are looking at 10 of the most dangerous railway tracks in the world
10 – white pass and Yukon Route
For decades prior to the great gold rush of the late 1800’s both Europeans and the natives were aware of the presence of gold around the Yukon river and several other areas, but the fact of the matter was that gold was not a highly valued mineral, instead, traders had been more focused on fur trading. As attitudes toward precious metals started to change the 1880’s brought with it the great gold rush that we know today, and as an estimated 100,000 people flooded into the Klondike goldfields it became necessary to transport the money-hungry miners to increasingly dangerous and unforgiving areas. To accomplish this, railroad lines were created, most notably the White Pass and Yukon Route. The route still stands today as something of a historical site, but when it was built over 120 years ago it was nothing short of an engineering marvel, one look at the geography that it covers and you will understand why this incredible journey is an absolutely hair-raising experience.
9 – Aso Minami Route, Japan
As one of the most dangerous rail routes in Japan, the Aso Minami route has earned itself quite a reputation. With numerous jaw-dropping bridges that suspend locomotives, hundreds of feet off the ground on precariously narrow rails the line links Tateno Station in Minamiaso, and Takamori Station in Takamori. But if the fear of derailment on a narrow bridge doesn’t scare you off this might – Aso Minami is widely considered one of Japan’s most dangerous railroads due to its close proximity to Mount Aso, one of the world’s largest active volcanos. Mount Aso is located in Aso Kujū National Park and if it erupts again it will spell sure-fire disaster for the railway.
8 – Train To The Clouds Argentina
In 1889 people in the Salta Province of Argentina needed a way to get around and to move goods over long distances, the answer in many other parts of the world at the time had been rails but the Salta Province had some unique challenges. The route that the railway would take, covered the space between northern Argentina and Chile, unfortunately this space happens to also be the Andes mountain range, the second tallest on earth, this meant that building a railway would be a significant undertaking, but in 1916, after almost 28 years spent analyzing the feasibility of building a railroad through the region, work began on what would one day be called the Train To The Clouds. The route was designed by American engineer Richard Maury and was officially opened in 1948. The route covered 217 kilometers and included 20 stops, but what is most astounding is that the route climbs nearly 14,000 feet or 4,220 meters, it also features 29 bridges, 21 tunnels, 13 viaducts, 2 spirals, and 2 zigzags. Despite its phenomenal construction, the so-called Train To The Clouds has had a history of troubles, some notable incidents include a 2014 derailment that occurred at a height of 4,000 meters and required 4,000 passengers to be evacuated. Another incident took place in 2005 when a train stalled at a height of 3,500 meters, because of where this incident occurred passengers had to be rescued via helicopter, things have gotten so bad that rather than funding improvements the government has begun providing buses to cover portions of the route.
7- Death Railway, Thailand
Originally called the Burma Railway, many people simply call it the Death Railway. This 415-kilometer railway connects Ban Pong, Thailand to Thanbyuzayat, Burma. The railway was originally constructed out of necessity during World War 2, when Japanese forces in Burma needed a supply link to Thailand. Construction, however, was a brutal affair – upwards of 250,000 southeast Asian slaves and 61,000 Allied POWs were forced to build it, working long hours with little in the way of basic necessities the cost to human life was immense with an estimated 102,000 laborers perishing.
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