We always think trains as just a form of transport, but they are much more than that! Here are the most impressive railways from around the world!
1) Burma Railway, Thailand
This train was built by the Japanese army in WWII. It’s also known as “Death Railway” because 110,000 people died building it. Its tracks run along a very narrow path. If you look down, it seems like there’s nothing below but a sheer drop.
2) Gokteik Viaduct, Myanmar
It was once the largest railway in the world. If you are afraid of heights you shouldn’t get into this train because there are several bridges that will put you off trains for life!
3) Gelmerbahn Funicular, Switzerland
This is the steepest funicular in Europe, with a 106% incline!!! It’s one of the scariest rides but also one of the coolest at the same time! You should try it!
4) Bangladesh Railway
Well, the images speak for themselves. It goes without saying that this train is completely overcrowded. People hang from the sides, jump onto the roof… It’s absolutely crazy! And as you can imagine, a lot of them die from riding in this dangerous fashion.
5) Maeklong Railway, Thailand
This is a market that is set up on the actual tracks! When a train comes everybody has to quickly fold up their shops and hop out of the way to let the 30 Km/h train plod by. They then set up everything back to how it was. Business as usual.
6) Tren a las Nubes, Argentina
This is one of the highest railways in the world. With 29 bridges, 21 tunnels and 2 zigzags you won’t get bored on this one.
7) Indian Railways
This is one of the largest and busiest train networks in the world. The people just jump on it even if the train hasn’t stopped, so every year more than 25,000 people die using it.
8) Pilatus Railway, Switzerland
This is the steepest Cogwheel railway in the world. It has a gradient of 48% to reach its station at 7,000 feet.
9) Naríz del diablo Railway, Ecuador
This is considered the world’s most dangerous train journey. It climbs more than 500 metres in 12 Km. So it’s full of steep ups and downs where you will prefer to keep your eyes firmly shut.
10) White Pass & Yukon Route, Alaska
This one was built to reach the goldfields during the Gold Rush. It steadily climbs up to 3,000 feet and trawls over some of the most beautiful and terrifying bridges out there!
What was your most memorable train ride?