Millions of rail routes run through different countries of the world. Some of them are distinguished by their modernity, where trains accelerate at enormous speeds, while others can be extremely interesting in view of their location in the most remote and picturesque corners of the world. Some railroads run through incredibly dangerous towns but are used by hundreds or thousands of people every day. Here are some of them.
If you don’t feel vertigo, this train is for you. It is a highly sought after tourist route by travelers from all over the world that begins in Alausí and ends in Sibambe, passing through the Devil’s Nose, in the central province of Chimborazo. The journey takes about two and a half hours, during which the railway zigzags through a wall of almost 90 degrees, at about 1800 meters above sea level. It is certainly a masterpiece of engineering. In addition, the panoramic views of mountains and rivers are indescribable.
Japan’s Aso Minami Railroad passes through an area that is full of volcanoes alive. Even the railways do not know when and where the explosion takes place. Here, trees destroyed by volcanic lava can be seen while passing through.
The Maeklong Railway Market in Thailand is a local market where the railway line is laid and that too in the middle of the market. Here people sell goods by putting them along the track. When the train passes from here, people take away the goods from their shops and when the train passes, they set up their shop again. Shoppers sell vegetables, eggs and fish more in this market.
This is a rail route that passes over the sea. This rail bridge is also called Pamban Bridge. It connects Tamil Nadu to Pamban Island of Rameswaram in South India. The length of this bridge is about two kilometres and its construction work was started in August 1911 and it was completed on 24 February 1914. The middle part of the bridge is opened to pass the ships from there. On December 23, 1964, Pamban train was derailed due to severe storm due to which 150 people lost their lives.
Pilatus Railway is one of the most dangerous and exciting railway routes in the world, on this route, passengers travel to the station at an altitude of 7,000 feet. On this route, the train goes from Alpnachstad to Pilatus Kulm, And Alpine travels through grasslands and mountains. The 30-minute ride on the Pilatas railway route leads to an alpine peak known for its amazing expanses. The length of this railway trek is about 4.5 kilometers, which is full of different adventures. Despite this route being dangerous, a large number of travellers enjoy the exciting ride.
The Death Railway is a railway track located in the Kanchanaburi area of Thailand, built by Japan during World War II, but hundreds of soldiers and some prisoners of war were killed during the construction of the track. This railway track can be seen passing very close to a hill and the surrounding greenery as well as the river bank. The surrounding water as well as the green trees give a different pleasure to travel on this trek. Also getting to see all this around is a great view for new tourists.
The Outeniqua Choo Tjoe is the unpronounceable name of this steam train. It had circulated daily since 1903, from George Town to Knysna, via the viaduct over the Kaaiman’s River. Known for its breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean, this line has been closed since 2009 while it was all fixed and ready to go again.
The track for this railroad was built through the Rocky Mountains of Colorado in the late 1800s. Traveling on the Georgetown Loop Railroad allows for a multitude of excursions lasting one hour.
The last stop is in Indonesia, where “Argo Gede Train” crosses one of the most lush landscapes in the world. During the three hour journey, from Jakarta to Bandung, the train passes over a spectacular valley suspended 60 meters above the ground.
In Argentina it is called “the train of clouds”. The convoy departs from Salta at an altitude of 1190 meters to reach 4220 meters on arrival. To connect the Andes Cordière to the Chilean border, the trip takes 15 hours. The train covers 217 km, crosses 29 bridges, 21 tunnels and 13 viaducts. Fright guaranteed but the view is breathtaking.
Originally built for gold mining, this route offers breathtaking views of the unspoiled landscapes of Alaska. Now completely refitted, the wagons rise to an altitude of 873 meters.
Opened in 1880, this 3,000-meter-high railway line crosses incredible landscapes from New Mexico to Colorado. From bridge to bridge, the train follows the same route taken by the miners, hoping to make a fortune in the California Gold Rush.
This railway route is located between Cairns to Quranada. It is used for tourism and freight services. The length of this track is 37 kilometers and from this one-way journey can be completed in one hour and 55 minutes.