10 Of The Scariest And Most Dangerous Train Routes In The World
Train Routes throughout the world are scenic and beautiful especially when passing through countryside. However, as beautiful as these may be, they can hair-raising in terms of danger too. There are several train routes that run across extremely dangerous stretches and if you happen to travel across one, it would not be a good idea t to look out of the window if you’re faint hearted. Check out 10 of the world’s most dangerous train routes.
10 Argo Gede Train Railroad – Indonesia
The Argo-Gede Railroad in Indonesia runs from Jakarta to Bandung. The stretch of railroad running across the extremely high Cikurutug pylon trestle bridge can give you the shivers especially when you look down at the drop deep into the subtropical valley below.
9 Bamboo Trains, Cambodia
Train routes were built by the French in Cambodia but after the Khmer Rouge destruction, the tracks were used by locals. Handmade carts were propelled across the tracks for domestic use. Today some of these carts are still in circulation for tourism purposes.
8 The Death Railway, Thailand
The death railway is located in Kanchanburi Province in Thailand which borders Myanmar. The track passes through thick forest cover and dangerous mountain terrain. In case the name still doesn’t ring a bell, how about this? “The bridge over the river Kwai”!! Yes it is this very same track that features this section running across the famous bridge in which hundreds of POWs lost their lives during its construction under Japanese rule in WWII.
7 Aso Minami Route, Japan
Imagine a railway track running through an active volcanic area??? Yes!! The Aso Minami train route passes through the most active volcanic region in Japan. Trains running through have no means to predict when an eruption can happen. You can see parts of the forest burnt by lava close to the track.
6 Devil’s Nose Train, Ecuador
High up in the Andes Mountains runs Nariz Del Diablo or the Devil’s Nose Train. AT 9000 ft above sea level, this is one of the scariest rides in the world. As one of the world’s most dangerous train routes, it is ideal for thrill seekers wanting to experience old boxcars clinging onto steep mountain inclines.
5 Kuranda Scenic Railroad, Australia
This train route is both dangerous and breathtaking to. Running through the Barron George National Park, it passes so close to waterfalls that the entire train gets sprayed with water. Travellers riding the train are gifted with spectacular views of the national park.
4 Chennai-Rameswaram Route, India
The Pamdan Railway Bridge was opened in 1914 and connects the mainland of South India with Rameswaram Island. The extremely long and very low lying cantilever sea bridge runs across 2,065 metres of sea upto Rameswaram. Looking out of the windows form either side of the train makes one feel as if the train is just whizzing across the sea because you won’t see road or path, just water.
3 Tren a las Nubes, Argentina
The Tren a las Nubes in Argentina took 27 years to complete and includes a dangerous spiral zigzagging track across mountain terrain North Central Argentina close to the Chilean border. The route stretches along 21 tunnels and 13 spectacular bridges.
2 White Pass and Yukon Route, Alaska, USA
Nothing can be more deadly than this railway route which runs practically hugging cliffs. It was built in 1898 during the height of the Klondike gold rush and is now used as a thrill for tourists.
1 Georgetown Loop Railroad, Colorado, USA
This could well qualify as the world’s most dangerous train route built to gain access to silver mines in the late 19th century. The route includes the deadly Devil’s Gate Bridge across which the train has to move extremely slowly as if straining with effort to do so.