8 Most dangerous railway lines in the world that only few people would dare to try!
There is a large group of people who prefer traveling by rail rather than a car. Traveling by train is less tiring, as you do not have to focus on driving and from the window, you can admire the changing landscape. Statistics show that railways are one of the safest means of transport. However, in some parts of the world, the railway lines lead through some very dangerous sections.
Traveling by train is one of the easiest modes of transport and it is the cheapest. It is comfortable, there's place to carry big things and you can travel long routes within the country with ease. But did you know in some places, the railway tracks are built in such a way that it is too dangerous for the commuters to travel? There's one in India too!
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Chennai - Rameswaram, India
The 2.3 km long bridge is part of Chennai's Rameswaram railway line, a popular pilgrimage destination. The bridge was opened to traffic in 1914. The middle part of the bridge is raised to allow for the movement of ships and ferries. The base of the bridge consists of 145 concrete pillars. Despite the strong support, the tracks are often flooded by the ocean. Rail crossings are not easily facilitated by strong winds, which often endangers the trains and the bridge itself. The wind is so strong that trains must slow down to 4 m/s.
Nose of the Devil, Ecuador
To a small village, Alausi in Ecuador, the Sibambe runs a spectacular 14 km railway line. The tracks are arranged in numerous streamers until at some point the train descends 500 m down and it is almost vertical. Engineers managed to steer up the steep climb using switches. Thanks to them, the train zigzags over the steep driveway, moving back and forth. This stretch is one of the most dangerous railroads in the world. For an extra dose of adrenaline ride on the roof of the train, but at your own risk!
The NEXT railway track is literally in the clouds!
Train to the clouds, Argentina
The train route is 217 km long and connects the city of Salta in Argentina with Polvorillo in Chile. The railway line was opened in 1948 after almost 27 years of construction. Currently, the combination is a tourist function. The train ride takes almost 16 hours and runs through 29 bridges, 21 tunnels, and 13 viaducts. The whole journey is 4,200 meters above sea level. It is also one of the most dangerous and beautiful trails among the clouds.
White Pass and Yukon, Alaska
Construction of the Yukon Route in Alaska to Klondike, Canada, lasted for 26 months and was completed in 1900. This route was the main route of gold mining in the gold rush of those days. The route was closed in 1982 due to the fall of the mining industry. A few years later, in 1988, the route was made available to tourists. It runs from Skagway, where the railway management building is home to the museum, to Carcross, and its length is 67 km. During the trip you can admire steep slopes, hanging cliffs, rushing rivers and calm lakes.
A train ride among the waterfalls?! That's the NEXT one!
Kuranda Scenic Railway, Australia
The Kuranda Scenic Railway is 34 km long and connects Cairns and Kuranda in Queensland, Australia. The line was built between 1882 and 1891 and leads through the dense rainforests of Barron Gorge National Park, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The tracks run close to the rock overhangs and falling waterfalls that drown the passengers. The train goes through 15 tunnels, 93 sharp corners, and more than 40 bridges.
Georgetown loop, Colorado
This line connects the neighboring towns of Georgetown and Silver Plume in the Rocky Mountains. The narrow railroad track was built in 1877 to facilitate access to the silver mine. It was closed in 1939 and then reopened to tourists in 1984. The train journey is 7.2 km and runs through the mountains, through Clear Creek Valley bridges and the Devil's Gate High Bridge built in 1884, after which the train passes slowly and accurately.
The last track on the NEXT Page is quite scary!
Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway, England
This railway line is 263 meters long and links the English cities of Lynton with Lynmouth. It would not be strange if it were not for the fact that the queue was moving up to the top of a cliff on 58 degrees. The railway was built in 1890 and is located in the heart of Exmoor National Park. The cable car ride offers unforgettable views of the park and the bay surrounding Devon. The queue is made up of two wagons which can accommodate 40 people each.
Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, New Mexico
It is a narrow gauge railway running between Chama, New Mexico and Antonito, Colorado. The line runs for 103km at an altitude of over 3,000 meters. It runs through the Cumbres Pass and the Toltec Gorge. From the train window, you can admire the beauty of the Rocky Mountains and feel a touch of adrenaline as the train crosses narrow rock edges, loops, flyovers, and tunnels.
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