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12 Unusually Picturesque Yet Treacherous Train Routes From Around the World

The most enjoyable yet the most dangerous railroads.

A train journey is memorable to say the least. Unlike, air travel where you have to go through rigorous security checks and follow mandatory rules of boarding, train travel gives you sense of independence. Especially, if you are travelling along with your family or a bigger group of friends, nothing beats a train journey.

You get to experience spectacular views as well as witness the difference in scenic setting if you are going on a cross-country express. Nevertheless, not all train routes are alike, some are particularly safe and some are extremely dangerous.

1. Aso Minami Route, Japan

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This rail route of Japan passes through the most active volcanic regions of this country. No one knows when the next eruption would take place.

2. Chennai Rameswaram, India

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The Pamdan Bridge, opened in the year of 1914 is included in this train route. Therefore, 2,065 meters distance is crossed by the train as it stretches to the Island of Rameswaram.

3. Bamboo Train, Cambodia

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The scarcity of Bamboo Trains is observed today though it was built by the French after the actions of Khmer Rouge. Homemade carts are used by the locals for travelling onto the tracks. Some of these carts can even be found today which are used mainly for the purposes of tourism.

4. Devil’s Nose Train, Ecuador

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This train route can be spotted out in the Andes Mountains. This route is considered as the scariest ride in the whole world. The cliffs and the steep of the mountain can also be experienced at the time of travelling through this train.

5. White Pass and Yukon Route, USA

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In the year of 1898, this rail track was constructed. It is basically used by adventure and thrill lovers.

6. The Death Railway, Thailand

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The location of this railway is the Province of Kanchanburi in Thailand. This train route passes through some dangerous mountain and dense jungles. While constructing this track, many PoWs lost their lives and that’s why, it got the mentioned name.

7. Outenigua Choo-Tjoe Train, South Africa

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Numerous fatal accidents occurred here in 1908 when this track was first opened. Today, it is much safer to travel through this track due to proper maintenance.

8. Kuranda Scenic Railways, Australia

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This railroad passes through a waterfall by which the track is sprayed. Therefore, it becomes slippery. The driver needs to drive the train very carefully.

9. Georgetown Loop Railways, USA

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The Devil’s Gate High Bridge which is 100 ft tall is included in this rail track. This bridge needs to be crossed very slowly by the train.

10. Tren a la Nubes, Argentina

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Near the border of Chile, this train route is situated. Approximately, twenty-seven years were taken by this track for becoming completed. Moreover, zigzag and spiral tracks are included which passes through twenty-one tunnels.

11. Argo Gede Railroad, Indonesia

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This railroad stretches from Jakarta to Bandung. It passes over the sky-high Cikurutug pylon trestle Bridge. A profound subtropical valley can be seen under the track. If you have fear of heights, you should not watch from the window.

12. Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, New Mexico

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In the year of 1889, this rail track was built by the Denver & Rio Grande. They moved along the old track balancing on the wooden sleepers holding the narrow gauge track to pass along the narrow ledges of the mountain.

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