10. Maeklong Market Railway — Thailand
The food market in Maeklong, Thailand is located on top of train tracks. Several times a day
shopkeepers swiftly pack up their food stalls and pull back their canopies to let the trains pass.
Once the trains have rumbled through, the crates of vegetables, fish, and eggs are placed back
into position and shoppers return to the tracks, which serve as a path through the market.
09. Napier Gisborne Railway — New Zealand
The Napier to Gisborne
Railway Line is unique in
that it crosses the main
runway of the Gisborne
Airport. Trains have to
stop and seek clearance
from the air traffic
control tower to cross
the runway and continue
down the line; a 1939
steam train in the middle
of an airport runway isn't
exactly a common sight!
08. Tren a las Nubes - Train to the Clouds —
The Tren a las Nubes (Train to/of the Clouds) is a touristic train service in Salta Province, Argentina. The
service runs along the eastern part of the C-14 line of the Ferrocarril General Manuel Belgrano, connecting
the Argentine Northwest with the Chilean border in the Andes mountain range. At over 4,220 meters
(13,850 ft) above mean sea level, it's the third highest railway in the world. Originally built for economic and
social reasons, it is now primarily a tourist attraction as a heritage railway.
The railway line has 29 bridges, 21 tunnels, 13 viaducts, 2 spirals, and 2 zigzags. Because of the design
decision not to use a rack-and-pinion system for traction, the route had to be designed to avoid steep
grades. The zigzags allow the train to climb, traveling back and forth parallel to the slope of the mountain.
07. Tunnel of Love — Ukraine
The Tunnel of Love is a beautiful spot in Klevan, Ukraine. A three kilometer railway
section leads to the fibreboard factory. The train runs three times a day and
delivers wood to the factory. However, the trees make a green corridor, which
attracts many couples, as well as photographers, for its eye catching avenue. It is
said that if you and your beloved come to the Tunnel of Love and sincerely make a
wish, it will come true.
06. Trans-Siberian, World's Longest Railway Russia
The Trans-Siberian Railway is a network of railways connecting Moscow with the Russian Far East and the
Sea of Japan. It is the longest railway line in the world. There are connecting branch lines into
Mongolia, China, and North Korea. It has connected Moscow with Vladivostok since 1916 and is still
Full-time construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway began in 1891 and was put into execution and overseen
by Sergei Witte, who was then Finance Minister. Similar to the First Transcontinental Railroad in the
USA, Russian engineers began construction at both ends and worked towards the center.
05. The Landwasser Viaduct — Switzerland
Switzerland has large areas of land that are mountainous. Before the 19th Century, the mountainous terrain meant that it
was difficult to travel across the country, and consequently communication was relatively poor. Swiss railway engineers of
the nineteenth and twentieth centuries had to be extremely innovative, imaginative, and courageous to build a complex and
efficient mountain railway system. This not only included planning and building difficult mountain routes, but also
constructing the many bridges and tunnels needed to cross and go under mountainous areas. The Swiss are still investing
heavily in their railway network, making it one of the most efficient and advanced in the world. One of the most impressive
feats was the building of the Landwasser Viaduct, built in 1902, which carries a mountain railway track. This is possibly one
of the most famous railway viaducts / bridges in the world and is seen in most Swiss travel / holiday brochures.
04. Georgetown Loop Railroad — USA
The Georgetown Loop Railroad was one of Colorado's first visitor attractions. Completed in 1884, this spectacular
stretch of three-foot narrow gauge track was considered an engineering marvel of its time.
The thriving mining towns of Georgetown and Silver Plume lie two miles apart in a steep, narrow mountain canyon. To
connect them, the railroad's builders designed a “corkscrew” route that traveled twice the distance, slowly gaining more
than 600 feet in elevation. It included horseshoe curves, grades of up to 4%, and four bridges across Clear
Creek, including the massive Devil's Gate High Bridge. The Colorado & Southern Railway operated the line for passengers
and freight from 1899 to 1938, when it was abandoned.
In 1973, the Colorado Historical Society began restoring the railroad as part of its 978-acre Georgetown Loop Historic
Mining & Railroad Park. A replica of the High Bridge was completed in 1984 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the "Toy Train", is a 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge railway
that runs between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling in West Bengal. Built between 1879 and 1881, the railway
is about 78 kilometres (48 mi) long. Its elevation level varies from about 100 metres (328 ft) at New
Jalpaiguri to about 2,200 metres (7,218 ft) at Darjeeling. Four modern diesel locomotives handle most of
the scheduled services: however the daily Kurseong-Darjeeling return service and the daily tourist trains
from Darjeeling to Ghum (India's highest railway station) are handled by the vintage British-built B Class
steam locomotive, DHR 778.
The Burma Railway, also known as the Death
Railway, is a 415 kilometer (258 mile) railway
between Bangkok, Thailand and
Rangoon, Burma. More than 90,000 workers
and 16,000 Allied prisoners of war died during
the construction of this railway, a horrific
episode that forms the backdrop for David
Lean's The Bridge on the River Kwai. A ride on
a surviving section of the route is now a
popular activity for visitors to
Kanchanaburi, which is northwest of the Thai
capital. The train hugs the sides of sheer cliffs
and passes over a number of rickety wooden
There are 340,000 cherry trees in
Jinhae, South Korea. When they
bloom in the spring, they create a
dazzling display of falling blossoms.
Gyeonghwa Station, where this photo
was taken, is a popular tourist
attraction for that reason.
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