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Most Dangerous but Spectacular Train Routes in the World

Most Dangerous but Spectacular Train Routes

By Danish GPublished about a year ago 3 min read
10 Amazing Train Routes in the World

While millions of train routes run across countries throughout the world, some can be hair raising in terms of the dangerous nature of their location. Running high up spanning mountain gorges or steep passes, some of these train journeys are definitely not for the faint hearted. On the flip side, they can be beautiful and spectacular too not only because of the panoramic and splendid views or scenery; They are also thrilling and exciting for those with a sense of adventure. Would you be up to riding across any of these 10 most dangerous train routes in the world?

Most Dangerous but Spectacular Train Routes in the World

Here is the list of Amazing Train Routes in the World:

  • Bamboo Trains, Cambodia

The French built Cambodia's train lines, but many were destroyed by the dreaded Khmer Rouge regime. Locals began using the bamboo train routes, as they were known, because they used handmade carts that were propelled across the tracks for domestic use. It was extremely dangerous, but some of these carts have been fortified and are now used as tourist attractions.

  • Devil’s Nose Train, Ecuador

    The Nariz Del Diablo train route in Ecuador is appropriately named The Devil's Nose. Running high in the Andes Mountains, it is one of the scariest train rides in the world, and it can actually scare you out of your wits. It is one of the world's most dangerous train routes, as it is located at a very high altitude of 9000 feet. Thrill seekers can also ride in old boxcars that cling to steep mountain inclines.

  • Kuranda Scenic Railroad, Australia

    The Kuranda Scenic railroad is breathtaking as it is dangerous. It runs through some spectacular forest surroundings which happens to be part of the Barron Gorge National Park. At, certain spots, the train passes extremely close to waterfalls which spray the entire train with water. The train route runs from cairns in Australia to kuranda which is North Queensland’s world heritage rain forest.

  • Argo Gede Train Railroad – Indonesia

In Indonesia, the Argo-Gede railroad connects Jakarta and Bandung. It is a very high route that runs across the Cikurutug pylon trestle bridge and will send shivers down your spine. The sheer huge drop deep down in the subtropical valley below is the most eerie. Although tourists will be rewarded with breathtaking views, the bridge itself is unfenced, making it dangerous despite engineering claims to the contrary. In the past, accidents have occurred. The most recent major one occurred in 2002, when a train derailed but no one was injured.

    • Aso Minami Route, Japan

Would you take a train through an active volcano? The Aso Minami train route, believe it or not, passes through Japan's most active volcanic region. Authorities cannot predict when an eruption will occur, no matter how good the system is. The lava-burnt forest bordering the track provides ample evidence of such impending danger.

  • White Pass and Yukon Route, Alaska, USA

The White Pass and Yukon route connects Skagway, Alaska, and Whitehorse, Yukon via a narrow gauge rail line. Nothing is more dangerous than this railway route, which practically hugs the cliffs it runs through. The railroad was built during the height of the Klondike gold rush in 1898 and was heavily used. However, it is now only used as a tourist attraction.

  • Georgetown Loop Railroad, Colorado, USA

The USA is full of narrow gauge railroads but this one in the Rocky Mountains can well be the most dangerous train route in the world. It is located in Clear Creek County and was built to assist prospectors in reaching the area's silver mines. The Devil's Gate Bridge is the most terrifying part of the railroad route, where the train must move as slowly as possible for fear of the bridge collapsing.


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