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Death Railway


Death Railway
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Copyright: Fred Byrne (Meglodon) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 88] (353)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-11-19
Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Event
Camera: Cannon EOS 60D, Canon EF 28-135mm IS USM, UV Filter 72mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-04-25 4:02
Viewed: 1141
Points: 6
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At the Kanchanaburi train station each morning, the same ritual unfolds. A woman in a smart uniform scribbles out tickets for a growing line of tourists eager to take a trip on the old-fashioned train. Then, tickets in hand, small groups wander across the street to drink tea in the cafe, waiting cheerfully for the inevitably delayed service, made worse by the need to add extra wagons at this stop, before the trip on Death Railway begins.
Built by the Japanese during WWII to connect Yangon, the then-capital of Burma, with Bangkok, the Thai Burma Rail Link was immortalized in the David Lean blockbuster The Bridge on the River Kwai. The film helps to draw scores of visitors to this sleepy river town year after year.
The railway earned its nickname—the Death Railway—from the suffering the tens of thousands of POWs and cheap local labor went through to construct it, surviving on meager rations, sleeping on lice-infested bamboo mats, and working with ribs clearly visible beneath their browned skin and furrowed brows.
Thousands died in the process of building the 250 miles of rail over 15 months, and their makeshift graves dotted the sides of the tracks, before being moved to neatly kept graveyards in Kanchanaburi and two other cemeteries along the route after the war ended.
Today, only a portion of the original rail line is in operation, reopened in 1956 and taking travelers as far as Nam Tok, two hours from the Burmese border. Recently, the Burmese government announced plans to rebuild its side of the tracks, says Terry Manttan of the Thailand Burma Railway Center and Museum, which is located in Kanchanaburi next to the War Cemetery, where scores of the soldiers who died during construction are buried.

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Dobro vece.
Lep pogled, interesantan i dobar terkst, lepo secanje na graditelje mosta i poginule ljude ...
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepo pokazana pruga i most, dobar kontrast i perspektiva, lepe boje.
Lepa stara pruga i most.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela, srecno.
Paja.


Good evening.
Nice view, interesting and good text, a nice memory of the builders of the bridge and dead people ...
Good work and compositions, beautifully demonstrated railroad bridge, a good contrast and perspective, beautiful color.
Beautiful old railroad bridge.
Good evening and all the best in the new week that began, good luck.
Paja.

Hello Fred,
The famous bridge from the WW2 where also we saw in at least two movies(if I remember correctly).
RR tracks, as always bring action to the photo, even if there is no trains running, and the lavish green all around is marvelously combined.
Good afternoon,
Ike

Hello Fred,
This must be a spectacular train ride over that bridge and just next to the abyss.
I think waiting for the delayed train has been worthwhile.
The picture is attractively composed with the curve of the railroad and it also has an excellent depth.
Best regards, Paul

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