Are you a travel enthusiast? Does the train whistle give you itchy feet? Then feel free to join us on our ride through 15 of the most blood freezing train routes. Before jumping aboard though, you must know a few things about these areas. Although they offer scenic views along the way, these routes are fraught with great perils. Are you sure you want to look out your window? If you’re not faint-hearted, then you can just go ahead and enjoy it. But if you ask us, you’d better save this for the genuine daredevils. After all, you wouldn’t want to spend the rest of your trip unconscious, would you? So pull the curtains closed and forget that you’re traveling at such enormous heights. While some areas offer awe-inspiring views, others are mostly inhabited by dangerous tribes.
Today we’ll show you 15 examples of train rides that cover extremely perilous stretches. From Argo Gede Train Railroad in Indonesia to Kuranda Scenic Railway in Australia, these areas take train rides to a whole new level. In fact, Kuranda’s picturesque railway boasts incredible scenery. This unique landscape is just like the one in the upcoming movie Murder on the Orient Express. And yes, it looks equally beautiful and dangerous. Now go ahead and explore these 15 eerie routes in detail.
15. Argo Gede Train Railroad
Have you heard of the Argo Gede’s Railroad in Indonesia? There’s one particular stretch of railroad that became widely known for its scenic views. It covers the stretch from Jakarta to Bandung. Before reaching its final destination, the train runs across the incredibly high Cikurutug Pylon Trestle Bridge. Passengers are able to look down at the drop deep into the wild valley. Are you ready to look down? Be sure that such a subtropical experience will send shivers down your spine. For this reason only, Argo Gede Train Railroad earns its place on our list today.
14. Bamboo Trains, Cambodia
Unlike Argo Gede, Bamboo Trains don’t take rides along extremely high bridges. However, there’s a certain stretch of railroad that’s just as dangerous as Argo Gede. Built by the French, Bamboo Trains were basically left in ruins after the Khmer Rouge destruction. In fact, Cambodians tried to fix the tracks but failed to bring their functionality back. Today, Bamboo Trains are no longer trains, but handmade carts propelled along the tracks. It turns out that you need to ride a homemade cart to get to Cambodia. Indeed, these former train routes are now inhabited by Cambodian tribes. Well, this alone makes it a dangerous terrain, don’t you think?
13. Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe Train
Once again, travelers can take on a scenic ride through South African’s picturesque Garden Route. Are you really ready to pass through the country’s famed Garden Route? If so, then be ready to fall out of your chair. Packed with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean, these trains cross downright perilous areas. The line may be currently off-limits but rumor has it that Choo-Tjor Route may be back on track soon. So you may experience such gut-wrenching rides with drops and bends along the way.
12. The Death Railway, Thailand
Based in Thailand, the famous Death Railway doesn’t only impress with its peculiar name. Located in Kanchanaburi Province, the Death Railway actually marks the border of Myanmar. While touching the border, it also passes through dense forest and mountainous terrain. Just in case its name doesn’t ring a bell with you, the Death Railway is also known as the “Eerie Bridge over River Kwai”. Let’s not forget that hundreds of thousands of POWs met an untimely end exactly there. In fact, this deadly terrain was under the Japanese reign at the time of its construction.
11. Aso Minami Route, Japan
Imagine an incredible train route that runs through a volcanic area. Yes, we know – it sounds both creepy and awe-inspiring. But whatever you think of it, the Aso Minamu Route is an active volcanic area somewhere out there in Japan. Much to our surprise, the Japanese Aso Minami Train Route is not in the least bothered by such volcanic threats. So, it just takes its regular courses through some of the most dangerous terrains in the world. Today, the Aso Minami Route can also be seen passing through this risky area. After all, once you spot the lava-burnt forest patches, you just can’t unsee it.
10. Cumbres And Toltec Scenic Railroad – New Mexico
Running through an outstanding terrain, the Cumbers & Toltec Scenic Railroad is another hair-raising train route on the U.S. circuit. It covers the line from New Mexico to Colorado while passing through suspended bridges and mountainsides as well. Rumor has it that the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad runs along the line previously taken by local minors on their way to the California Gold Rush. The scenic railroad from New Mexico runs through gut-wrenching bends and drops as well; it sure makes it another dangerous train route that’s certainly not for everyone.
9. White Pass and Yukon Route
Famous for its outstanding views, the White Pass and Yukon Route in Alaska enjoys its fair share of thrill-seekers as well. Although this terrain has got a lot to offer, it still is a pretty tricky route fraught with perils. For one thing, passengers on the White Pass & Yukon Route are literally right in the middle of nowhere; they’re practically riding through the wilderness on their own. What if the train breaks down while crossing that spine-chilling bridge? Well, you can only imagine how terrifying that would be. Hopefully, travelers won’t have to explore the wild nature of Alaska like that.
8. Pilatus Railway
Have you heard of the unique Pilatus Railway? Can you guess what makes it so special and eerie? Believe it or not, the Pilatus Railway is considered the steepest cogwheel railway on the planet. Set at 7,000 feet above sea level, this dangerous railway passes by snow-capped mountain ridges before it reaches its destination. Indeed, the Pilatus Railway is an exceptional train journey but it’s hardly worth the risk. What if the train breaks down in the tunnel at more than 7,000 feet above sea level? Have you thought about that?
7. Bangladesh Railway
If you don’t know what roof riding is, then you’ve never been to Bangladesh. Trains around there get simply overcrowded with people. There’s literally no room for any passengers on board, so roof-riding has become a typical sight. As a result, the rate of deaths on the Bangladesh Railways has skyrocketed. Unlike many other train routes, the ones in Bangladesh are quite dangerous. Not to mention that such a train journey can put one’s life on the line. Forget about the thrill of adventure: some journeys aren’t worth the risk at all.
6. Chennai-Rameswaram Route, India
Originally opened in 1914, the Indian Chennai-Rameswaram Route connects the Rameswaram Island with South India’s mainland. On its way to the Rameswaram Island, the Chennai-Rameswaram Train runs along a low-lying sea bridge. So just imagine this train riding along a sea bridge that meets no end. Just look out the window, and you’ll freak out for sure: there’s no land or scenery over here, only a sea of water. All in all, Chennai-Rameswaram is hands down one of the weirdest and scariest train routes across the globe. Are you still interested in exploring India by train? You’d better think twice before doing it!
5. Georgetown Loop Railroad
If you want to hop on this train, you’ll need to go back to Colorado. The famous Georgetown Loop Railroad is indeed a world-famous route in the USA. This scenic track was built in the ’80s and was later on dubbed an important mining site. Built through the Rocky Mountains, the Georgetown Loop Railroad is suspended at more than 200 ft in the air. You can only imagine how beautiful Colorado’s scenery is at such an enormous height. Now let’s hope that Colorado’s landscape will erase the memory of that eerie cavity below you.
4. Devil’s Nose Train, Ecuador
Meet the Nariz Del Diablo that covers the entire dangerous train route called Devil’s Nose. Its peculiar and scary name can’t be a coincidence, right? While this bare terrain is an ideal place for thrill-seekers, it’s also a pretty bad place for any train malfunctions. As you can imagine, you’re basically on your own out there. Not to mention that this train rides at 9,000 ft above sea level. Kind of scary, huh? This feature alone makes Devil’s Nose, Ecuador, another peculiar and risky terrain.
3. Kuranda Scenic Railroad, Australia
Next on our list is the spectacular Kuranda Scenic Railroad in Australia. Now you can finally see why this terrain is so famous: the train route offers incredible scenery, including a few waterfalls along the way too. While passing through the unique Barron George National Park, passengers can enjoy the views of the nearby waterfalls. Although it sounds like an amazing experience, the Kuranda Scenic Railroad runs through a pretty dense forest. So, you just can’t ride into the wilderness like it’s a walk in the park, right?
2. The Kashmir Valley Railway
Known as a complex engineering project, the Kashmir Valley Railway is another hazardous route in India. It covers the entire Jammu-Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla route as it passes by mountainous ridges, rivers, and waterfalls. Before reaching its final destination, Kashmir Valley runs across more than 158 extreme bridges, all set at enormous heights. It sure offers an incredible train journey but is it really 100 % safe? Think again! After all, this Indian train route is considered a pretty spine-chilling journey. There must be a reason for it, right?
1. Tren a las Nubes, Argentina
There’s a reason why Tres a las Nubes is dubbed “The Train in the Clouds”. If you ever get the chance to ride it, you’ll also enjoy scenic views of the surroundings. On its way to Cordillera de Los Andes, this unique train runs across an extremely high bridge. Well, it sure offers an incredible scenery that will make your blood run cold. So, if you dare to look down, you’ll realize how dangerous this terrain is. What if something happens while still crossing the bridge, right? Well, you’d better clear your mind of such negativity.
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