"The Burma Railway, also known as the Death Railway, the Thailand-Burma Railway and similar names, is a 415 km (258 mile) railway between Bangkok, Thailand and Rangoon, Burma (now Myanmar), built by the Empire of Japan during World War II, to support its forces in the Burma campaign.
Forced labour was used in its construction. About 180,000 Asian labourers and 60,000 Allied prisoners of war (POWs) worked on the railway. Of these, around 90,000 Asian labourers and 16,000 Allied POWs died as a direct result of the project. The dead POWs included 6,318 British personnel, 2,815 Australians, 2,490 Dutch, about 356 Americans and a smaller number of Canadians. "
At this station we waited for the train which would take us towards the center of Kanchanaburi:
While waiting I went exploring relics near the track:
The year engraved is 1940:
Something to ponder on:
The promised train finally came a-chugging. It's old, simple, and without AC but tourists were understandably excited to be on board as it snaked on a cliff above the River Kwai:
This is the view from the train window. Those are floating guest houses and a restaurant below. During an earlier trip I went rafting with other tourists in the Kwai. On our way back we abandoned the raft and swam with life jackets. Two men pulled my mere 38-kilo frame out of the strong current. At night revellers danced to live music on that white open-air structure. Buffet was tasty and non-stop:
The sucker for sentimental thoughts in me couldn't help staring at this railway thinking of the people who built it and the terrible working condition they were subjected to. War history gives me gooseflesh.
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