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What is Death Train/Bridge between in Thailand ?

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Asked by Haddipa, 22 Sep '09 07:55 am
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One of the prime reasons for the construction of the railway by the Japanese was to overcome the total reliance on sea transport as the only means of supplying Burma once the country was under their control by June 1942. Shipping on the long sea voyage around Singapore was prone to submarine attack once the allies were fully operational out of India.

Engineers had surveyed the 415 km route but expressed doubts about the economics of the project. However with a vast source of labour at their disposal in the form of Allied Prisoners of War it was planned to begin construction from both ends at once using metre gauge single track.

The first prisoners arriving at Ban Pong to begin construction on 23 June 1942

The first bridge across the river Mae Khlaung was a wooden trestle bridge 220 meters long completed in February 1943 and a second eleven span concrete and steel construction using semi-eliptic spans brought from Java and completed in July 1943.

The two lines met at Konkuit ...more
Answered by jameel ahmed, 22 Sep '09 02:02 pm

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It is The Bridge on the River Kwai. Made famous by the 1957 film starring Alec Guinness, William Holden and Jack Hawkins, the bridge is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Thailand today. Located in Kanchanaburi, it's 120 km west and about two hours drive from Bangkok. The town was founded by King Rama I against a possible invasion by Burmese soldiers through Three Pagodas Pass.

Kanchanaburi is a pleasant town with beautiful scenery, nice people and numerous picturesque Buddhist temples. Many people stay in guest houses which are located right on the river. It is a great place to escape from the hustle and bustle of busy Bangkok life.

From rich tourists traveling on expensive package tours to backpackers traveling thru on the cheapest form of public transport, hundreds of people make their way to Kanchanaburi everyday to catch a glimpse of the famous bridge.
Answered by Haddipa, 22 Sep '09 08:09 am

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