Monday, 13 April 2015
Groningen is the main railway station in the city of Groningen. Locally, the station is also called Hoofdstation (Main Station). The station building which stands today was opened on 1 June 1866 and is on the Harlingen – Nieuweschans railway. The station has nine platforms and behind the station is a stabling point for many trains. From Groningen you can directly travel to places in Netherlands and in Germany.
The most famous portion of the death railway is Bridge 277, "the bridge on the River Kwai", which was built over a stretch of river which was then known as part of the Mae Kong. The greater part of the Thai part of the route followed the valley of the Khwae Noi River (Khwae: branch or tributary; Noi: small; Khwae is frequently mispronounced by non-Thai speakers as "Kwai", the Thai word for water buffalo). This gave rise to the name "River Kwai" in English. In 1960, because of the discrepancy between fact and fiction, the part of the Mae Klong which passes under the famous bridge was renamed as the Khwae Yai(English "big tributary").
Internationally famous, thanks the several motion pictures and books, the black iron bridge was brought from Java by the Japanese supervision by Allied prisoner-of-war labour as part of the Death Railway linking Thailand with Burma. Still in use today, the bridge was the target of frequent Allied bombing raids during World War II and was rebuild after war ended. The curved spans of the bridge are the original sections. A daily train is still following the historical route from Kanchanaburi to Nam Tok Railway Station.
The Amsterdam Central Train Station (Amsterdam CS) opened in 1889 and is located in the heart of the city. Amsterdam Centraal station offers train connections to many domestic and international cities. This centrally located train station gives you access to city trams, Travelling by tram in Amsterdam is a convenient and fun way to get around. 10 of the 15 tram lines operate from Amsterdam Central Station (CS). There are 2 tram stop areas just outside central station - one on the east side (for services going south and east, labelled A) and one on the west side (for services going south and west, labelled B). Tram Line No 4 is on the East Route between Amsterdam Station and Station RAI
The Burma Railway, also known as the Death Railway, the Burma–Siam Railway, the Thailand–Burma Railway and similar names, was a 415 kilometres (258 mi) railway between Ban Pong, Thailand, and Thanbyuzayat, Burma, built by the Japanese in 1943 in 1943, to support its forces in Burma during World War II. This railway completed the railroad link between Bangkok and Rangoon (now Yangon). The line was closed in 1947, but the section between Nong Pla Duk and Nam Tok was reopened ten years later in 1957.
Locomotive number 824 was built by Nippon Sharyo Japan in 1949 and is a 4-6-2 type and is used for a tourist train.
Wednesday, 14 January 2015
Demodera-Loop is the only rail loop of its kind in the entire rail network of Sri Lanka. It is situated at Demodera, which is 172 miles from Colombo along the rail track. When the construction work came up to this point, the engineers were in a dilemma not knowing which way to cut across due to the wide gap between two hills confronting each other. For a while, they even thought the Upcountry Main Line might have to be terminated at this place. After much predicament, engineers of the time decided to cut the line towards the left, around the hill at a gradual slope forming a full circle. The line had to descend at 1 foot to every 44 feet, thus plunging 100 feet below the level of the station. The line by now had come below the hill. A tunnel 416 feet in length was then dug which brought the track to the other side of the bund. The open line now faced the opposite hill but the gap was not as wide as at the top of the hill. The stamp shows the Demodera Station on top of the hill and the tunnel below