Tuesday, 24 November 2015
The Burma Railway, also known as the Death Railway, the Thailand-Burma Railway and similar names, is a 415 kilometres (258 miles) railway between Bangkok, Thailand, and Yangon, Myanmar. The portion in use today measures some 130 km (80 miles). The line was abandoned beyond Nam Tok Sai Yok Noi. Today there is a regular train service between Thonburi railway station to Kanchanaburi via the Bridge on the River Kwai.
Thursday, 29 October 2015
Tuesday, 27 October 2015
Of the three northernmost cross-country railroads, the Northern Pacific had completed its mainline to the distant ocean by 1883, the Great Northern having finished its task in 1893. Meanwhile the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul (as it was known then) had not ventured west of the Missouri River, but in 1907 that company's management authorized and extension (Chicago, Milwaukee & Puget Sound Railroad) to the Pacific's shores. Because there were very few suitable routes through the Rocky Mountains the CM & PS track lay close to that of the NP in western Montana, as well as in Washington State. The construction proceeded rapidly, and by the fall of 1909 the rails had reached Puget Sound. When it was completed the CM & StP/CM & PS became the second railroad to operate over its own track between the Midwest and the western sea, the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe system having been first.
The laying of rail over Pipestone Pass in Montana was difficult. The 14 miles between Butte and the tunnel was inclined at 1.8percent, while the eastern flank included nearly 24 miles of 2.) percent gradient. Both approaches were characterized by short segments of extreme curvature where deviations from the shortest route were needed to maintain a uniform grade. Pipestone Pass, however, was but one of four major summits which were obstacles in the path of Chicago, Milwaukee & Puget Sound. There was another almost identical one somewhat more than 100 miles to the east, s shorter one on the Montana - Idaho border, and the entire Cascade Mountain range in Washington.
The building of the CM & PS had been a bold move, completing as it did directly with the NP, as well as the GN and UP. The, at the end of 1915, it commenced electrified operations between Deer Lodge (West of Butte) and Three Forks to Harloton, Montana and westward over the Bitter Root Mountains to Avery, Idaho, 438 miles in all. During 1917-1919, 228 additional miles, between Othello and Tacoma, Washington, were strung with overhead wires, leaving a non electrified gap of 216 miles which still remains.
The overhead distribution system carried power at 3000V-DC, produced by AC-fed sub-stations along the line. General Electric and American Locomotive produced the locomotives, which were drawbar-coupled back-to-back pairs of 2-B+ 2000hp units. Each unit weighed 280,000 pounds, and could exert a tractive effort of 53,000 pounds. Subsequently, the paired units were separated, recombined and renumbered in 3, 4 and 5 unit groups. The 34A had been 10501A until 1939, and 10229A until 1932. GE's construction number was 5374A; Americans was 55948.
Saturday, 19 September 2015
The railroad between Colombo and Badulla in Sri Lanka is a unique and scenic rail road not to be missed when traveling in Sri Lanka. There are several train a day on this unique railway line through the tea plantations and the Central Hills of Sri Lanka, one of the UNESCO Natural World Heritage sites. The railways were introduced to Sri Lanka by the then British administrators. The railway system in the hill country line is still very much British with old signal systems, railway stations more than 100 year old (still preserved). Enjoy the beauty of Sri Lanka on this scenic railway.
The Viceroy is a 100 year steam engine restored by a dedicated team of workmen attached to the Sri lanka Railway and is operated by a private company. The journey through the tea plantations in the hill country on the main line specially between Watawala and Badulla is a unique experience and a scenic ride.
The 9 Arch viaduct is situated 2 km away from Ella town along "Passara" road between "Ella" and "Demodara" Railway Stations in a small village at Gotuwala. Therefore the local people refer to the Bridge as the Gotuwala viaduct or the Nine skies (Ahas Namaye Palama in Sinhalese language). Built by the British in the early 20th century, the Nine Arcs bridge is a engineering marvels of the day. This name is used since the bridge contains of 9 arches. This bridge is 300 feet long and 25 feet wide. Located almost 3100 feet above the sea level. The bridge connects with two high lands and has been made of large cubic stones. This massive bridge is built entirely of solid rocks, bricks and cement without using a single piece of steel. The bridge was finally commissioned in 1921. One and only railway station trains travels same horizontal level in place is Demodara Railway station. There is a popular story to say that when construction work was commenced on the bridge, the World War 1 broke out and the steel consignment assigned for this site was seized and was used for war related projects. When the work came to a standstill the Sri Lankan came forward and build the bridge with solid stone bricks and cement without steel. Several Trains between Colombo/Kandy – Badualla and back pass over the bridge on a single day. This is train No 9 between Badulla and Colombo.
Friday, 4 September 2015
The Nijmegen railway bridge is a truss bridge spanning the River Waal connecting the city of Nijmegen to the town of Lent in Netherlands. Construction started in 1875, on the site of an ancient Roman bridge, and was completed 4 years later in 1879. It originally consisted of 3 truss arches. The railway bridge's construction meant that train connections to Arnhem were possible, thus Nijmegen was the last major city in the Netherlands to be connected to the national rail network. The middle arch of the bridge was destroyed twice during the Second World War but despite this it survived the conflict. The abutment was also damaged by the Germans who mounted anti-aircraft guns on each of the towers. The bridge was involved in Operation Market Garden and was intended to be a key objective for the Allies to hold. The bridge was reconstructed in 1984, still in the truss style but only one arch was kept in the design. Only the brick abutment remains from the original structure. it was instead declared a national monument. In 2004. The bridge carries 2 railway lines and is 675 metres in length.