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The Death Railway

No, not the NWP, but a similar railway in terms of construction difficulty, both due to weather (rain), and difficult terrain. About 260 miles, 1000 mm or 39.375" gauge.

Unlike the NWP, much WW II POW and slave labor used for construction. Over 12,000 men died during construction due to malnutrition, physical abuse, malaria, cholera, dysentery, etc. Many who didn't work themselves to death were beaten to death for not working fast enough

Today, this railway remains a vital link from Bangkok to northwestern Thailand, with daily service in at least one direction. We rode an 80 mile segment, at speeds up to about 50 MPH. Track is fairly well maintained. Mostly concrete ties and CWR, with jointed rail at block insulators.

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