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Bridge over the River Kwai

 

A few kilometres from the town of  Kanchanaburi in Thailand is the Bridge over the River Kwai. Built during the Second World War by the Japanese to link the Thai and Burmese railways.  About 100,000 conscripted Asian labourers and 16,000 prisoners of war died on the whole project.

Today it is a much visited place in Thailand, memorials to the dead  and a small museum relating the story of the Burma Railway are near-by.

It is still in use but the line is terminated close to Burma as that country is closed at the border.

What is strange is the tourists who are standing on the bridge as the train travels over it, it looks like the platforms on the pillars have been deliberately provided as refuges. The Health and Safety Police would have a field day if this was in the UK.

Bridge over the River Kwai

 

A few kilometres from the town of  Kanchanaburi in Thailand is the Bridge over the River Kwai. Built during the Second World War by the Japanese to link the Thai and Burmese railways.  About 100,000 conscripted Asian labourers and 16,000 prisoners of war died on the whole project.

Today it is a much visited place in Thailand, memorials to the dead  and a small museum relating the story of the Burma Railway are near-by.

It is still in use but the line is terminated close to Burma as that country is closed at the border.

What is strange is the tourists who are standing on the bridge as the train travels over it, it looks like the platforms on the pillars have been deliberately provided as refuges. The Health and Safety Police would have a field day if this was in the UK.

comments (5)

Funny picture and interresting too, make me remember about a famous moovie !
Les Auld: Thanks Zeb.
A bridge shared by railway trains and pedestrians. I love the idea! I wonder if it makes the train drivers keep their speed down like mixer courts are supposed to do for motorists in the UK?
Les Auld: Thanks Ian, interesting concept, the trains do go very slowly across the bridge.
Very interesting to see this Les. I remember the film well. My dad was in Burma during the war but luckily never ended up in a pow camp.
Les Auld: Thanks for the comemnt Bill
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 17 Oct 2007, 20:11
Maybe it is just a limited shot, but the bridge looks so itsy bitsy that it is hard to believe that so many people died building it. It looks so peaceful now.

Great shot and composition.
Les Auld: Thanks Louis.
Excellent capture of such an infamous bridge. All the best, Dave.

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