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The River Kwai


Floating hotel rooms on one side and the Burma - Thailand Railway on the other as the Kwai rolls down towards Kanchanaburi.

The Railway was also known as the Death Railway as it was constructed by forced labour under the control of the Japanese in World War II. About 180,000 Asian labourers and Allied Prisoners of War were involved in the building of it, with some 90,000 labourers and 16,000 Prisoners of War dieing during it's construction. The railway clings to the side of the Kwai gorge and in places rides over wooden trestles projecting from the side. The river is crossed at the town of Kanchanaburi by the famous Bridge over the River Kwai.

The River Kwai


Floating hotel rooms on one side and the Burma - Thailand Railway on the other as the Kwai rolls down towards Kanchanaburi.

The Railway was also known as the Death Railway as it was constructed by forced labour under the control of the Japanese in World War II. About 180,000 Asian labourers and Allied Prisoners of War were involved in the building of it, with some 90,000 labourers and 16,000 Prisoners of War dieing during it's construction. The railway clings to the side of the Kwai gorge and in places rides over wooden trestles projecting from the side. The river is crossed at the town of Kanchanaburi by the famous Bridge over the River Kwai.

comments (9)

  • Alan Rolfe
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Jan 2009, 08:54
As soon as saw this, I thought this is not Liverpool or the Mersey area! Then I saw the title and then the railway and immediately thought of the Death Railway. Gorge-ous (groan) scenery but hiding such a terrible history.
Les Auld: Very astute Alan smile, thought I would have a small change but normal service will be resumed soon. This was taken from the train on the railway itself, it does give you another persective on it.
Am I right in thinking that the trains no longer cross into Burma as the regime there has closed the border?

A classic film.
Les Auld: It does finnish short of the border now Bill, I rode up to the terminus and got a coach back to Kanchanaburi.
Great instructive too ! I'd like to be there ! Very interresting
Les Auld: One of the most interesting places I have been to Zeb, thanks for the comment.
Great picture, good subject.
Les Auld: Thanks David, appreciate the comment.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Jan 2009, 10:17
This is a very striking scene Les - and so different from your usual locations!
Ingrid
Les Auld: Some times you just have to have a change Ingrid, thanks for the comment.
What a nice picture of a beautiful river. Thank you for the info on the history of the railway.
Les Auld: My pleasure Andre, thanks for the comment.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 17 Jan 2009, 13:58
Great capture Les
Les Auld: Thanks Vintagesmile
Very good picture Les as is the one of the bridge on your link.
Les Auld: Thanks Brian, the original is not too good but Topaz Adjust really helped me to recover a reasonable image.
Gorgeous image bringing back great historical memories!
Les Auld: Thanks Richard.

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