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Ten railways considered among the most spectacular and dangerous in the world

Bridges over the water, dizzying heights and thrilling slopes. There are railway lines in the world considered among the most spectacular and dangerous in the world and also have names that just hearing them gives you goosebumps.

The "Nariz del Diablo" and the "Death Railway" among the scariest to travel for example. Other railway lines, on the other hand, simply boast stretches of track built in the most fearless places and immersed in nature.

Let's discover the 10 railway lines that we would probably like to avoid traveling in life.

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Bridges over the water, dizzying heights and thrilling slopes. There are railway lines in the world considered among the most spectacular and dangerous in the world and also have names that just hearing them gives you goosebumps.  Other railway lines, on the other hand, simply boast stretches of track built in the most fearless places and immersed in nature. Let's discover the 10 railway lines that we would probably like to avoid traveling in life. Or maybe not...
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White Pass And Yukon Route (Alaska)
This famous scenic line was built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush. During its run it faces a vertical drop of 915 meters in height in just 32 km (20 miles), with a gradient of about 4%. The train runs along bridges and viaducts close to deep precipices, allowing travelers to observe the unspoiled nature of these places.
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Tren a las Nubes (Argentina)
This beautiful and terrifying railway line is located in the province of Saltia, on the border with Chile, and is so named because the train travels over 4000 meters above sea level. Since 2016, the section has only been partially open and of the original 217 km, only 24 km can be covered, from San Antonio de los Cobres to the La Polvorillaviaduct. It is currently one of the highest railways in the world, as well as one of the most dangerous to travel.
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Pilatus Railway (Switzerland)
It is a historic electric rack railway line, inaugurated in 1989. It connects the city of Alpnachstad to Pilatus, the highest mountain in the Swiss Prealps near Lucerne. Today it is the steepest rack railway in the world, with a gradient of about 48%.
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Nariz del Diablo (Ecuador)
It is a trans-Andean line that connects the countries of Alausì and Sibambe. The route runs along 12 km facing differences in height of over 500 meters, while the tracks run alongside steep cliffs. Due to the extremely steep morphology of the mountain that did not allow the construction of normal curves to get around it, the train proceeds in the opposite direction with respect to that of travel, creating a zigzagpath.
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Gokteik Viaduct (Myanmar)
It is a spectacular railway bridge of almost 700 meters over 100 meters above the ground, built in the early '900. Every time they pass through it, trains must slow down at walking pace to prevent their oscillatory movement from damaging it. An extreme experience, which leaves travelers with bated breath, but which offers breathtaking scenery.
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Burma Railway (Thailand)
This line was built by the Japanese army during World War II. It is also known as the "Death Railway", because of the more than 100,000 prisoners of war and slaves who died during its construction. The train leaves from the outskirts of Bangkok and goes all the way to Nam Tok.
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Georgetown Loop Railroad , Colorado
This tourist train passes through the rock formations of Clear Creek, County connecting the towns of Georgetown and Silver Plume. It has a length of about 7 km and overcomes a difference in altitude of about 195 meters passing over several bridges and viaducts giving travelers the impression that the train travels suspended above the valley.
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Chennai Express (India)
This line runs along the Pamban Bridge, a bridge built literally in the middle of the sea that connects the mainland to the island of Rameswaram. The train runs entirely along the 2 km bridge, making this route one of the most dangerous railways in the world.
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Argo Gede Train Railroad (Indonesia)
It is one of the most touristic routes in Indonesia and connects the cities of Bandung and Jakarta. The most dangerous part of the whole route is the passage on the steel bridge of Cikurutug, the one shown in the photo.
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Ferro Carril Central Andino (Peru)
This historic route, nicknamed FCCA, crosses the Andes chain and is the second highest railroad in the world, as well as the highest in America. In fact, the highest station reaches 4782 meters above sea level. During its journey of more than 300 km from Callao to Huancayo, the train crosses 58 bridges, 69 tunnels and 6 hairpin bends.
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