Scenic Bridge On the River Kwai - Kanchanaburi to Nam Tok, Thailand
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member horizon seeker
N 14° 02.561 E 099° 30.313
47P E 554549 N 1552505
Quick Description: I know, in the movie they blew it up. But it's really there.
Location: Thailand
Date Posted: 3/18/2008 8:57:04 AM
Waymark Code: WM3D8V
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member IDIFers
Views: 61

Long Description:
For all the movie buffs I apologize since I know there was a great finishing image of the bridge being blown and the train dropping off into the river below. Sorry, but that bridge was built just for the movie - in another country - and the destruction staged for the cameras. The real bridge was bombed during the war, but it was rebuilt and has been used by the Thai State Railroads since the war. There are daily runs to Nam Tok - where the railway ends - and back again to Bangkok. Some people do leave from the main depot in Bangkok, but the actual historic ride begins at the River Kwai Bridge Depot (which is where I took these coords) and moves slowly across the bridge at a mandated 10kph while tourists who moments before were walking on the bridge now stand to the side and let the train pass. Once on the other side the train speeds up as it passes through small villages stopping here and there at very small whistle stops along the way. The most impressive part of the trip to Nam Tok (about 50 kilometers up the line) is crossing the Wampo Viaduct which seemed to cling precariously to the side of the mountain while you look out the window to see the long drop to the river below. The original railway line continued up into Burma covering a distance of more than 400 kilometers. Today the line ends at Nam Tok. Here you can deboard and visit a nearby waterfall or travel on by car to Hellfire Pass. Or reboard and ride back to town.
Engine Type: Diesel

Gauge of Railway: Standard Gage

Approximate Adult Fare: 100.00 (listed in local currency)

Approximate Child Fare: 100.00 (listed in local currency)

Type: Spur (out and back)

Length of Route: 31 miles

Dates of Operation: From: 1/1/2008 To: 12/31/2008

Key Attractions:
Bridge on the River Kwai Wampo Viaduct Listening to the creak & groan of the tracks laid by POWs over 60 years ago Riding on wooden seats with the windows open to let in the air local vendors in the aisles selling Thai treats and souvenirs


Railroad Website: [Web Link]

Frequency of departures: Not listed

Does this Scenic Railroad Provide: Brunch, Lunch or Dinner Trains?: Not Listed

Visit Instructions:

Provide a picture of something with the train. Possible photos include the entertainment on board the train, the train itself at any location along the route, a picture of the scenery with part of the train in view, the kids borrowing the engineer’s hat. Show us you had a good time visiting the train. If the train isn't running when you visit get a photo of one of the many railway related items that can be found in locations like this.

Search for...
Geocaching.com Google Map
Google Maps
MapQuest
Bing Maps
Nearest Waymarks
Nearest Scenic Railroads
Nearest Geocaches
Nearest Benchmarks
Create a scavenger hunt using this waymark as the center point
Recent Visits/Logs:
Date Logged Log User Rating  
mainarit visited Scenic Bridge On the River Kwai - Kanchanaburi to Nam Tok, Thailand 3/29/2014 mainarit visited it
geenef visited Scenic Bridge On the River Kwai - Kanchanaburi to Nam Tok, Thailand 5/9/2012 geenef visited it
Morse Persévérant visited Scenic Bridge On the River Kwai - Kanchanaburi to Nam Tok, Thailand 2/10/2011 Morse Persévérant visited it
horizon seeker visited Scenic Bridge On the River Kwai - Kanchanaburi to Nam Tok, Thailand 3/20/2008 horizon seeker visited it
run26.2 visited Scenic Bridge On the River Kwai - Kanchanaburi to Nam Tok, Thailand 7/25/2006 run26.2 visited it

View all visits/logs