The Famous Bridge over the River Kwai Part lll
This video (below) will take you on a train ride over the famous Bridge over the River Kwai. Then we will continue to Lum Sum before we arrive at Hellfire Pass.
Lum Sum Rail Way Park – Past the Famous Bridge River Kwai
When you get close to Kanchanaburi you begin to appreciate the serene beauty of the area that goes along with the very brutal history. On the way to Hell Fire Pass you see more of this beauty.
You begin to understand the reasons why they called it the ‘Death Rail Way’ when you see the memorials and notice how difficult the terrain is to build this railroad. It’s in the middle of the wilds of the jungle. The Prisoners of War did not have adequate food, medicine or even proper tools to build this railroad. It’s a beautiful area now but back in W.W. 2, it was just about surviving.
Difficult Area to Build a Railway
The train goes all the way to Nom Tok (close but not over the Burma border) but there is very little here to see except for the River Kwai and the history.
Hot Temperatures for Building a Railroad
It’s a steam bath here and the only thing around are a few towns and the river. I’m here in January, the middle of winter, and it was 96 degrees outside! I saw the forecast for mid Jan. 2016 and its 99 degrees.
The railway work area was miles long! Prisoner of war chiseled the rock to make the passes and building the structures (photo above) or laying track (photo below). The Prisoners used their hands and hammers to cut through the solid rock. With the jungle on one side and the river on the other you’d think it was an impossible task. The heat and humidity in this part of the world is scorching no matter what time of year. The Japanese were extremely abusive toward the prisoners, whipping, throwing rocks from above, beatings and even breaking their limbs and leaving them for dead.