This was part of the railway laid by the thousands of POWs during the second world war. Called the Death Railway due to the horrific number of prisoners that died under the extremely harsh conditions in which they were forced to work as slave labour for the Japanese. Much of the railway was laid through jungle, in places huge cuttings had to be carved out of the rock. In this particular place the prisoners had to lay tressles to enable the railway to continue around a cliff face. Their handiwork even today still carries the train. Nowadays of course, the train doesn't carry japanese war materials to Burma but loads of sightseers and tourists. It just so happened that the train I got on was packed with boy scouts and girl guides coming back from a camp. The name "death railway" seemed to take on a new meaning as the boys hung out of the doors and windows with little regard for their own personal safety.
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AmiBe (6042) 2005-08-15 7:02
good picture, excellent POV.
I like all the faces out of the train.
This train seems not very safety.
ninix (957) 2005-08-15 7:12
This is a very special picture on a special day.
Today in Holland we remember the end of the war in Indonesia.
My father also was a POW and worked at the Pakan Baru railway on Sumatra. Before that he survived the sinking of the Junyu Maru, maybe the biggest ships disater in history. He is still alive and I am happy that I can give you this feedback.
Elise_d (1943) 2005-08-15 7:46
This is an amazing pov paul. I really like the result. Beautiful compo; thanks for sharing.
leonorkuhn (16235) 2005-08-15 8:22
Nice capture! Good POV. This represent the most populous, most diverse continent of the world. Good lightness and Depth of field. Well done.
Ina (2687) 2005-08-15 9:06
This is just perfect... Colors, light and composition is all top job...I love this exelent picture... TFS...Ina...
kevinos (7403) 2005-08-15 11:46
A wondeful picture of the bridge at Kanchanaburi. I didn't think is was possible to picture it in a fresh way. but you have done it.The faces of the kids leaning out are wondeful and they add to the feeling that the train is just about to topple over.Great!
wishnugaruda (1305) 2005-08-15 12:09
a wonderful photo - very impressive.
I like the perfect POV and the nice faces.
We also can see the construction of the railroad ties. Very well done.
It brings nice memories back to me, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda
timleahy (2195) 2005-08-15 12:16
Wow! what a picture! very good composition, good colours and lighting. And of course the obligatory V sign! The angle of those carriages and the people hanging out of them really gives the impression that they might all fall over that cliff!!!
ninadev (5377) 2005-08-15 12:19
A pic with a story, I like that. The POV is really great and the small tilt makes the train look as it is even more dangerous.
efimoore (2126) 2005-08-15 12:27
Good dynamic in the picture. Well composed. Makes you curious what is this place and your note covers the story. Good Catch!
rbcy1974 (20758) 2005-08-15 12:34
Great composition, I like the tilting in the train and the progression of faces from front to back.
Very good and original.
Serry (108) 2005-08-15 14:13
Very good pic
i love it
naxius (16685) 2005-08-15 14:48
Wow! Ca doit bouger pas mal sur ce pont et il ne faut pas avoir le vertige!!
Ils sont malades??
Vraiment une belle photo, j'aime beaucoup..
Luan (12971) 2005-08-15 17:37
incredible shot, I like this PoV, it's a bit dangerous tho shoot in these conditions ;o).
Very nice shot
geist_21 (664) 2005-08-16 1:33
Indeed doesn't look very safe, and I bet you had to wait for a while until you managed a nice curve like this to catch this very good POV. I guess it is not very easy to perform a photo like this, and the result is quite good
Coyotyto (1305) 2005-08-16 5:25
Really nice compo with this tilted train. I like how the people are more and more present closer to you. Seems like if more were coming the train would have fallen over. Interesting note too, thanks !
Youssef, coming back ...
bnallama (3763) 2005-08-17 18:50
Hi Paul, I remember being on this train! What lovely POV and capture!! I like all this people looking at you, looking somewhere and faces of local plus some tourist. A very good one from you..
jmdaoudal (82) 2005-08-19 6:29
this is a great one with a camera perfectly in hand for this framing.
The choice of a important depth is excellent and this gives a nice human and machine perspective.
Great quality of all restitutions;
I like it very much
Cricri (110295) 2005-08-19 15:26
Bonjour Paul, excellent POV, trés bon travail, amitié, cricri
paolino (1024) 2005-08-21 8:22
It's simply a great shot. Depth of field and POV are excellent. Looking at this picture, I agree with you about the meaning of "death railway".
devimeuxbe (58557) 2005-08-23 5:45
Very nice POV. All is sharp, nice colors too.
Very nice picture.
danbachmann (1746) 2005-08-25 6:43
Everything is perfect here! The leaning of the train and all the faces looking at you make this a thrilling ride. I dream to follow in your tracks traveling from Eastern Europe to Japan by rail and sea.
kiara (410) 2005-08-25 12:10
I like the feeling of your picture: travelling together
Burberry1 (6041) 2005-10-25 5:30
great shot Paul, perfect idea and effect.
I like the angle which shows the curve and other wagons.
Very well done and greetings,
Flavia (10352) 2006-05-12 8:50
Very intresting shot, we have the sensation that the train is going to turn and fall in the valley. The boys are very interesting. Yu seized a good moment for the picture.
rubisheikh (77) 2007-04-29 17:03
Very intresting shot, Good lightness and Depth of field. Well done.
asajernigan (21382) 2007-07-12 14:51
Nice photo with an excellent note! Your composition and POV are great with nice sharpness and detail. The lighting and colors are fine as well.
twofun (1480) 2007-07-12 14:58
face emotions and perspective very good.
spydi (0) 2008-03-11 2:50
that is great composition, a lot of models here, look out your head ;)
faubry (35405) 2009-08-01 1:58
a very good photo reportage here, really i like this long diagonale;
- Copyright: paul Artus (paulartus) (832)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-02-14
- Categories: Transportation
- Camera: Minolta Dimage A1
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Singapore to London overland
- Date Submitted: 2005-08-15 6:45
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