Mandalay to the Gokteik Viaduct by train.

I left Mandalay on the 4 o’clock a.m. train heading north to go and see the Gokteik viaduct. The viaduct was the largest trestle bridge built in the world upon its completion in 1901 and still one of the biggest. It measures over a hundred meters high and covers a span of nearly 700 meters.

Climbing up through the hillside, the photograph is slightly misleading as we were probably travelling at about 10 mph !!

High speed train ride !!

View of the Goktiek Viaduct –

Gokteik Viaduct
The viaduct
Waiting at the train station for the southbound train to cross the viaduct –
Waiting for the southbound train to pass
Local school next to the train station –
School building
Here we go, train tracks still changed the old fashion way –
Still changing the tracks with levers
Southbound train arriving on the viaduct –
South bound train arriving on the viaduct
Southbound train on the viaduct
On the way across the viaduct –
Heading toward the viaduct
Starting to go over the viaduct
Going over the viaduct
Gokteik Viaduct
View from the train as we go over –
Gokteik Viaduct
Gokteik Viaduct
Looking back after we had crossed, i wonder how many tablets, phones and cameras are at the bottom of the gorge ?!-
Gokteik Viaduct


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