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 !!
View of the Goktiek Viaduct –
Waiting at the train station for the southbound train to cross the viaduct –
Local school next to the train station –
Here we go, train tracks still changed the old fashion way –
Southbound train arriving on the viaduct –
On the way across the viaduct –
Starting to go over the viaduct
View from the train as we go over –
Looking back after we had crossed, i wonder how many tablets, phones and cameras are at the bottom of the gorge ?!-