Published On: Tue, Aug 13th, 2013

Specialfeature – World’s Highest Railway stations

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Railways is the largest possible medium which has an essential role in the human lives with regard to travel for business, pleasure or otherwise. In a vast country like India, railway connects millions of people on daily basis from every corner to their destinations.
We should thank the British for their brains behind this wonderful invention and contribution to the world. In the early centuries, mountains, hills and plains were used to build railways to connect people in the British colonies. Hill stations like Simla, Darjeeling enjoyed the privilege of railways , which the Brits gifted with love. China, Brazil and India have many mountain railways which would be interesting to take a look.


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World’s highest mountains are in the Himalayas, hence the highest railway station too, which is in Tibet’s Tanggula. It is 5068 mt(16,627 ft) high from sea level.
It was commissioned in 1984 and 2006 and the railway was constructed to connect Tibet and Kinkauwi’s Kasingne province for travel and trading purposes. The rail route has been extended to accommodate Beijing to Lhasa. It passes through the highest Tanggula pass and also through the highest Schengauchen tunnel(16,093ft). It is a wonder that 80% of this pass has been constructed above 13,000 ft with 675 bridges to connect them. Tanggula pass has three tracks and one platform for it’s 1.25 km railway station. 16 train services serve this station.

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The passengers need to use oxygen masks, as in aeroplanes, while travelling in these trains due to the high altitude.


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Gallera railway station is in Peru’s  Andes mountain ranges , at a height of  15,694ft.  The railway  lines were opened in 1893 . Due to  terrorist  threats, the railway station was closed from 1992 to 2003. This is near Ticilio railway station. It’s a small station which caters  to tourist services only.


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This railway station at Jungfrau in Switzerland, at a height of 11,338 ft, is of a different kind. This highest railway station in the Alps which is known as” top of Europe”. The 2 ½ hour journey to the top by the luxury train gives a spectacular view of almost all of Europe. The train rolls through the 7.3 km long tunnel from Interlaken to Jungfrau. It took 16 years to complete the construction of this line, which started in 1896. 30 tons of dynamite was used in the making which had many casualities during the blasting works.
An observatory, radio station and restaurants are within the railway station to cater to the tourists. The train service starts from Scheidegg station and takes 50 minutes to reach the top.


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The third highest railway station is Peru’s Condor railway station at a height of 4818 mtr situated in the Andien mountains.
Before Tangulla’s no. 1 position of being the highest railway station, Ticilio was holding no. 2 and Condor no 1. positions.
The railway line was commissioned in 1893, with the sole intention for commercial purpose of transporting cement and minerals.
But the scenic beauty of Andes mountains led to starting tourist train services between Lima and Hyuankayo for tourists to enjoy .
There are about eight tunnels which includes Megus tunnel at the height of 15,692 ft along this railway line.


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Gaurnergrant is in Switzerland’s Sermat near to Gaurner gladier. It is in the rocky part of Alps ,at the height of 10, 285 ft. You can get the beautiful view of 29 mountains of Alps.
The hotel near the station is supposed to be one of it’s kind. The train starts from Sermat in every 24 minutes, and reaches 2400 people in an hour along the 9 km rail track to the top.


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The second highest railway station in the world today is Condor in Bolivia. 15,702 ft high from ground level.
The 440 ft long Ria moolatod-Pottody railway line passes through this pass. This rail service is mainly used to transport lead, zinc and silver ore from the Pottody mines to different parts of the country. There are no passenger service trains in this route and due to the altitude and low oxygen level, they have services only thrice a week . The workers chew cocoa leaves while commuting to prevent high altitude sickness. Yet there are people who choose these sort of jobs for their livelihood.


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