They are in unusual places.
Most people are accustomed to what looks like the classic railway. But actually, as it turns out, may be possible. There are places where train tracks run directly under Windows of houses, in the middle of the sea, and even on the runway. And this is not a complete list of automotive unusual.
1. Train passing through the section Blumenschau
When I first was going to build a railroad near Auburn, CA (in the early 1860-ies), it seemed impossible because we had to build a 30-meter tall and 150-metre long wooden trestle bridge over a deep ravine, and “cut path” in the local hills. Bluminskiy when the cut was completed in 1864, it was hailed as the “eighth wonder of the world”. Surprisingly, the section of the railway through the hill, has been preserved until now.
2. A train passing through a residential building
Due to the unique topography and high density of Chongqing, one of the most populated cities in China, architects and town planners had to come up with a unique way of development is vital to the city’s monorail line. Their decision surprised the world – trains pass right through a 19-storey residential building. From the North, East and South the town is surrounded by Daba mountain, Wushan and Wulin Dala, a large part of the urban area in fact lies on the mountain slopes.
This, combined with the lack of space due to high population density (the population is about 49 million), led to the fact that infrastructure development has become a real problem. In 2004, during the continuation of a branch of the monorail before the authorities faced a problem: either to demolish the whole house and make room for the monorail, either to make a tunnel right through the house. In the end we chose the second option.
3. A train passing through a narrow street
Almost always at the entrance to the railway there are special signals and gates that warn pedestrians and drivers of approaching trains. However, what if the rails are within a few steps from the front door. Such can be seen in Hanoi. On a busy street in the old quarter of the city in people live and work side by side with the train tracks that pass just a meter away from the walls. The shops here are closed during passage of trains.
4. Train passing through the top of the dam
Hindenburgdamm is an 11 km long dam between the island of Sylt and the mainland of Germany. It was opened in 1927, exclusively for the railway. Before the dam was built, communication with the island depended on the “mercy” of the tides, and in winter the Wadden sea froze completely, making the crossing impossible.
The crossing took about six hours, and under adverse weather and tidal conditions took even longer. In the end, it was decided to build a railway embankment, through which today pass every day more than 100 trains. 50 of them carry cars, as Sylt has no roads.
5. The project of the 21,000-kilometer railway from China to USA
China plans to build an ambitious rail line with a length of 21 000 km to run bullet trains to America through Russia. The crossing of the Bering Strait between Russia and Alaska involves the construction of a 200-kilometer underwater tunnel beneath the Pacific ocean.
The proposed railway line will start in China, go through Siberia, under the Bering Strait, through Alaska and Canada and will end in the United States. The Chinese are counting on the fact that the trains on this line can reach speeds of 350 km/h, which will allow passengers to travel from China to the United States in less than two days. Russia’s consent has been obtained.
6. The world’s longest railway tunnel
The longest and the world’s deepest railway tunnel was officially opened in Switzerland in 2016, after two decades of construction work. 57-kilometer Gotthard base tunnel provides high-speed rail link through the Alps between Northern and southern Europe. In the second place is for 53.9-kilometer-long Japanese railway tunnel Seikan, and the third is a 50.5-km channel tunnel linking the channel tunnel Britain and France.
7. The train going through the spiral viaduct
In the Swiss municipality of Brusio you can find devyatietazhnyj single-track railway bridge, which is bent with a loop. Like most spiral tracks, it was built to change the height of railway tracks. The length of the viaduct is 110 metres and the longitudinal slope of 7%.
8. A train passing by the runway
The regional airport of Gisborne is located on the Western outskirts of Gisborne in New Zealand. This is one of the few airports in the world where you can see the railway line crossing the runway. Here the trains stop in front of GDP during takeoff and landing of planes. In Vinyards airport in Tasmania also had a railway crossing on the runway, but due to the fact that it is almost completely stopped using rail transport, the route was closed in early 2005.
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