The construction of the 420-kilometre railway between Ban Pong in Thailand and Thanbyuzayat in Burma led to the deaths of 2,700 Australians, and more than 12,000 Allied soldiers.
How many British soldiers died building the Burma railway?
Between 180,000 and 250,000 civilian laborers and over 60,000 Allied prisoners of war were subjected to forced labour during its construction.
Prisoner of war workers and deaths on the Burma Railway, 1942–1945.
|Country of origin||UK, British India or crown colony|
|Number of deaths||6,904|
What happened at the Thai Burma Railway?
In the 1980s Australian ex-POWs returned to Thailand and reclaimed Hellfire Pass from the jungle which had swallowed it when the Burma-Thailand railway was demolished after World War II. The cutting soon became a site of memory for many Australians, particularly on Anzac Day.
What was the timeframe for finishing the Death Railway?
Life and death on the railway
The railway took 12 months to build, with final completion on 16 October 1943. Rather than start at both ends and meet in the middle, the Japanese made full use of their enormous workforce by setting up more than 100 camps along the route and building sections of the line simultaneously.
How do I get to Kanchanaburi by train?
Bangkok to Kanchanaburi Tourist Train – Weekends and Holidays Only
- 06:30 – the train departs Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong station. …
- 07:40 – Train arrives at Nakhon Pathom. …
- 09:27 – Train arrives in Kanchanaburi. …
- 09:35 – Arrive at River Kwai Bridge station and stop for about 20-25 minutes.