The theme letter for our travel pics this week is R – for Railways.
To end this week, a sombre reflection – from near Kanchanaburi, Thailand.
This railway station is in the village of Wang Po, just a few kilometres from the JEATH museum (which memorialises Allied POWs who were imprisoned there), the Bridge over the River Kwai, and is on part of the infamous Burma Railway – a line which Japanese invaders wanted built to supply their soldiers across South East Asia.
The whole line was never completed – but parts of it have been, and its possible to travel along it while in Kanchanaburi, paying respects.
The sign at the station’s a reminder that for every sleeper laid on the line, a man lost his life .. Allied POWs, Thai ‘indentured servants’ (read slaves), and Burmese peasants forced at gunpoint to build the railway.