to perpetuate the memory and history of our dead

8e. Wang Po Trestle

Japanese Railway Engineer Futamatsu describes his wonderment and fascination when he first glimpsed the limestone outcropping at what he calls Arrow Hill and today is known as the Wang Po. He was on a boat traveling upriver to visit the surveyors who were marking the TBR path. He says that he immediately was driven to make sketches of the trestle that would have to be built to circumvent this obstacle. About 50 Kms farther back, at Khoa Poon (near the current Chung Kai CWGC cemetery, the engineer teams had to make to small ‘cuttings’ through similar limestone, but this was the first major obstacle that the TBR encountered at about the 111 Km mark. Records say that this 400 meter multi-level trestle was completed in about two weeks by 2000 British POWs and romusha laborers.

Since the portion of the railway beyond Kanchanaburi was reopened in 1957, the Wang Po stop has become one of the most popular for the tourists. The daily trains, carrying almost exclusively tourists, continue on for another 10 Kms or so to Nam Tok before returning to Bangkok via Kanchanaburi. Rather than ride to Nam Tok many tourists get off at Wang Po and explore the market palce, the trestle, the nearby cave which today contains Buddhist statues but was used by the Japanese as a shelter and for storage. Certainly, this trestle / viaduct is one of the most photographed places in all of Thailand.

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