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The World's Scariest Train Rides

White Pass & Yukon Route, Alaska

Wouter Radstake

White Pass & Yukon Route, Alaska

The Ride: Built during the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898, this narrow-gauge steam train now ferries thrill-seeking tourists rather than panners and diggers. More than 450,000 visitors per year make the cliff-clinging journey, which chugs up 3,000 feet in 20 miles, and which has been deemed an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.

Insider Tip: Keep your eyes peeled for the Captain William Moore Bridge, a 110-foot-long cantilever bridge built in 1901 that the train route passes by. The bridge was ingeniously engineered to cross an active earthquake fault; only one end is anchored securely so that when the ground below shifts, the bridge isn’t wrenched apart.

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