Saturday, April 20, 2013

Industrial railroads reborn as tourist attraction in South Korea

Industrial railroads reborn as tourist attraction-The Korea Herald
In times past, trains served as the backbone of the nation’s economic development, delivering freight and coal to inland cities. As the coal industry declined and other forms of transport came into being, demand for industrial trains dwindled. 

So KORAIL, the state-run railroad operator, turned the existing rail network into a tour train line in the mid-2000s. 

“We paid attention to rising demand for rail tours, which offer room to think for people who live busy modern lives as they take in the beautiful scenery from out the window,” said Son Hyuk-ki of KORAIL. 

A group of children enjoy a scenic view from KORAIL’s ocean train. (KORAIL)
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