And You Thought Your Journey To Work Was Bad…

It’s pretty likely that you travel to work by car, train or foot, as most of us do. And don’t get us wrong your daily commute can be stressful to say the least, whether you’re stuck in yet another traffic jam or your train is delayed for the third time this week.

However, there are some commuters across the globe who might make you think twice about having a little whinge each morning; and others who you’ll be a little jealous of. Perhaps. We thought we’d introduce you to a few of the world’s craziest and most bizarre forms of transport.

The Bamboo Train, Cambodia 

The ‘train’ stretches from O Dambon on the east bank running 3.7km south of Battambang’s Old Stone Bridge to O Sra Lav. Referred to as a ‘Norry’ in their native language the bamboo train is an improvised rail vehicle which reaches up to 31mph. As its colloquial name suggests the ‘cars’ are made up of a bamboo pallets set atop steel wheels and two axles.

bamboo train

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Despite its low fares, relative speed and frequency, you may want to think twice about using this for your daily commute in to the village. Okay, so it is mainly a tourist attraction of late but often used by locals since the collapse of the ‘real’ trains as a means of not only transporting people but livestock too.

Sections of the journey stretch across warped, misaligned rails, and a dizzying bridge left behind by the French. Originally powered by hand using punt poles, the ‘cars’ now run on power provided by small motorcycle engines. Oh, and another thing, there is only a single track. So if you run into another car whichever is the smaller load has to dismount in order for their drive to pull apart and lift around before continuing the journey.

Google Ferry, San Francisco 

Just another one on the long list of Google employee benefits is this Google chartered ferry. That’s right a private ferry for any Google employee to take full advantage of! Carrying approximately 150 workers at a time, ‘The Triumphant’ as it has been named is an 83 foot, Wi-Fi equipped catamaran.

According to their spokes people, this isn’t just another fancy employee benefit but is aimed to defuse simmering controversy over high-end charter buses that several tech companies use to shuttle thousands of employees to work in Silicon Valley from San Francisco.

google ferry

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Reed Boat, Peru

On Lake Titicana, which stretches between Peru and Bolivia you’ll find these magnificent reed boats. Also home to many floating villages around Southern Peru the boat is ideal for getting residents from place to place.

reed boat

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The villagers, the Uro people, use natural resources like reed to not only construct their transport like these boats but their homes too. Known by the locals as Thunupa’s they are both light and resilient and always built in the shape of dragons which are said to have been used by the ancient Incas to ward off evil. And despite their delicate appearance these eco-friendly ships can sail across vast oceans at quite some speed. .

Wuppertal Suspension Railway, Germany 

If you’re a little nervous of heights then we suggest you find an alternative route to work. This train service is the oldest (we’re not sure that exactly instils any confidence!) electric elevated railway with hanging cars in the world.

Wuppertal Suspension Railway

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The first track opened in 1901 and still continues to carry city workers and passengers daily from Oberbarmen to Vohwinkel. At a height of 12 metres above the river and 8 metres above the valley road the service carries approximately 25 million passengers annually.

Giant Escalator, Colombia 

For our final example of alternative transport we are transporting you to Medellin, Colombia. The city is the 2nd largest throughout the country and was originally known as the murder capital. Over recent years the Government and local authorities have been working towards regenerating the city and dismissing such tragic preconceptions.

Giant Escalator

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These attempts have resulted in innovative mass-transit plans, and the construction of this gigantic outdoor escalator. The mountainside slum of Comuna Trece was far too steep for vehicles and residents had to walk the equivalent of almost 30 storeys to reach it. However, now they get to travel on a 385 metre outdoor escalator.

Divided into 6 separate sections, the stairway cost £4.5million to construct and is the latest in a series of transport infrastructure to help transform the city. Free to use, the creators of the escalator hope to integrate residents with the rest of the city and the wider economy. We love the look of this one!

For A Safer Journey To Work…

…give us a call. A professional chauffeur is not only cost effective but is a stress free alternative to crowded trains, reed boats and suspension railways! Combine one of our team and our executive and business chauffeur service and you can continue to work, relaxed in the knowledge that you’ll get safely to your next appointment without disturbing your work flow. And as well as maximising your productivity you get to avoid the hassle of parking too.

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