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  Diorama construction Thailand-Burma Railway

 

Thailand

A diorama at the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre in Kanchanaburi (fig.) shows the construction of a section (fig.) of the Thailand-Burma Railway through dense jungle and mountains. The 415 kilometer long railway was built by the Imperial Japanese Army during WW II, using forced labour.

 

A chain of labour camps was set up throughout the entire length of the envisioned track, in order to enable the camps to work towards each other simultaneously, rather than building the railway from start to finish, and thus creating the need for a large workforce.

 

  Diorama construction Thailand-Burma Railway

 

  Diorama construction Thailand-Burma Railway

 

They assembled a multi-national workforce of approximately 250,000 Asian labourers and over 60,000 Australian, British, Dutch and American prisoners of war (POWs). The light of the scale model is slowly dimmed and turned on again at regular intervals, allowing visitors to visualize how work in the camps went on 24/7.