Brazil's Devil's Railway gets new lease of life





It was the early 1900s and American Percival Farquhar was a man with a mission, determined to succeed where others before him had failed.

The wealthy entrepreneur from Pennsylvania had been granted the concession by the Brazilian government to build a railway to help transport rubber from Brazil and landlocked Bolivia to the outside world.

It would be the third attempt to lay rail tracks in this part of the Amazon rainforest, where treacherous rapids made sections of the Madeira and Mamore Rivers unnavigable.

Recent years have seen some moves towards restoring parts of the railway.

In 2005, it was listed by Brazil's National Institute of Artistic and Historical Heritage (IPHAN).

Recent years have seen some moves towards restoring parts of the railway.

In 2005, it was listed by Brazil's National Institute of Artistic and Historical Heritage (IPHAN)....



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