Bill and Sue-On Hillman:
A 50-Year Musical Odyssey
HILLMAN ASIA ADVENTURE 2018
11. ROAD FROM SEOUL TO THE DMZ
First Stop: The Bullet-Ridden
Locomotive at Jangdan Station
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This Rusting DMZ Steam Locomotive
Riddled With Bullets Is Symbol Of Korean War
This steam locomotive is a symbol of the tragic history
of the division into North and South Korea, having been left in the DMZ
since it got derailed by bombs during the Korean War. It is a symbol of
the tragic history of the division into North and South Korea.
More than 1020 bullet holes in the locomotive and its
bent wheels show the cruel situation at the time. This little engine that
had carried supplies for the UN effort was abandoned west of Panmunjom
in what became the demilitarized zone.
In June 2006, the engine was finally removed from the
DMZ and moved on a truck to Imjingak where it was preserved, not restored.
It is now on display at Jangdan Station near the DMZ.
The steam engine is now a rusted, gutted hulk, but
there are hopes that the two nations will someday be united and there will
be a railway line and highway connecting the two countries.
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