In Japan, Make Way For the Turtle Express …Seriously!


A team from Japan created a very interesting invention that you would never guess.

They improvised a way to protect our amphibious shelled friends from getting crushed by trains.

A special pathway was built by the group because turtles have an inexplicable habit of getting caught in between tracks as they try to cross the railroad.


These slow reptiles may be small, but they were reportedly responsible for 13 train disruptions in some key cities in the Japanese archipelago between 2002 and 2014. Because of the mishap, West Japan Railway Company teamed up with Suma Aqualife Park in Kobe to look for a solution. They collaborated to set up passageways placed under the tracks so the turtles can pass without putting themselves in danger as well as not to delay any train trip.



A JR West official said in an interview, “The system prevents turtles from getting into accidents and avoids causing trouble for our passengers. We hope to continue using it.”

Research was conducted to determine the cause of the incidents. They found out that the turtles tend to fall in the gaps between switches and get trapped as they try to cross the tracks. Because of this, they continue their journey between the rails and end up getting flattened by trains.

The ditches are particularly placed near the switch points and are constantly surveyed by railroad staff on a monthly basis.

Two stations in Nara received the turtle pathways in April and November.



Here’s a video below.



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