These Photos Of The Longest Train Ride Of India Will Take Your Breath Way
Photographer Ed Hanley recently visited India and undertook a train journey from Dibrugarh, Assam to Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu. The 4,273 kilometre journey is the longest train ride in India.
Hanley published a photo-essay on the 85-hour journey. Here are a few of his best pictures, with Hanley’s accompanying captions.
7:07am, Trivandrum Central, Kerala.
A glimpse into a packed unreserved (aka Second Class) car at Vellore Railway Station, Tamil Nadu.
An amputee makes his way along the tracks outside Guwahati Junction, Assam.
Left: A young acrobat boarded the train at Jagiroad, Assam, performing an astonishing floor routine of tumbles and cartwheels down the aisle, hoping for donations.
A snacks vendor prepares for a rolling disembarkation near Asansol, West Bengal.
Left: Morning light at Asansol Railway Station, West Bengal.
On the train, you can eat, drink tea…
Look out the window…
Watch…Charlie Chaplin movies?
Right: Mr Upper Berth, Feb 2016, outside Cuttack, Odisha.
A boy begs for money between cars at Guwahati Junction, Assam.
So, what is there to do for 85 hours on a train? No shortage of things, it turns out, especially shopping.
Where railway ties are born, outside Cuttack, Odisha.
Evening on a trestle bridge across the Mahanadi River in Odisha.
Left: An RPF officer guards the door of the 3 tier AC car outside Diphu, Assam.
Train #15906 cruises ever southwards, less than 1 hour outside Kanyakumari
Left: Just hanging out, watching the world go by…
Morning commute, Neyyattinkara, Kerala.
End of the line.
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