Maeklong Railway Market.


Maeklong Railway Market, located in Samut Songkhram, Thailand, around 37 miles west of Bangkok, looks like any other open-air market in Asia.
There are tropical fruits and vegetables such as lychee, durian, and mango in big brightly colored piles, variety of dried spices, pastes and herbs, freshly caught seafood and other local foods.
The crowd weave their way around in between vendors, picking up whatever they need for the day. The market is sheltered by low-hanging awnings/umbrellas and if you look closely, you will notice that you are actually walking on train rails.
Then a piercing siren sounds and in a flash the market transforms – the shoppers disappear and the stallholders whip away their produce.
One moment you see the locals shopping for their vegetables and the next moment the vendors will scoop up their baskets and boxes and anything that lies over the track.
The market comes to a standstill as all the vendors hold on to the poles supporting their awnings to make way for the train to pass.
It is such a tight squeeze that the train travelling at about 15mph almost touches the fruits, vegetables and everything else at the marketplace as it passes through.
Photo Credit: Josh
Read more via Maeklong Railway Market: Marketplace With a Railway Track Through it | Amusing Planet.

Train In The Frozen Woods.

It’s a rare occurrence when the forest is wearing such enchanting colors, so I jumped at the opportunity and get there to eternalize that.
The forest retained its beauty all day, because of the cold, -5 degrees Celsius.
Only the narrow gauge broke the silence sometimes.


See more great images via I Spent A Whole Day In The Frozen Woods To Capture This Magnificent Winter View Of The Nearby Hills | Bored Panda

Trains of North Korea.

Pyongyang Metro Station

Puhung Station in Pyongyang (photograph by John Pavelka)
Experts believe the majority of passengers and cargo get around by means of the country’s extensive railway network.
Rail infrastructure may be one of the only measures of economic development where North Korea outranks the South,
In 2009, the CIA reported about 5,200 km of railroad track across North Korea’s 46,000 square miles, compared to 3,300 kilometers in the South.
Kim Il-Sung, who founded the country in 1948 and ruled until his death in 1994, was a big fan of train travel.
His son, Kim Jong Il, was famously afraid of flying. He was reported to have six personal trains, which he deployed in convoys of three to travel among his 19 private rail stations around the country.
According to state media, he died while on one of these train trips in 2011. Kim Jong-Un has broken with tradition, choosing to travel in a Russian made IL-62 — a passenger jet comparable to a 747.
For those not traveling with the Presidential entourage, rail accommodations range from Soviet chic to homemade death trap.
A Soviet M62 diesel locomotive in use in North Korea (photograph by Clay Gilliland).
Pyongyang Railway Station, with a Soviet-era diesel procured from the GDR (photograph by Clay Gilliland)
At the death trap end of the spectrum are improvised train cars people use to move themselves and goods around the countryside.
Essentially they are homemade carts and platforms, sometimes powered by old tractor or motorcycle engines, and rigged to run on existing rail lines.
via The Planes, Soviet Trains, and Rare Automobiles of North Korea | Atlas Obscura.

Great Train Graveyard.


by Nicholas Jackson (Admin)
It’s a cemetery for trains, for locomotives. And it’s so big that it looks as though all of the trains in South America were moved to Uyuni, Bolivia, to chug their last chug.
Filled with hollowed out bodies that have completely rusted over and other remains, the “Great Train Graveyard” can be found on the otherwise deserted outskirts of Uyuni, a small trading region high in the Andean plain.
Uyuni has long been known as an important transportation hub in South America and it connects several major cities.
In the early 19th century, big plans were made to build an even bigger network of trains out of Uyuni, but the project was abandoned because of a combination of technical difficulties and tension with neighboring countries.
The trains and other equipment were left to rust and fade out of memory.
Most of the trains that can be found in the Graveyard date back to the early 20th century and were imported from Britain.
In other places in the world, the mighty steel trains would have held up better.
The salt winds that blow over Uyuni, which hosts the world’s largest salt plain, have corroded all of the metal.
Without guards or even a fence, these pieces were picked over and vandalized long ago.
Edited by: SkareMedia (Author), Dylan (Admin), Allison (Admin), EricGrundhauser (Editor)
via Great Train Graveyard | Atlas Obscura.

“Railway for the Dead”.

Photo via Getty Images
Actually the East Coast Railway Victorian Express locomotive, not the London Necropolis Railway, but it looks creepy.
Here’s a properly creepy image to get you into the spirit of Halloween:
From 1854 to 1941, London had a railway line just for the transportation of the dead and the mourning.
It was appropriately named the London Necropolis Railway—the most ominous ticket stub imaginable.
Amanda Ruggeri—who previously wrote about the London Underground and its supposed relationship to the city’s ancient plague pits—explores the history of this very real railway, which was dedicated to ferrying the deceased (as well as anybody who missed them and wanted a visit) from the city to Surrey’s Brookwood Cemetery.
By the middle of the 1800s, London’s burial grounds were gruesomely close to bursting at the seams, necessitating the creation of suburban cemeteries like Brookwood.
But they had to make them practical for Londoners to use—hence, the railway.
Source: London Once Had a Railway Exclusively for the Dead and Their Loved Ones 

“Heading East.”

This train is cutting a swathe through the bush as it heads east through the countryside of central west New South Wales, near Orange.
Image Credit: Photograph by ABC Open contributor lllsteffenlll
Source: Heading east – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)