Heading East near Orange in New South Wales

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)

Hollycoombe’s Steam Fair, Liphook, England.

A steam train takes fairground visitors on a train ride at Hollycoombe steam fair in Liphook, England.
Hollycoombe has opened its doors to the public again this year over the Easter weekend.
It first opened in 1971 and includes a variety of Edwardian fairground rides all powered by steam.
Image Credit: Photograph by #Chris J Ratcliffe / Getty.
Source: Photos of the Week: 4/15–4/21 – The Atlantic

The Quintinshill Disaster, Scotland.

The worst railroad disaster in history occurred on 22 May, 1915 near Gretna Green, Dumfriesshire, Scotland.
It is commonly known as the Quintinshill Disaster, having been named for the location of a nearby intermediate signal box with passing loops on each side on the Caledonian Railway Main Line linking Glasgow and Carlisle.
The crash, which involved five trains, killed a probable 226 people and injured 246 others. Those killed were mainly territorial soldiers from the Royal Scots heading for Gallipoli front in the First World War.
The precise number of dead was never established with certainty as the roll list of the regiment was destroyed by the fire. The crash occurred when a troop train travelling from Larbert, Stirlingshire to Liverpool, Lancashire collided with a local passenger train that had been shunted on to the main line, to then be hit by an express train to Glasgow which crashed into the wreckage a minute later.
Gas from the lighting system of the old wooden carriages of the troop train ignited, starting a fire which soon engulfed the three passenger trains and also two goods trains standing on nearby passing loops.
A number of bodies were never recovered, having been wholly consumed by the fire. The bodies that were recovered were buried together in a mass grave in Edinburgh’s Rosebank Cemetery.
Such was the scope of the disaster that many of the rescuers wrongly assumed the trains had been targets of German saboteurs. Four bodies, believed to be of children, were never identified or claimed and are buried in the Western Necropolis, Glasgow.
The cause of the accident was poor working practices on the part of the two signalmen involved. It was discovered that the two men often colluded to falsify their records of when they relieved each other, routinely did not follow regulations properly, and engaged in other unsafe practices.
The results of the official inquiry into the disaster led to their imprisonment for culpable homicide after legal proceedings in both Scotland and England.
A memorial to the dead soldiers was erected soon after the accident. There are a number of more recent memorials at various locations.
An annual remembrance service is held at Rosebank Cemetery.
via YouRememberThat.Com – Taking You Back In Time… – 1915 Scottish Railroad Disaster.

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.