Danger on the Rails

This is our entry in The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Danger!

In November 2014, we rode a narrow gauge local train between Sardargarh and  Phulad, a distance of 44 kilometers (about 27 miles), in the state of Rajasthan, India. For the beginning half of the trip, we sat on bench seats next to a window and took pictures. Each train window had 4 horizontal metal bars, which were not a problem, because our camera was small enough to fit between the bars.  However, as the scenery grew more interesting, we were invited to sit on the steps for an unobstructed view – which was terrifying at times, but we did it.

The train passes through the Ravli Sanctuary, with 100-foot-high bridges, two long tunnels (where the guide and other passengers made erie sounds for the echo effect), a (now dry) waterfall, and thick jungle. The track was cut out of the side of the cliff, with steep drops on one side of the train. There is a change of 1000 feet in elevation, downward. This railroad was built in 1928 by the British.

The image below was taken forward from our seat on the steps, and other passengers can be seen sitting on steps and leaning outward for a better view. There were no seatbelts.
Narrow Guage Train
This photo was taken on November 14, 2014. Specs are:
Olympus Tough TG-3,  ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/800 sec, 4.5 mm

12 thoughts on “Danger on the Rails”

      1. Hmm… I like that one! Maybe one day we can do crazy photographer things together… Or would we get in too much trouble that way…? I usually take along a more level-headed partner just in case…

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  1. I used to travel by trains in India as a kid and I used to love it. I have memories of riding on the steps of an overcrowded unreserved carriage between Chennai and Hyderabad watch the ground and the scenery pass by. There was simply not enough place in the carriage. I was too young to be scared. Love your picture. It brings back the memories!

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