Train to Phulad — Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Trains and Tracks

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Trains and Tracks.

During our 2014 visit to India, we took a commuter train (built in 1928 by the British) from Sardargarh to Phulad. The train was ancient. At one point, the engineer had to stop the train and get down to manually switch tracks. The train creaked through a jungle and wound over a thousand foot cliff. It passed over 100 foot tall rickety bridges and through long tunnels. This was the most interesting train ride we have ever taken!

We took this photo at a stop at the Goram Ghat flag station where the train stopped for a few minutes. Images like this remind us of the cover of Robert Frank’s The Americans even though we were the only Americans on this train.

This photo was taken on November 13, 2014.