Sat Nov 29th, 2008 at 08:13:44 AM EST
I have to share this. There are still special railway gems I haven't heard of before...
The fame of my rail photo location skills has spread in RL, so I got a "present" in the form of a riddle the other day: two photos showing a train passing through the middle of an open air food market!
Photos from Francesco Gusmeri of Cinema Sereno
The riddle was rather cruel, because I got it from someone in love with India – so, thinking these are self-made travel photos from there, and despite the not really Indian-looking woman on the first photo, I spent two hours checking the routes of metre-gauge railways into two dozen major cities in India...
Of course, I found nothing even remotely resembling the scene. Then, with some wild image Googling, I found a photo showing an identical diesel multiple unit – in Bangkok, Thailand...
It still took quite some effort to locate the two photos. For, they were made on the Mae Klong Railway, an isolated line of the State Railway of Thailand that is not featured even on that railway's official maps (nor on Google Maps). What's more, it is actually two isolated lines: cut in half by a river where passengers must cross by ferry. The market on tracks I had to find is just before the very end of the line, in Samut Songkhram.
The above was taken from a wonderful illustrated description/travel report at Richard Barrow's Bangkok Day Trips blog, Market on the Railway Tracks – go read it.
And now for the real spectacular stuff: videos!
This market aint's just right on the railway tracks: it makes way for the trains – and then closes again behind the train. First, a 40 second movie from the ground:
Second, a 1 minute 54 seconds video made from the back of a train arriving to Samut Songkhram (they reach the market 0:55 in):
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