Locomotive: Life in Locomotion

“No man can be ideally successful until he has found his place. Like a locomotive he is strong on the track, but weak anywhere else.”

-Orison Swett Marden

After starting to carry my camera everywhere with me I have grown up with a profound feeling for trains, stations, the engine, smokes, passenger and all other thing related to train. Like Sheldon Cooper of  “The big bang theory” I can also state that I love trains (but I don’t play with toy trains like him). Due to my work and for other travel purpose I have to travel a lot mainly from the capital Dhaka to the port city Chittagong and for these tours I mostly rely on trains. On these journeys I have seen lots of people and have seen lots of activities and have been growing up a habit of observing people. From these observations I have tried to catch the motion of people on trains and stations in order to preserve these memories and document the train traveling hassle the people of this country takes. I feel sorry how in-securely the people travel on trains. In this journeys I have seen people travelling on the Locomotive itself, on the connection line between two compartments and on the roofs. I have seen people travelling the whole journey by standing, the fight for tickets, the endless wait for a delayed train and a hell lot list of botheration. But yet it is the most safest way to travel in the country with cheap ticket prices and this makes the  importance of train in this part of the subcontinent is immense.

Locomotive: life in locomotion is thus a simple documentation of my experience of train traveling.  All photographs are in black n white in order to give emotions without anything else and it is upon you to judge whether I have been succesful enough to convey some feelings or emotions from the photographs to your heart.

                                                                                               People hurrying to get on train

                              The overflowing home going crowd two days before one of the most popular religious festival named Eid.

                                                                    Overcrowded people getting on the roof of the train using a ladder

                                                                                                              Inside a local mail train

                                                                          A passenger traveling on the engine during rush hours.

                                                                A passenger standing on the connection pole of two compartments.

                                                                                                         Travelling on the Engine

                                                                                                              The riders of the roof

                                                                                            Locomotive overwhelmed with crowd

The trains rarely maintain time schedule. Some trains could be delayed by 7-8 hours more. But after the establishment of new Railway ministry things been improving .

                                                                                               A normal class train compartment.

                                                                                                        The first class a.c cabin.

                                                                                           Passengers in chair coach compartment.

                                                                      People lying on the ground in an overcrowded compartment.

                                           The only thing to enjoy on the journey is the scenic beauty of countryside of Bangladesh.

                      The country’s largest train station named Kamalapur Rail station in Dhaka is home to hundreds of homeless people

                                                                                       The luggage carriers called “Kuli” in bengali.

                                                                                                                 Man on the platform

                                                                                                Sleeping: A important part of the journey

                                                                                                                               The Driver.

                                                                                                                        A passenger.

                                                                                                                 The doctor of locomotive.

                                                                                The little passenger on the foot steps of the locomotive.

                                                                                                                           On the roof.





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