Ever-present, indelible: Snapshots of trains across India's landscapes

A photo feature by rail enthusiast Apurva Bahadur

By Heritage Directorate, Indian Railways

Apurva Bahadur

A train making its way under stormy clouds by Apurva BahadurHeritage Directorate, Indian Railways

Rail Journey

Perhaps the best and most accessible way in which hobbyists express their love for trains, is the through the medium of photography.  Let us follow, in pictures, one such enthusiast's rail journeys across India. 

A brilliant capture of a train passing on a river bridge by Apurva BahadurHeritage Directorate, Indian Railways

One of the most serene moments of a rail journey happens when the train passes over a water bridge, when the sky meets water and there is nothing but an expanse of blue for as far as the eye can see.

A freight train reaching a tunnel pass by Apurva BahadurHeritage Directorate, Indian Railways

Entering into a tunnel, those few seconds of being shrouded in darkness, the sounds from the train tracks echoing all around and that feeling of anticipation; will perhaps never cease to be exciting.

A bend in the track by Apurva BahadurHeritage Directorate, Indian Railways

A diesel hauled passenger train is emerging round the corner, amidst a dry grassland. This huge machine gracefully twisting and turning through the many landscapes is surely a sight to behold!

An impressive shot of a train curving through a mined valley by Apurva BahadurHeritage Directorate, Indian Railways

An impressive shot of a freight train curving through a mined valley. The railways are a great way to explore newly created territories.

A token exchange in action by Apurva BahadurHeritage Directorate, Indian Railways

The Assistant Driver needs to pick up the line clear token before the train enter into the next section. The Porter is holding the token in the hoop. Notice the glove.

A freight train passing on a bridge by Apurva BahadurHeritage Directorate, Indian Railways

Railway bridges are some of the most amazing modern day engineering marvels.

Making way through the lattice by Apurva BahadurHeritage Directorate, Indian Railways

Railway bridges, in all their myriad designs and locations, hold an important place in not just the world of engineering but also in the heart of rail enthusiasts.

Two engineering marvels in one image by Apurva BahadurHeritage Directorate, Indian Railways

Another bridge, another train, different designs but both construction marvels.

Wide angle shot of a train passing through vast empty lanscapes by Apurva BahadurHeritage Directorate, Indian Railways

Indian Railways connects cities and towns, through different landscapes. Here is a look at a beautiful wide angle shot of a diesel hauled passenger train passing through a vast empty landscape.

The Kolhapur Mumbai Sahyadari Express on its way by Apurva BahadurHeritage Directorate, Indian Railways

The Kolhapur-Mumbai Sahyadari Express on its way. The Train is hauled by a DC Electric Locomotive. This type of DC locomotive is no longer in service.

Making way through a cloudy day by Apurva BahadurHeritage Directorate, Indian Railways

On a bridge, over a lush forest, with the clouds thundering above, makes for one great train ride! Here, we are looking at a Diesel hauled passenger train making one such journey.

A passenger train passing through dry lands by Apurva BahadurHeritage Directorate, Indian Railways

A railway worker gives a signal to the passing train. The keyman of the railway have to always be on track, taking care of it, no matter how dry or cold it gets. For the passengers though, the arid land will disappear when the train will stop at next station.

A beautiful wide angle shot of a man-made beauty passing through a natural one by Apurva BahadurHeritage Directorate, Indian Railways

A view of a metal snake passing through the terrain. Perhaps the most irreplaceable part of rail journeys will be the discovery of new landscapes, places that we would probably never see any other way.

Through a tunnel into the ravine by Apurva BahadurHeritage Directorate, Indian Railways

A look at another interesting railway route; the WDP4 Diesel hauled passenger train coming out of the tunnel into a ravine.

An train approaching a curve by Apurva BahadurHeritage Directorate, Indian Railways

For some rail enthusiasts, the locomotive number of the train is as important a detail as any other. And many spend hours trying to get that perfect shot that emcompasses everything - the numbers, the form, the colour, the movement.

A close-up shot of the Central Railway train by Apurva BahadurHeritage Directorate, Indian Railways

An electric locomotive is negotiating curves. This is a WAG class Goods Locomotive, manufactured by Chittaranjan Locomotive Works in 1996.

A great shot of two locomotives passing on a rail track by Apurva BahadurHeritage Directorate, Indian Railways

Electric locomotives are slowly becoming the preferred locomotive choice of railways for their increased energy efficiency and reduced carbon footprint.

The sound of a passing train, a regular affair by Apurva BahadurHeritage Directorate, Indian Railways

For the people living next to a railway track, the sound of a passing train becomes an integral part of the lives.

A night train reaching its station by Apurva BahadurHeritage Directorate, Indian Railways

Night trains are a great option of travel and saving time for shorter distances. But their best part is probably getting to spend time on a quiet, silent station otherwise hard to find in a city.

An amazing photograph of a train curving through a field of green by Apurva BahadurHeritage Directorate, Indian Railways

Railway journeys make for some of the greatest subjects for photography. The rushing movement of man and machine against the stillness of the varied, contrasting landscapes can give any artist many moments of inspiration.

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Rail Enthusiast Society, India. Curated by Subrata Nath ( Heritage Directorate, Railway Board)

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