In pictures: Indian railways
THE Indian Railways is one of the world’s largest railway networks.
In just one day it moves the entire population of Australia around, or 20 million passengers.
While this a small portion of India’s 1.2 billion population, it is some achievement to shunt this mass of humanity around 115,000 km of track to some 7,500 stations every day. Every major province of India has a rail service.
While some sections date back to as early as the 1850s the entire track was only nationalized in the early 1950s. Today it is one of the institutions of the country and really if you haven’t been on a train in India, you haven’t seen the country.
Here’s a photographic tribute to one of the world’s most amazing transport systems.
All images by Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com