Train stories

Train stories
Photo: Uncornered Market

No man’s land

The Iran-Turkey borderlands are flush with mountainous landscapes, tiny rural villages, endless contours and the occasional shepherd tending a flock. Through one tunnel to the next, we climbed higher. In this no man’s land, it was impossible to tell exactly where we were.

Daniel and Audrey, Uncornered Market, 2012
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Train stories
Photo: Ray’s Retirement

German engineers

The original routes were planned and built by German engineers and the story goes that since they were paid by the mile. they made sure there were plenty of curves.

Ray Perry, Ray’s Retirement, 2015
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Train stories
Photo: Prospekt Photo

Share food, play music, exchange stories

Passengers look after each other, share food, play music and exchange stories, before parting ways and starting their new lives in a land that many of them have never visited before.

Gaia Squarci, Prospekt Photo, 2014
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The scenery was breath-taking

As we approached Tatvan, where we will change to a ferry on Lake Van, we were travelling through snow and the scenery was breath-taking.

Moira Dunworth, Moira Dunworth, 2013
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Train stories
Photo: Ray’s Retirement

I was puzzled

I was puzzled why the train climbed up into the hills rather than travel on the flat plain below.

Ray Perry, Ray’s Retirement, 2015
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