Sunday, August 29, 2010

Rot-fai! (Thai for "train")

Greg here. I think most of you know I like photography and trains. So early Saturday morning I ventured out to photograph some of Bangkok's trains before it got too steamy outside. The best way to explore is on foot, so after taking the subway to the train station I set out along the railroad tracks to find some good spots for photography. In total I explored about 5 miles of railway. There were plenty of interesting things to see. A few of the better pictures are below.

An air conditioned express train from Bangkok to Surat Thani in southern Thailand speeds into Bang Sue Junction on Bangkok's north side.

A brief break in the clouds heats up the open air train from a Bangkok to Phitsanulok in northern Thailand minutes after leaving the the main railway station Hua Lamphong.

These track workers don't too thrilled to be on their way to work.

An express train for Chang Mai races through a poor neighborhood near downtown Bangkok a few minutes into it's journey.
Some of the tiny makeshift houses along the tracks in this poor neighborhood aren't more than a few feet from the train tracks. The tracks also serve as the main pedestrian path through the area.

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