China boasts the world’s most extensive high speed rail network with more than 16,000 km of track, but steam trains still have a role to play. The Shixi-Bagou railway connects the two towns and is kept going by tourist cars carrying passengers for ten times the price locals pay. The rail line came into service in the late 1950s and the train was initially used to transport coal from a now-shuttered mine before passenger carriages were added.
Indian commuters walk in an underpass connecting their neighbourhood with a main thoroughfare past a train station in the early hours of the morning in New Delhi on Tuesday. According to a report from the UN, India’s urban population numbers some 410m people and this will grow to 814m by 2050
Passengers on a train on the outskirts of New Delhi. India will increase investment in its overloaded railway network to Rs8.5tn ($137bn) over the next five years, the government said on Thursday.
Passengers wait for a train to depart during a country-wide strike called by the Bangladesh Nationalist party in Dhaka on Monday
Train engines stand idle at a railway marshalling yard in Seevetal, Germany on Wednesday. Germany’s train drivers’ union ‘Gewerkschaft Deutscher Lokomotivfuehrer (GDL)’ announced the longest strike in the 20-year history of the Deutsche Bahn. Strike actions are planned to last until next Monday
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An Indian woman carries cow dung to prepare cow dung cake on the outskirts of Allahabad, India on Wednesday. Cow dung cakes are popularly used as fuel for cooking in rural areas
Armed pro-Russian separatists stand guard in front of wagons containing the remains of victims from the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, at a railway station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Torez on Monday. The head of a Dutch forensic team said on Monday a train, carrying the remains of victims from the Malaysian airliner crash, should set off later on Monday to a place where “we can do our work”
Passengers travel on a train at Loni town in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. India is to open up its sprawling colonial-era railway network to private investors in one of recently elected premier Narendra Modi’s first moves to meet election promises of boosting economic growth in the subcontinent.
A man washes his face using a pipe that supplies water to trains at a railway station on a hot summer day in the northern Indian city of Allahabad, on Monday
An Indian man stands at the doorway of a train at a railway station in New Delhi, India. Indian railway network is one of the world’s largest, with some 14 million passengers daily and some 64,000 kilometers (40,000 miles) of railway track cut through some of the most densely populated cities
Women dressed as witches travel on an HSB light railway train through the Harz mountains to celebrate the Walpurgisnacht pagan festival. Legend has it that on Walpurgisnacht, or May eve, witches fly their broomsticks to meet the devil at the summit of the Brocken, the highest peak of the Harz range, Germany.
The derailed engine and carriages of the BG Express Train at Ajuri station near Morigaon district in Assam state, India, on Wednesday
People hang on to a crowded local passenger train as they travel to Colombo
Passengers walk at a square of Zhengzhou East Railway Station in Zhengzhou, Henan province, China
A passenger takes part in the annual No Pants Subway Ride in New York on Sunday. The event started in 2002 in New York and has spread to 60 cities in 25 countries.
Mona sells fortune papers in a subway in Tehran, Iran. The country’s economic crisis has forced many children into work to help their families
A Crossrail tunnel under construction 35 metres below the streets of Whitechapel, east London, one of the most challenging sites in the Crossrail project. The completed service will run from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. Construction is expected to be completed in 2017, with services running in 2018.
Emergency rescuers tend to a trapped victim inside a commuter train in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Monday. The train ploughed into a truck carrying petrol, killing at least seven people and injuring more than 60.
Women push themselves into a train carriage at Sudimara train station on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, on Friday
Passengers hold on to handles as they ride on a train during the morning rush hour in Mumbai, India. India’s biggest stock market swings in 16 months are poised to continue, boosting options prices as the prospect of reduced Fed stimulus spurs further weakness in the rupee, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co