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    15 Mar 2016

    25 Breathtaking Photos From India's Longest Train Ride

    An epic journey.

    Photographer Ed Hanley recently visited India and undertook a train journey from Dibrugarh, Assam to Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu. The 4,273 kilometre journey is the longest train ride in India.

    Hanley published a photo-essay on the 85-hour journey. Here are a few of his best pictures, with Hanley's accompanying captions.

    Ed Hanley

    7:07am, Trivandrum Central, Kerala.

    Ed Hanley

    A glimpse into a packed unreserved (aka Second Class) car at Vellore Railway Station, Tamil Nadu.

    Ed Hanley

    An amputee makes his way along the tracks outside Guwahati Junction, Assam.

    Ed Hanley
    Ed Hanley

    Left: A young acrobat boarded the train at Jagiroad, Assam, performing an astonishing floor routine of tumbles and cartwheels down the aisle, hoping for donations.

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    A snacks vendor prepares for a rolling disembarkation near Asansol, West Bengal.

    Ed Hanley
    Ed Hanley

    Left: Morning light at Asansol Railway Station, West Bengal.

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    On the train, you can eat, drink tea...

    Ed Hanley

    Look out the window...

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    Watch...Charlie Chaplin movies?

    Ed Hanley
    Ed Hanley

    Right: Mr Upper Berth, Feb 2016, outside Cuttack, Odisha.

    Ed Hanley

    A boy begs for money between cars at Guwahati Junction, Assam.

    Ed Hanley
    Ed Hanley

    So, what is there to do for 85 hours on a train? No shortage of things, it turns out, especially shopping.

    Ed Hanley

    Where railway ties are born, outside Cuttack, Odisha.

    Ed Hanley

    Evening on a trestle bridge across the Mahanadi River in Odisha.

    Ed Hanley
    Ed Hanley

    Left: An RPF officer guards the door of the 3 tier AC car outside Diphu, Assam.

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    Train #15906 cruises ever southwards, less than 1 hour outside Kanyakumari

    Ed Hanley
    Ed Hanley

    Left: Just hanging out, watching the world go by...

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    Morning commute, Neyyattinkara, Kerala.

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    End of the line.

    Read his original photo essay here.

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