Irresistible Bazaars

Ever since childhood, when I lived within earshot of the Boston and Maine, I have seldom heard a train go by and not wished I were on it. Those whistles sing bewitchment: railways are irresistible bazaars …
– Paul Theroux, The Great Railway Bazaar

Peshawar to Lahore, Pakistan

Life is a train that stops at no stations; you either jump aboard
or stand on the platform and watch as it passes.
– Yasmina Khadra

Kyoto, Japan

The train is a small world moving through a larger world.
Elisha Cooper, Train


A train is a vehicle that allows residence:
dinner in the diner, nothing could be finer…
– Paul Theroux, The Great Railway Bazaar

Decca to Peshawar, India

Be like a train; go in the rain, go in the sun, go in the storm,
go in the dark tunnels! Be like a train; concentrate on your road
and go with no hesitation!
– Mehmet Murat Ildan

New York, New York, USA

Railway terminals are our gates to the glorious and the unknown.
Through them, we pass out into adventure and sunshine,
to them, alas! we return.
– E. M. Forster

Yangon, Myanmar

There’s something about the sound of a train that’s
very romantic and nostalgic and hopeful.
– Paul Simon

Dacca to Peshawar, Chittagong, Bangladesh

The only way of catching a train I have ever discovered
is to miss the train before.
– G.K. Chesterton

Dacca to Peshawar, India

Missing a train is only painful if you run after it!
– Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Rangoon, Burma
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Many times the wrong train took me to the right place.
– Paulo Coelho

Dacca to Peshawar, West Bengal, India
Calcutta, West Bengal, India

My heart is warm with the friends I make,
And better friends I’ll not be knowing,
Yet there isn’t a train I wouldn’t take,
No matter where it’s going.
–  Edna St. Vincent Millay, The Selected Poetry

Dacca to Peshawar, Agra, India
Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

By Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than thirty years, with scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world to his name.

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30 replies on “Irresistible Bazaars”

Magnificent work. The portraits are superb, An entire life is represented in a pic. There’s a whole story that talks to us about those individuals. Thank you for sharing with us.

Wonderful photographs and quotes. I can so relate as I was a locomotive engineer for Santa Fe RR in years gone by…it has never gotten out of my blood ! So, I understand, to a degree, the pull trains have on people-regardless of where they live or commute.

Great ,fabulous, fantastic, incredible , amazing photographs and quotes as usual . Thank you again Stevebhai.

”Our life is a constant journey, from birth to death. The landscape changes, the people change, our needs change, but the train keeps moving. Life is the train, not the station.”

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