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

About Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry, recognized universally as one of today’s finest image-makers, has won many of photography’s top awards.
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29 Responses to Irresistible Bazaars

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  2. sadeelr says:

    Reblogged this on just a blog.

  3. Stopped by to thank you for following my blog. Love your stunning photos here. Wish my German was better but it’s a little late in that game.

  4. Wonderful. My heart is full.

  5. Emanuela Magi says:

    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.

  6. I just love your work! Thank you …

  7. Niranjan R says:

    Magnificent frames!

  8. 1weaver says:

    very grateful for the train ride you have allowed me this morning at my desk.

  9. Myrna says:

    Beautiful photos. The quotes complement them perfectly.

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  11. Martina says:

    I love this photos. Thank you

  12. Antonio Mozeto says:

    Wonderful quotes and increadibly beaultitul photographs… as usual…

  13. Sublime. Gorgeous photos and food for thought. Thanks for sharing.

  14. pmdello says:

    That photo of a horseman and his dog in a cloud of dust … exquisite!

  15. ramon tavarez says:

    magnifica ,un verdadero maestro , felicidades

  16. 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.

  17. paula graham says:

    Gorgeous collection, as always.

  18. Sharon says:

    Very unique and intriguing photos.

  19. Mansukh Shah says:

    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.”

  20. restlessjo says:

    Intrigued by so many people walking on railway lines. You take me to a world I’ll never know.

  21. Fantastic! My favorite are the train tracks right on the edge of the ocean. Absolutely stunning.

  22. Sue says:

    Oh, what a fabulous set of most evocative images!

  23. Angeline M says:

    This post takes my breath away.

  24. Great photographs.

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  26. Beautiful! Reblogging this to my sister site “Timeless Wisdoms”

  27. Wonderful photos, as always!

  28. Wayne Hazle says:

    Each time I think you can’t have more amazing shots that top the last, you do it!

  29. Dr. Rex says:

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Amazing post … incredible photography coupled with the perfect quotes!!

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