Tough Trains India with Zay Harding

Tough Trains India with Zay Harding

It’s the third leg of our Tough Trains series – we’ve tackled Bolivia with Zay Harding, travelling from Brazil’s Pantanal to the Pacific coast of Chile bringing you snapshots from some of the most beautiful terrain in South America. Then we faced sub-zero temperatures from Moscow to Siberia on Russia’s Ice Train.  Our journey continues in the heart of India, as we go in search of India’s most crowded Trains! 

India is famous for its extensive railway system, and its 40,000 miles of railway track cut through some of the most densely populated cities.  At least 1,000 people die when they fall from crowded coaches, when trains collide or coaches derail. We travel across northern India, crossing from Nepal and heading west to the border with Pakistan.

Check out Zay Harding’s photo diary taken on the road while filming India’s toughest railways:

You in Delhi, now, Boy!! #globetrekker #toughtrains #india #delhi #herewegoagain

You in Delhi, now, Boy!! #globetrekker #toughtrains #india #delhi #herewegoagain

 

The ornamental Indian Muslim quarters of Lucknow

The ornamental Indian Muslim quarters of Lucknow

India has a great shared heritage of Hindus and Muslims. This is an IndianMuslim gate in Lucknow

India has a great shared heritage of Hindus and Muslims. This is an Indian-Muslim gate in Lucknow

 

Lucknow has some fantastic colonial architecture sprinkled throughout the city. #globetrekker

Lucknow has some fantastic colonial architecture sprinkled throughout the city. #toughtrains #india #lucknow

 

We drew quite a crowd in Motihari, India.  Most of these folk have never seen a film crew in action!

We drew quite a crowd in Motihari, India. Most of these folk have never seen a film crew in action!

A Rickshaw Driver in Motihari.  Typically, he has no shoes on. #ToughTrains #India #Motihari

A Rickshaw Driver in Motihari. Typically, he has no shoes on. #ToughTrains #India #Motihari

 

Awesome colours and smells at the Spice Market!

Awesome colours and smells at the Spice Market!

 

The state of #Bihar has almost 104 Million people roaming it's streets on any given day. Intersections are madness. Traffic slowly trudges along. I feel like #whereswaldo? #globetrekker #toughtrains #india

The state of #Bihar has almost 104 Million people roaming it’s streets on any given day. Intersections are madness. Traffic slowly trudges along. I feel like #whereswaldo? #globetrekker #toughtrains #india

 

A sweet moment I noticed on one of my train journeys -- I looked down from my upper deck and saw everyone below was passed out. #globetrekker #toughtrains #india

A sweet moment I noticed on one of my train journeys — I looked down from my upper deck and saw everyone below was passed out. #globetrekker #toughtrains #india

 

Two joyful #Sadhus invited me over for hot #chai as I waited for my train. #globetrekker #toughtrains #himalayas #india

Two joyful #Sadhus invited me over for hot #chai as I waited for my train. #globetrekker #toughtrains #himalayas #india

This little Indian boy was so cute. He followed us around the train station all day as we filmed and never stopped smiling the whole time. #adorable #globetrekker #toughtrains #muzaffarur #bihar #india

This little Indian boy was so sweet. He followed us around the train station all day as we filmed and never stopped smiling the whole time. #toughtrains #muzaffarur #bihar #india

Exploring Russia’s Ice Trains with Zay Harding

Exploring Russia's Ice Trains with Zay Harding

It’s the second leg of our Tough Trains series – we’ve tackled Bolivia with Zay Harding, travelling from Brazil’s Pantanal to the Pacific coast of Chile bringing you snapshots from some of the most beautiful terrain in South America taking in the local Llamas, the majesty of the Andes and more.

Our next stop is Russia’s Ice Trains!

Russia’s trains travel along 85,500km of track, crossing 11 time zones.  In the cold and often brutal Russian winters, these trains persist against the freezing weather, travelling into Siberia and beyond.  We travel from the capital city of Moscow and head north to Stalin’s cruellest and most ambitious project – the Rail-Road of Death – before ending on the world’s most northern railway.  With average temperatures around -20/-30 degrees and ice at every turn, there’s nothing easy about Russian trains.

Check out Zay’s Globe Trekker photo diary taken on the road while filming Russia’s Ice Trains:

@globetrekker A quick stopover in #Moscow and I'm off to #Siberia. Should be there in 3 hours.

@globetrekker A quick stopover in #Moscow and I’m off to #Siberia. Should be there in 3 hours.

 

Looking over Russia's famous Trans-Siberian Railway, the longest train line in the world! #globetrekker #TSR #tyumen #siberia #russia #prettyamazing

Looking over Russia’s famous Trans-Siberian Railway, the longest train line in the world! #globetrekker #TSR #tyumen #siberia #russia #prettyamazing

 

Simple shot from out my window. I feel like I'm in an #AnselAdams picture. #GloriousDay #tyumen #siberia #russia #globetrekker

Simple shot from out my window. I feel like I’m in an #AnselAdams picture. #GloriousDay #tyumen #siberia #russia #globetrekker

 

Walkway up to the beautiful #TobolskKremlin and #StSophiaAssumptionCathedral #tobolsk #siberia #globetrekker #russia #friggincold

Walkway up to the beautiful #TobolskKremlin and #StSophiaAssumptionCathedral #tobolsk #siberia #globetrekker #russia #friggincold

 

 

@globetrekker #Tobolsk is the historical capital of #Siberia, built at the confluence of 2 rivers that stay frozen NINE months of the year! I saw MAC-TRUCKS driving across the ice today! #crazycold

@globetrekker #Tobolsk is the historical capital of #Siberia, built at the confluence of 2 rivers that stay frozen NINE months of the year! I saw MAC-TRUCKS driving across the ice today! #crazycold

 

 

Saw these cute homemade Siberian Cat dolls sitting in a cafe window. Almost thought they were real! #catsofinstagram #siberia #russia #craftycats

Saw these cute homemade Siberian Cat dolls sitting in a cafe window. Almost thought they were real! #catsofinstagram #siberia #russia #craftycats

 

It just started snowing! I swear I feel like I'm in a winter wonderland dream here!

It just started snowing! I swear I feel like I’m in a winter wonderland dream here!

 

@globetrekker With special permission, after a 26 hour train ride north into the Arctic, I have arrived at one of Russia's biggest gas fields. It is WAY colder than it looks here! #toughtrains #russia #crazycold

@globetrekker With special permission, after a 26 hour train ride north into the Arctic, I have arrived at one of Russia’s biggest gas fields. It is WAY colder than it looks here! #toughtrains #russia #crazycold

 

Back in the 1960's this was the very site that the first exploratory drilling hole struck an OCEAN of GAS!!! Still today, 90% of Russia's gas supply comes from this finding. #globetrekker #toughtrains #gasfields #russia

Back in the 1960’s this was the very site that the first exploratory drilling hole struck an OCEAN of GAS!!! Still today, 90% of Russia’s gas supply comes from this finding. #globetrekker #toughtrains #gasfields #russia

 

Snow plow trains run 24/7 so passenger trains such as this one can run regardless the extreme weather. BTW, it's -20 C (-4 F). No problem! #globetrekker #toughtrains #russia #crazycold

Snow plow trains run 24/7 so passenger trains such as this one can run regardless the extreme weather. BTW, it’s -20 C (-4 F). No problem! #globetrekker #toughtrains #russia #crazycold