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Travelling on a nine-hour crowded narrow-gauged six-car Slow Train from Thazi (70km south of Mandalay) to Shengyuong in Shan State, I ended up standing in a carriage without seats for 6 hours occuppied by villagers mainly women farmers and baskets of market produce but it was a wonderful experience which should not be missed while gaze through wide open windows at the wonderful scenery passing by at a speed of just 20-50kph.

After 3hours of crossing the plain from Thazi, the train enters the hills and climbs up a steep mountainside in Shan state on a series of switchbacks, reversing several times and backing up the slope to gain height to the final 1500m high on the plataeu. In several points, the train loops around and doubles back on itself. The process of 'climbing the staircase' slopes last about i hour, the parallel tracks can be seen on each 'step' below as the train progressively climbs without changing in lateral distance. It is so facsinating and a life time experience indeed to see how this 'staircase climb' from lowland up the plataeu was invented by British engineers two hundred years ago and still in use today and probably the only of such system in the world.

About this picture:
This was a quick shot of a lone woman looking out of the carriage. I loved the darkness around her and the light outside and her thoughtful face - how I would have liked to know what she was thinking!
ISO upped to 500 due to low lighting.

Additional pictures:
Workshop1: Picture of the crowd in the Slow-Train from Thazi to Shengyong.

Workshop2: From Kalaw station the next scenic forty km is undulating as the train goes over an impressive bridge over a canyon and there follows a final steep fall known as the Heho Ghat then on to Shengyuong terminus, the gateway to the Inle Lake.

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