Egypt | The Train from Cairo to Alexandria

Posted: April 8th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Egypt, Film, Leica

I love trains and trains stations. I cannot stop shooting the same shots again and again in different stations, the shots down the length of the station, the strong diagonals converging on the vanishing point, the structural web of girders and beams above and the strong directional light. Just simply love it.

Ramses station in Cairo is currently under construction and is a mess. If it wasn’t for a helpful local, I never would have found the ticket office nor my platform, there being no signs even in arabic and the office was in a temporary spot. Misr station in Alexandria is a great open air space with a couple of cafes. I could have spend a day there comfortably.

I took the train from Cairo to Alexandria and back again. One of the rides was on a pretty clean train with good air conditioning which would be a vital modcon in the summer months. The other train was a relic from the British Colonial period and had a good amount of the Egyptian desert within its walls. I’m sure that train travel in general in Egypt has not changed much since T.E. Lawrence’s time.

Cairo to Alexandria train, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Cairo to Alexandria train, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

 

You cannot smoke on these trains. That just means that you can open up the doors while the train is moving to smoke.

Cairo to Alexandria train, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Cairo to Alexandria train, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Cairo to Alexandria train, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Cairo to Alexandria train, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

 

This is the Ramses station, the less charming chaotic stop on the line.

Ramses Railway Station, Cairo, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Ramses Railway Station, Cairo, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Misr Railway Station, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Misr Railway Station, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

 

The beautiful Misr station with its clean classic lines.

Misr Railway Station, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Misr Railway Station, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Misr Railway Station, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Misr Railway Station, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Misr Railway Station, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Misr Railway Station, Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

 

Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Alexandria, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Egyptian men are of average height, but when they big, they are hulks. This guy that I met on the train was one such giant, gentle and well over six feet.

Cairo to Alexandria train, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Cairo to Alexandria train, Egypt, February 2011; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X


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