Intrepid passengers ride on top of Bangladeshi trains.

Nearly three thousand kilometres of railway track crisscross the delta lowlands of Bangladesh, connecting Dhaka, the capital, with Chittagong to the south-east and Calcutta to the south-west. The system was built largely by the British and began operations in 1862, more than a hundred years before Bangladesh became an independent nation.

Bangladeshi trains now carry more than forty million passengers a year in...
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