Track workers of the Russian Railways

As I travelled by train across Russia, one of the things that stood out was how often I’d find workers lineside, busy repairing the tracks.

Another railway work crew waits for our train to pass

They could be found in railway yards in urban areas.

РЖД worker waiting for our train to pass at Липецк (Lipetsk)

Out in the woods, repairing the rails.

Russian railway workers repairing the tracks

In the middle of nowhere, inspecting signalling equipment.

Railway worker inspecting a signalling equipment cabinet

And even the stereotypical pose of leaning on their shovels.

Stereotypical workers: leaning on their shovels, as they wait for our train to pass

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