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Nov 18, 2015

Life At The End Of The Tracks

Life At The End Of The Tracks

In a remote corner of the Urals region at the end of a narrow-gauge railway is Kalach, population about a dozen. Three decades ago 600 people called the village home, but the local forestry industry suffered as the former Soviet Union imploded and people moved away in search of work. In Kalach today there are no telephones, no mobile reception and only a few hours of electricity a day.

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Snow lies on the ground in the village of Kalach, Sverdlovsk region, Russia October 18, 2015. MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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Engine driver Alexander Kuznetsov, 53, drives a train through the village of Strokinka in Sverdlovsk region, Russia October 16, 2015. MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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Employees of the Russian postal service load letters and newspapers onto a railway carriage in Alapayevsk in Sverdlovsk region, Russia October 15, 2015. MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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Schoolchildren from the village of Muratkovo study inside a train on the way to school in Sverdlovsk region, Russia, October 16, 2015. MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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A man sleeps inside a train travelling to Sankin, in Sverdlovsk region, Russia October 16, 2015. MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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Snow lies on a railway bridge near Sankin in Sverdlovsk region, Russia October 18, 2015. MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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Dogs run past the boiler room, which heats the House of Culture in Sankin, Sverdlovsk region, Russia October 17, 2015. The population of Sankin is between 400 and 600 people. MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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Babushka (Grandmother) Shura carries buckets of water to her home in Sankin, Sverdlovsk region, Russia, October 16, 2015. The villagers do not have a central water supply and have to draw water from a well. MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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Local resident Alexey stokes a boiler in Sankin in Sverdlovsk region, Russia October 16, 2015. MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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Local resident Babushka (Grandma) Shura shows her scarecrows in Sankin, Sverdlovsk region, Russia, October 16, 2015. MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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Local resident Alexander fertilises the soil with ash in a greenhouse in Sankin, Sverdlovsk region, Russia, October 16, 2015. MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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Local resident Alexander removes ash from a stove as a cat sits nearby in his house in Sankin in Sverdlovsk region, Russia October 16, 2015. MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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An abandoned house stands in the village of Kalach, Sverdlovsk region, October 18, 2015. MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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Graves stand in a cemetery near a train depot in Sankin, Sverdlovsk region, Russia October 17, 2015. MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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People travel inside a train on the route from Ugolnaya station to Elnichnaya station in Sverdlovsk region, Russia, October 16, 2015. MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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Engine driver Alexander Kuznetsov, 53, drives a train through the village of Strokinka, in Sverdlovsk region, Russia October 16, 2015. MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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An engine driver looks out from his train in the village of Ugolnaya in Sverdlovsk region, Russia October 16, 2015. MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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A woman who lives in Muratkovo speaks to the train driver who is taking her daughter to school in Sankin, Sverdlovsk region, Russia, October 16, 2015. MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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Nina Vysotina, 60, poses in her office at the railway depot in Elnichaya, in Sverdlovsk region, Russia October 16, 2015. MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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People wait to board a train in the village of Ugolnaya, in Sverdlovsk region, Russia, October 16, 2015. MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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An engine driver's assistant attaches a train carriage to TU4 Soviet narrow-gauge diesel locomotives in Muratkovo, Sverdlovsk region, Russia October 16, 2015. MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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Car tyres painted in the colours of the Russian flag stand in front of the administration building in Sankin, Sverdlovsk region, Russia October 17, 2015. MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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Snow lies on railway tracks near Sankin in Sverdlovsk region, Russia October 18, 2015. MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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Engine driver Alexander Kuznetsov climbs onto a locomotive at a train depot in the village of Elnichnaya in Sverdlovsk region, Russia October 16, 2015. MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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Local resident Lyudmila stands in a goat barn in her house in the village of Kalach, Sverdlovsk region, Russia October 18, 2015. MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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Sergei plays the accordion for Vassa, his partially deaf mother, in their house in the village of Kalach, Sverdlovsk region, Russia. October 18, 2015. MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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Vassa, 86, who suffers from hearing difficulties, poses in her house in the village of Kalach, Sverdlovsk region, Russia October 18, 2015. MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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An abandoned house stands in the village of Kalach in Sverdlovsk region, Russia October 18, 2015. MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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(L-R) A man nicknamed "Barcelona", Alexey Bolotov and Alexey Jakushin drink vodka as they travel by a pioneer motorised railcar on their way to Kalach, Sverdlovsk region, Russia October 18, 2015. The "pioneer," a light auxiliary rail vehicle, is a popular form of transport among people who live along the Alapayevsk railway. MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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Local resident Sergei poses for a picture on a street in Alapayevsk in Sverdlovsk region, Russia October 15, 2015. MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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Workers unload mail from a train at a railway station in Sankin in Sverdlovsk region, Russia October 15, 2015. MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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Local residents await the departure of a train to the town of Alapayevsk, in Sankin, Sverdlovsk region, Russia, October 15, 2015. MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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An engine driver's assistant walks past Soviet narrow-gauge diesel locomotives TU7 and TU4 at a train depot in Alapayevsk in Sverdlovsk region, Russia, October 15, 2015. MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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An engine driver's assistant attaches a train carriage to a TU4 Soviet narrow-gauge diesel locomotive in Sankin, Sverdlovsk region, Russia, October 18, 2015. MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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