Magazine

Nov 18, 2015

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.

Life At The End Of The Tracks
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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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