MagazineNov 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.
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