15 Days Tour schedule
Flight to Dhaka
Morning arrival in Dhaka, afternoon city tour through Dhaka. In the evening we'll go aboard the Lalmoni Express to Lalmonirhat.
Morning (around 8am) arrival in Lalmonirhat and by charter bus to the classic combined rail/road bridge over the Tista. Late morning continue by charter bus to Saidpur (station with semaphores). Afternoon via Parbatipur Jn. to the Atrai bridge, Chirirbandar (semaphores). 17 km by charter bus to our hotel in Dinajpur.
Morning by charter bus via Atrai bridge Kaugaon wing to Phulbari station (R585 some 50 km, semaphores), continue via Birampur to Hili (Semaphores), from there linesiding on the road Z5503 to Jaipurhat (market next to the rails) and continue via R550/R545 to the Karotoa bridge. Hotel in Sirajgonj, some 30 km from the Karotoa bridge.
By train 754 Silkcity Express, departure Sirajgonj Shahid M Onsur Ali 10.01 hrs to Dhaka, arrival 13.30 hrs. City tour Dhaka, afternoon visit to the railway depot/workshop Dhaka (Kamalapur depot with its manpower turntable), Hotel in Dhaka.
The completely overcrowded trains to the Bishwa Ijtema festival are the main reason for going to Bangladesh at this time. We'll take pictures of these trains, where people sit on the roof of the coaches and hang on the handrails of the locomotive. Chasing (as far as possible, traffic jams to be expected) the Bishwa Ijtema trains from Dhaka to Tongi. Pictures from the festival at the Turag River bank. Chasing trains back from the festival to Dhaka.
Charter bus for linesiding along the short branch Dhaka - Narayanganj with it's old diesels. Charter bus to visit the station of Dhaka Kamalapur with plinthed steam locomotive at the Monument of Martyrs, Take railway pictures at Dhaka main station, Khilgaon fly-over, Malibagh level crossing and in Kawran Bazar, Tejgaon flyover, Mahakkhali flyover and Kuril flyover. Hotel in Dhaka
On the third day of the festival we'll have the chance to see overcrowded trains again. Chasing (as far as possible, traffic jams to be expected) the Bishwa Ijtema trains from Dhaka to Tongi and back.
By charter bus to Ghorashal to take pictures of the Moizuddin railway bridge, continue to Narsingdi (railway bridge access: Narsingdi station plus 1mile: west bridge, another 1.5 km walk to the scenic east bridge), continue to Bhairab Bazar for photos of the huge bridge. Hotel in Kumilla, ca. 80 km south of Bhairab Bazar.
Charter bus for pictures of Bijoypur River Bridge, Laksam brickworks (north of Laksam station), street market in Laksam with line to Noakhali, visit to the station and harbour of Chandpur. Hotel in Chandpur
Charter bus to Chittagong via R140, N104, stop at Chaumuhani, street market along the railway to Noakhali. On the way linesiding, Muhuri bridge. Hotel in Chittagong.
Jahanabad ship breaking yard, Hotel in Chittagong.
Chittagong city tour with the remains of Shah Amanat Bridge, Kalurghat Bridge, waiting for a train passing the bridge (photo permit), visit to the Pahartali Workshop (Chittagong), visit to the old Chittagong station, Hotel in Chittagong.
Return by train 701 Subarna express from Chittagong 07.00 to Dhaka, arrival 12.40 hrs. Afternoon visit to ship building company which uses parts from Jahanabad ship wrecking yard. Evening transfer to the airport and return flight.
Arrival at home.
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