Streets of Tarsus

Railway Station

Tarsus American College

Tarsus American College

Old House


Back Street

Tailor Muhammet

Small Pub




St. Paul’s Church

Saint Paul’s Church

Bilal Habesi Mosque

Street and Old Wall

Small Shop

Small Pub

In the Street

Beer Time


Luxor, Egypt: Street Life and Ancient Monuments

Horse Carriage to Center of City

The lovely smell of the South End of a Northbound Horse 

Arriving in the Bazaar

Small Shop Shilling for Orange Soda

Marketing 101, Egyptian Style

Deep inside the Bazaar

Buying Grains


Young Man Tending his Shop

Donkey Cart

Sheep Grazing the Street

Ancient Luxor Monuments

 Ruins of Ancient Luxor Temple

Columns of an Ancient Temple

The Khyber Pass Railway

In 1982, the Soviet Army was bogged down in Afghanistan fighting the Mujahadin. The USA was shipping arms and aid to the Mujahadin rebels and anti-Soviet warlords via the Khyber Pass. 

I made a trip up the Khyber Pass from Peshawar to Landi Kotal in the Northwestern Frontier Province in l982 on the Khyber Pass train. The Khyber Pass Railway was built by the British and ran from 1925 till 2007. It ran 51 kilometers from Peshawar to Landi Kotal. There were steam locomotives on both ends of the small train. These engines were HGS-2-8 OS locomotives manufactured by Vulcan Foundry and Kitson and Company in Preston, England. The village of Landi Kotal at the west end of the railway is 1200 meters in altitude. 

I returned to Peshawar by bus.

I scanned some old slides that I took along the pass. Today (2018) the train is not running, but one can go from Peshawar to Landi Kotal by bus up the Khyber Pass. Some local authorities in Peshawar want to restore the railway for tourists purposes, using the old train and classical engines. Hopefully this will be done in future, but security is still a problem due to the war in Afghanistan.

It can be a great adventure, and was quite safe in those days. Unfortunately, it is not the case today. 

A flat plain and Afridi villages west of Peshawar.

A Fort Along the Way

A hillside fort and some villagers

Mountains and a dry riverbed in August


View of the Pass and the road

A village and village children watching the train

A small shrine next to a graveyard

A Graveyard

View of a hilltop fort


A Hilltop Lookout

Landi Kotal at the end of the line

A bus at Muree, a popular hill station