Rail ferry service on the way out

  • Left abandoned by the railway marine department, ferry boats of the British period are decaying at Balashi Ghat in Gaibandha’s Fulchhari Upazila. Photo: Tazul Islam Reza

    Left abandoned by the railway marine department, ferry boats of the British period are decaying at Balashi Ghat in Gaibandha’s Fulchhari Upazila. Photo: Tazul Islam Reza

  • No trains were transported on the vessels left abandoned by the railway marine department at Balashi Ghat in Gaibandha’s Fulchhari Upazila after 2000. Once the remaining vessels are sold, the names of these ferries will be erased from the annals of Bangladesh’s history. Photo: Tazul Islam Reza

    No trains were transported on the vessels left abandoned by the railway marine department at Balashi Ghat in Gaibandha’s Fulchhari Upazila after 2000. Once the remaining vessels are sold, the names of these ferries will be erased from the annals of Bangladesh’s history. Photo: Tazul Islam Reza

  • Left abandoned by the railway marine department, ferry boats of the British period are decaying at Balashi Ghat in Gaibandha’s Fulchhari Upazila. Photo: Tazul Islam Reza

    Left abandoned by the railway marine department, ferry boats of the British period are decaying at Balashi Ghat in Gaibandha’s Fulchhari Upazila. Photo: Tazul Islam Reza

  • No trains were transported on the vessels left abandoned by the railway marine department at Balashi Ghat in Gaibandha’s Fulchhari Upazila after 2000. Once the remaining vessels are sold, the names of these ferries will be erased from the annals of Bangladesh’s history. Photo: Tazul Islam Reza

    No trains were transported on the vessels left abandoned by the railway marine department at Balashi Ghat in Gaibandha’s Fulchhari Upazila after 2000. Once the remaining vessels are sold, the names of these ferries will be erased from the annals of Bangladesh’s history. Photo: Tazul Islam Reza

  • Five out of eleven ferry boats belonging to the railway department at Gaibandha have been sold. The other four vessels were recently sold at an auction but the authorities have yet to hand them over. Photo: Tazul Islam Reza

    Five out of eleven ferry boats belonging to the railway department at Gaibandha have been sold. The other four vessels were recently sold at an auction but the authorities have yet to hand them over. Photo: Tazul Islam Reza

  • The ferry services were launched in the British period to connect the northern part of Bangladesh to Dhaka through the railway link. The railway ferry service lost most of their customers after the construction of the Jamuna multipurpose bridge. Photo: Tazul Islam Reza

    The ferry services were launched in the British period to connect the northern part of Bangladesh to Dhaka through the railway link. The railway ferry service lost most of their customers after the construction of the Jamuna multipurpose bridge. Photo: Tazul Islam Reza

  • No trains were transported on the vessels left abandoned by the railway marine department at Balashi Ghat in Gaibandha’s Fulchhari Upazila after 2000. Once the remaining vessels are sold, the names of these ferries will be erased from the annals of Bangladesh’s history. Photo: Tazul Islam Reza

    No trains were transported on the vessels left abandoned by the railway marine department at Balashi Ghat in Gaibandha’s Fulchhari Upazila after 2000. Once the remaining vessels are sold, the names of these ferries will be erased from the annals of Bangladesh’s history. Photo: Tazul Islam Reza