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Banquo

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Amerricka
Mar 6, 2014 - 07:51pm PT
1981 on my way to Nepal
1981 on my way to Nepal
Credit: Banquo

Moments after taking this photo, I quickly changed the film in my camera just as the railroad guys nabbed me. In most of the world, taking photos of railway stations, police station, military bases and such things is frowned upon for security reasons. I was grabbed by the elbows and hauled off to meet my fate. I ended up in a very unlikely place, the switch house. I was taken upstairs to the switch room to whoever was in charge of the switch yard. It was pretty neat to be in the tower with all the big switch levers and a 360 degree view of everything. They asked for the film in my camera so I opened it up and gave them the blank roll. The yard master or whoever he was turned out to be a nice guy. We chatted and I told him I was an engineering student and found steam engines pretty fascinating. I think we even had tea and then he sent me on my way.

The only other time the cops ever grabbed me was at the post office in Kathmandu a month or so later. I was at the window buying stamps for a letter home but the clerk was stalling and taking his time. Turned out he was buying time for the cops to sneak up on me and grab me. They drug me into a little room and started asking questions about the envelope I was trying to mail which had a lump in it. They thought I was trying to mail drugs. It was actually a letter to my mom and since I had had some photos taken for trekking permit and visa applications, I was mailing some of them to her because she hadn't seen me in 6 months or so and wouldn't see me for another 6.

Credit: Banquo
this just in

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north fork
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 7, 2014 - 01:16pm PT


Cool stories banquo.
drljefe

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El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Mar 7, 2014 - 03:46pm PT
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Dr Lefttoe

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Mar 7, 2014 - 04:59pm PT
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Trusty Rusty

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Tahoe Area
Mar 7, 2014 - 05:39pm PT
Got Fingers?
Got Fingers?
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Marlow

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OSLO
Mar 8, 2014 - 09:03am PT

this just in

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north fork
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 8, 2014 - 10:32am PT

rincon

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SoCal
Mar 8, 2014 - 11:03am PT
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Lollie

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I'm Lolli.
Mar 8, 2014 - 03:13pm PT
Spring is here!

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photo not found
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MH2

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Mar 8, 2014 - 05:46pm PT
We already had Spring in February.



Now we are back to rain, rain, rain.
Psilocyborg

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Mar 8, 2014 - 05:47pm PT
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philo

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Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Mar 8, 2014 - 07:40pm PT
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Dr Lefttoe

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Mar 8, 2014 - 10:05pm PT
Credit: Dr Lefttoe
this just in

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north fork
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 9, 2014 - 11:54am PT
this just in

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north fork
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 10, 2014 - 10:54am PT
MH2

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Mar 10, 2014 - 11:16am PT
craig morris

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la
Mar 10, 2014 - 11:33am PT
Credit: craig morris
Dr Lefttoe

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Mar 10, 2014 - 12:03pm PT
Credit: Dr Lefttoe
RyanD

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Squamish
Mar 10, 2014 - 12:07pm PT
Smile!
Smile!
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MisterE

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Mar 10, 2014 - 01:00pm PT
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