Edges of Empire

KNW 2399: Edges of Empire

Hierarchy on the Railroads in India


Bengal-Nagpur Railway Construction, Photograph No. 09 (Townshend, J.C.)

This photograph displays a group of workers posing for a picture before they begin the daunting task of cutting through the mountainside to make way for a railroad.   The photograph tells a story of the organizational hierarchy put in place to manage the building of these railroads through Bengal, India. There are clear distinctions in the mannerisms and clothing on each man indicating that they all play a specific role in the construction of the railways.   Safety does not appear to be a concern for these men as they casually take one last photo before beginning their work.

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