I took these pictures of an impressively large collection of railway rolling stock at Tbilisi Central Railway Station almost ten years ago. Georgian Railway runs a relatively small network and judging by the variety of paint jobs and the condition of some of the carriages these were older, out-of-service units that had been lined up on the marshalling tracks at the station and abandoned. Some are clearly very old like the restaurant car in the third picture where the word ‘restaurant’ is in Cyrillic rather than Georgian script. The smoke visible from some of the carriages comes from heaters, or possibly stoves, or both, that were lit by security guards who spent their days watching over the rolling stock and who had converted some of them into guard huts.

I liked the combination of strong lines, repeated shapes and different colours. The covered walkway visible in the first, fourth and last pictures was lined with little shops and market stalls selling all kinds of food, household goods and bric-a-brac. Looking at more recent satellite images the ranks have thinned out since my time though there is still a good number left further along the tracks.