File this one under the wild world of transport.
Picture this: a bustling market brimming with exotic fruits and vegetables, overhanging canopies and vendors hawking their wares. It’s like a scene from your favorite adventure movie come to life. In the distance a train can be heard. Like clockwork the vendors begin folding up their canopies and pushing their fruit stands out of the way revealing what looks to be railroad tracks on the ground below.
Welcome to the Maeklong Market in Thailand. And yes, those are railroad tracks and trains still use them. Four times a day in fact.
According to the Hotel Club Travel Blog the market was there first, and when the train line was built in 1905 the market vendors remained – no such thing as eminent domain for these folks. Since then it seems that the train and the vendors have lived in relative harmony, although in this video from celebrity chef Anthony Bordain the train does manage to snag a canopy and make a small mess of the marketplace.
A search of YouTube reveals many more videos of this unique from of transit oriented development.
By comparison, the seemingly narrow street running portion of the Gold Line in Highland Park ends up looking incredibly spacious. Check out a Metro safety video about that section of track after the jump.