In 1993, this was the only kind of “fast food” available at stops along the Trans-Siberian Railway. While wealthier people, tourists included, enjoyed a dining car, these babushkas, who were photographed outside the small town of Arkhara, just north of the Chinese border, sell basic produce to the Russians who tend to occupy the majority of Trans-Siberian cars, which have no eating accommodations. Walking through these cars, I spotted a young Mongolian man, shirtless, devouring a complete, raw fish, its head and tail in his hands, his mouth covered in shiny silver scales. Most of the babushkas used old baby carriages to move their produce to and from the stations. The longest stops were 15 minutes; many were 5 minutes. Veteran riders never wandered far from the trains.