Photos of Crowded Trains in India

I was reading on Business Insider  that around 25,000 people die every year on India’s railways.

Some of these casualties come from train wrecks, of which there are many, but the vast majority come from people falling out of open doors or being hit on the tracks, according to Agence France Presse.

During rush hours, trains are a nightmare in first class and general compartments, as commuters scramble for every inch of space. Bent on saving time, people recklessly cross tracks to catch their trains, and women often take to chopping vegetables in preparation for dinner.

Despite the chaos, 18 million people buy tickets every day on Indian Railways.  Can you imagine being in this queue?

Commuters push on to an over-packed train.   Notice that there is a person on/near the ceiling.
Here are a couple photos of passengers on top of a train, or hanging partially out the door.   Can you imagine travelling like this?

1 Comment »

  1. Ewout Boks Said,

    March 22, 2012 @ 6:02 am

    India – everyone has a mobile phone and uses internet, but :
    – trains are horribly overloaded
    – electricity brown out every day
    – dirt & dust & beggars everywhere

    A very interesting mix . I love India! There a so many people there, at a certain point you just feel overwhelmed.

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