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Howrah

Previously I showed the exterior of a no frills chair car. Here, to the left is a sleeper car and to the right is an air conditioned chair car, a Shatabdi ("centenary" in Sanskrit). Shatabdi Express trains travel at 130 to 140kmph and one particular train apparently does 150 top speed, 91 average speed.   

 

This was taken at Howrah Station, a railway station serving the twin cities of Kolkata and Howrah. The time was approximately 5.45 am and the wake up call for the visible sleepers may come soon in the form of a short blast from a departing locomotive horn.

Howrah

Previously I showed the exterior of a no frills chair car. Here, to the left is a sleeper car and to the right is an air conditioned chair car, a Shatabdi ("centenary" in Sanskrit). Shatabdi Express trains travel at 130 to 140kmph and one particular train apparently does 150 top speed, 91 average speed.   

 

This was taken at Howrah Station, a railway station serving the twin cities of Kolkata and Howrah. The time was approximately 5.45 am and the wake up call for the visible sleepers may come soon in the form of a short blast from a departing locomotive horn.

comments (22)

A very nice atmospheric perspectve Ayush!
Ayush Basu: I am pleased you think so Richard smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 10 Aug 2014, 07:23
Very interesting Ayush: sleeper trains suggest long journeys
Ayush Basu: Howrah is a major city on the eastern seaboard and there are a lot of long distance trains originating. Thank you Chris
I imagine this station will soon be very busy Ayush. I see one chap seems to have decided to set up his own Sleeper grin
Ayush Basu: Haha, wait till the loco of the departing train gives him a gentle wake up call, Bill.
Having seen film of Indian trains in the rush-hour I guess this is quite a peaceful time of day.
Ayush Basu: This platform caters to long distance trains (other platforms are dedicated to incoming commuter trains heading to Kolkata for the day's work). But you're right Brian, this was around 5.45am.
You can also wash your hands there?
Ayush Basu: LC, that is potable water
I can imagine how, in a very short time, the place would be heaving with people.
Ayush Basu: Thank you for the visit Pauline. Yes, every once in a while a train will bring in loads of people.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 10 Aug 2014, 20:11
Very interesting! Like the other visitors I assume that the staion is still quiet. Are there any benches for sitting? I see a few persons sleeping on the pavement.
Ayush Basu: Thank you Philine, for the comment. I believe they work around the platform such as loading goods wagons and so on. They sleep wherever they can. And this shot was taken around 5.45am. And yes, there are benches but far and few in between.
Much less crowded than I imagine it will be later in the day!
Ayush Basu: These platforms are for the long distance trains and thus perhaps not expected to be severely crowded. It is an entirely different story for the platforms serving the commuter trains pulling in every morning.
Early start for a few, why the sleeping passengers on the platform Ayush? have they been there all night?
Ayush Basu: I believe they work around the platform such as loading goods wagons and so on. They sleep wherever they can. And this shot was taken around 5.45am.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 Aug 2014, 22:11
Looks like someone dear on the platform wink I've been on a sleeper; not by choice (an ash cloud stopped aircraft flying). Not too bad, though, but very expensive.
Ayush Basu: Here, the fares are very cheap and it is kept artificially depressed for political reasons I understand.
I can't imagine napping like that.
very nice shot.
Ayush Basu: Thanks, Michael. I believe they work around the platform such as loading goods wagons and so on. They sleep wherever they can. And this shot was taken around 5.45am.
Great photojournalism I think Ayush!
Ayush Basu: Thank you for the generous comment Elizabeth, but a lot of it is from the 'net tongue
I LOVE trains, Ayush, but after hearing from Ray about the many derailments where he lives, I'm hoping these trains at such speeds are much better off???
Ayush Basu: I would not say that derailments are unheard of, Ginnie. But there is room for enhancing the efficiency and safety.... by a lot.
  • blackdog
  • This Sceptred Isle
  • 11 Aug 2014, 10:00
This looks remarkably calm for an Indian railway station despite the early hour!
Ayush Basu: I think around the time these trains pulled in, there would have been a flurry of activity around here!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 11 Aug 2014, 10:30
Those sleepers must be on a final warning from the boss - if you come late again, you are fired. So, now they sleep in the station building for an early start.

Years ago, I had a colleague, who was constantly in trouble. So after a party, he would drive to work and sleep in his car in the parking area. When we arrived at work, we banged on the roof until he woke. Stayed out of trouble smile
Ayush Basu: Haha, good one Louis! Thank you for the smiles.
As others have commented, I'm more familiar with the sight of a busy Indian station. I really enjoyed train travel in India.......so many good memories smile
Ayush Basu: I think around the time these trains pulled in, there would have been a flurry of activity around here. And I am pleased to hear you had good memories of train travel in India!
  • gutteridge
  • where latitude and attitude meet
  • 11 Aug 2014, 14:28
I'm afraid that I would wish for the air-conditioned car Ayush.
Ayush Basu: Chad, may I suggest that you open the door and sit down on the steps and enjoy the oncoming rush of air on your person while you take in the country side? smile
Rail travel still very agreeable.
Ayush Basu: I am with you completely, John
wow... what an insight Ayush!
Ayush Basu: Am pleased you liked it Ronky smile
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Aug 2014, 00:20
Perfectly composed and I like the interesting information that accompanies it.
Ayush Basu: Glad to hear that Cherie
The lady in yellow seems to have all her bags in order and is ready to board. Will there be a porter to help her with her luggage, Ayush?
Ayush Basu: I suppose she is travelling in a group but yes, there are porters around who lift back breaking loads for perhaps less than a dollar, Beverly.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 12 Aug 2014, 16:12
Fine shot, that brings back memories of stepping over hundreds of people sleeping on the platform at Delhi station, in 1997, when I was there to catch to first train of the day to Agra.
Ayush Basu: Thrilling! I cannot lay claim to such a feat, Ray...

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