Photographer's Note

I’ve always loved trains. Trains in India are not merely means of transportation, they are living organisms- accommodating mini-indias inside them and traveling place to place...

Imagine a typical scene at a platform-
It is almost silent. Everyone- passengers, vendors, coolies, and even the platform itself- is eagerly waiting for the next train. Here comes the announcement- "The Train will be here in 10 minutes!".

The announcement is enough to get everyone charged up. A sense of urgency prevails amongst all. Passengers start cross-checking their tickets and packing their stuff, vendors get ready with their items and coolies start taking ‘positions’. These ’10 minutes’ seem to be never ending. It takes countless anxious looks of waiting eyes on tracks after it finally appears from infinity. Amazingly, its size gets bigger as it comes closer. Moving with its gracious gait, it enters the platform. The vibration bcoz of its movement can be felt on platform also. Finally, with a shrill whistle, it proudly announces, "Look! I’ve arrived!!!".

Some facts about Indian Railway:
- With first passenger train run on 16th April 1853, Indian Railway is in existence with its commendable performance since the last 150 years.

- Indian Railways is known to be the largest railway network in Asia.

- It is the largest railway system in the world under a single management.

- It employs about 1.6 million people, making itself the second largest commercial or utility employer in the world.

- It boasts of more than 7,500 railway stations and a fleet of not less than 7800 locomotives, 40,000 coaches & 3,26,000 wagons.

- Each year, more than 4 billion passenger journeys are made by Indian railway.

This is my tribute to the 'Life line of India'...

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