BarfBag From India, joined Mar 2001, 2085 posts, RR: 6 Reply 1, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2424 times:
Put a moron near a railway track and (s)he'll cross it like that. Nothing to do with Indian practices, but the person's own stupidity. In smaller stations, people often cross the tracks at well defined concretized pedestrian crossings across the tracks, especially when carrying luggage that is hard to carry across the overhead pedestrian crossing. With no elevators at such places, the concretized path is the standard option, just as with, say, some Amtrak Caltrain stations. But this is done when the trains are stationary, not when the Rajdhani Express is hurtling in at 130km/h .
LAXspotter From India, joined Jan 2007, 3650 posts, RR: 5 Reply 3, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2402 times:
Holy shit that was a close call, i have never seen trains go so fast next to the platform, damn that was dangerous. Indians are experts at avoiding those, dont try to cross the street in India like the indians, you will get killed.
"Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel" Samuel Johnson
HAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31457 posts, RR: 57 Reply 4, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2337 times:
Many people,Just too many people out here,take things very casually & live risks every single day.Some just don't learn that it pays to be safe.
The overhead bridge is rarely used by majority.
I don't think this is quite the case (as in such a tight scrape), as most Indian trains go much slower than this one.. So I'm guessing the couple did not imagine the train would be on them quite as fast as it actually happened! I don't think they'll chance this ever again
BlueElephant From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 1810 posts, RR: 6 Reply 12, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2189 times:
I can't say that it is Normal to nearly die at the hands of a speeding train, but People do it in a slightly less risky situation all the time. There are bridges to cross overhead but it takes too much time for some.
People are always in a Rush at train stations.....I wish there was a video of the board of a Second Class car of the Mumbai Local...Would show the craziness that happens when a train comes into the station.
I did it once....Took a Fast Local from Churchgate....to Borivali....during Rush Hour....an easy way to get hurt if you don't know what you're doing.
Quoting LAXspotter (Reply 3): dont try to cross the street in India like the indians, you will get killed.
BarfBag From India, joined Mar 2001, 2085 posts, RR: 6 Reply 19, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2106 times:
Quoting Mdsh00 (Reply 17): Pretty normal actually. There's just so many commuters during the day in Mumbai.
Some routes on the Bombay suburban are extraordinarily crowded. Others much less so. The system was long underinvested in. Through the network is over 300kms long and generally well regarded for ease of access and mobility, the rolling stock and signalling was not upgraded regularly to handle greater frequency and capacity to mitigate congestion.
It is only last year that construction began on the Bombay Metro, a new 160km, $5 billion system currently being built by a consortium comprising Anil Ambani's Reliance-ADAG group, Hong Kong MTR and Connex, on the lines of the Delhi Metro. It will not be opened until 2009 or so.