|Itarsi Junction (standard:travel stories, 692 words)|
|Author: Juggernaut||Added: Feb 02 2013||Views/Reads: 1057/706||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Itarsi Junction is a main raiway terminal in the center of India. Juggernaut shares his experiene of travelling through Itarsi Junction few decades ago.|
Itarsi Junction Subba Rao A trip from Banaras to Hyderabad around 1000 miles took just over 30 hours on a train. Juggernaut took this trip four decades ago when he was a graduate student briefly at Banaras Hindu University. The slow moving train stopped at numerous stations including Allahabad, the birth place of Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, immediately after independence from Great Britain in 1947. Itarsi Junction is halfway to Hyderabad, around 500 miles from Banaras, one of the largest railway stations in India located in central part of the country. As the train approached Itarsi, the rail tracks were multiplied on either side of the running train, some ran parallel and others curved away in different directions. On some tracks crowded trains were just leaving the platform while others slowly approaching the train stop. Several freight trains were parked at a distance on the spurt for loading and unloading. In between the tracks, maintenance crew was working in very close proximity to the running trains without fear. From large open windows, one cans see signal men operating the levers arranged in series in the control room to change the direction of trains while others were weaving green flags to the trains just leaving station. Looking from the train window Juggernaut was amazed at the complexity of the operations as the train slowly pulled into the Itarsi station. Decades ago, many locomotive engines were still running on coal and few on diesel. The steam engines puffing black smoke and letting out excess steam with characteristic hissing sound was an experience to remember lifelong. As the train slowed down on approaching the platform,, the station appointed porters in crimson uniform ran on the platform along the haling train to jump into the railcars to seek passengers to carry their baggage to parking lots. Holding on to one or two pieces of baggage, the porters bargain with the passengers on carrying charges, some porters bold enough to take hold of the baggage and move quickly onto the platform only to demand exorbitant fee later. Few porters fight among themselves, holding a piece of passengers' baggage leaving the passenger in confusion. This drama occurs at every busy train station. A station like Itarsi junction with multiple platforms with several trains arriving and departing at the same time, the place was a Click here to read the rest of this story (60 more lines)
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