I take the train in India

  Speaking of Indian trains, you may have such a picture in your mind: the dilapidated train is moving at high speed on the rails, the carriages are extremely crowded, and there are no doors, not only the entrance is full of passengers, but even the roof of the car is full of arhats. It seemed to be full of people. In fact, this is the situation many years ago. “Plug-in” has long become history in India.
  The Indian Railway was founded in 1853, and by 1909 it already had a fairly well-developed railway network. India’s state-owned railway is the world’s fourth largest railway system after China, the United States, and Russia. However, some trains in India are currently drawn by diesel locomotives, and there are not many electrified railways.
  In 2010, one of the most luxurious Maharaja Express trains in Indian history was opened. Starting from Mumbai, passing through the grotto paintings of Ajanta, Rajasthan palaces, and the Taj Mahal, it finally arrived in New Delhi. At each stop, passengers can get off the bus to receive a garland gift, and there will be live music performances to greet them, and then the dedicated staff on the bus will accompany them to visit the local attractions. This train has a total of 23 carriages, of which 14 are sleeper carriages, divided into presidential class, suite class, Junior (lower) suite class, and luxury class four, and can only serve up to 88 VIPs. The specially designed suspension system of the train can minimize the shaking feeling, and the bathroom equipped in the room can provide a bathtub for bathing. The train restaurant is divided into two categories: Western and Indian cuisine. Passengers can choose different themed restaurants according to their own preferences. The professional chefs on the dining car are all from the UK, which can be called a five-star hotel on the railway.
  Because of my work, since 2000, I have accompanied my friends in China on the travel train with a top speed of 160 kilometers per hour to and from New Delhi and Agra-the city where the Taj Mahal is located. Feelings.
  There are several sheets of A4 size printing paper pasted at the door of each carriage, with the names and seat numbers of the passengers in this carriage written on them. The train ticket is a real-name system. Although the ticket is not checked when entering the station, there will be a conductor to check the ticket before the start of the train or during the running process. Check the name, train number, and seat number one by one on the ticket.
  Air-conditioned trains in India provide meals for free. Not long after the train started, two waiters in uniforms pushed the dining car over. The waiter first brings you the day’s newspaper, in English and Hindi, and then delivers wet tissues. There will be an option to register eating habits when buying tickets. If you are a vegetarian, the waiter will give priority to meals. The variety of meals is very rich. The waiter delivers curry rice, omelet, French fries, juice, fruit, bread, strawberry jam, small pickles, Indian tea and some unnamed ingredients for passengers to pick up. What makes me most happy is that there are small buckets of instant noodles on the cart, and the waiter will use the boiling water on the cart to help you soak them. Finally there is ice cream or ice cream. Don’t think it’s over. It won’t take long for them to come over again and send a chewing gum-like food, which can refresh your breath by chewing. It takes about two and a half hours to drive from New Delhi to the Taj Mahal, and the standard catering service lasts for one and a half hours.
  There is a small table in front of everyone’s seat, and there is a charging socket on the side of the window. If you have an Indian mobile phone that can receive SMS codes, free WiFi is provided for passengers to use. There is no peculiar smell in the Indian train carriages, nor is it cluttered at all. The toilet on the car is very clean, whether it is flushed manually or automatically. Some have also installed biological purification vacuum toilets, sensor faucets and hand dryers.
  Railway stations in India are large and small. Generally, railway stations with the word Junction (transportation hub) are on main railway lines or hubs, and there are relatively more trains. Indian railway stations are equipped with security inspection equipment at the entrances, but the security inspections are not very strict. If you enter the station in a hurry, or go straight in unconsciously, security guards armed with guns will usually not stop you.
  The waiting halls of most railway stations are small. There is no air conditioner inside, only a few shaking head fans hung on the wall humming. Therefore, there are not many people waiting in the waiting hall, and there are almost no foreigners in the limited rows of seats, most of which are locals in India. They stand or sit, and even lie on chairs. The late passengers basically find an open place casually, lie down all the way, no one comes to scold them and drive them away, but everyone is fine.
  Most of the pit stops are stairs without escalators. Most of the platforms are constructed with aluminum alloy greenhouses. Although some greenhouses are simple, they also provide shade and shelter from the rain. A yellow sign with information such as platform and car level is hung above the platform aisle, so that everyone can quickly find their platform.
  Finally, let me talk about the ancillary facilities of the Indian railway station. Luggage storage offices are often in the corners of the platform, and the location is not obvious. Luggage must be locked before the staff can accept it. The restaurant at the station only sells milk, milk tea and beverages. The snacks are basically Indian. A few stations provide waiting rooms with air-conditioning and shower rooms for passengers who purchase AC1 and AC2 tickets to use after registration. The uniformed staff at the information desk are very patient, but the Indian accent English is a big test for us.
  It’s not personal experience, I don’t know the truth. Indian trains are actually quite good.