Photographer's Note

Gert, Paul and Craig showed lately the photos from India, so I felt "inspired".
In Gert's pictures we saw the huge crowd of passengers wanting to go somewhere by train. So maybe someone will find it interesting how the trains look inside. Here you can see the interior of the so called sleeper class.

This is the way most of the less-well-off Indian population travels long-distance, and the majority of cars on a long-distance train will be sleeper class. Sleeper class consists of open plan berths with upper, middle and lower bunks arranged in bays of six on one side of the aisle, and along the coach wall in bays of two (upper and lower) on the other side of the aisle. Bedding is not provided, so bring a sleeping bag. Sleeper class is found on almost all long-distance trains except for the premier 'Rajdhani Express' services. Sleeper class can be quite crowded (although in theory all berths must be reserved, so it can't get overcrowded), and it's fairly grubby and basic. On the other hand, you get a better view of the countryside then in AC coaches, where the windows are sealed, tinted, and sometimes dirty. In summer, there are fans on the ceiling and a breeze from the windows. In winter, wrap up warm at night and take a sleeping bag and fleece, as it can get cold. Sleeper class is used by the more adventurous backpackers, who are prepared to take the rough with the smooth...

I am a bit adventurous backpacker so I went by sleeper class and found it quite an experience. Buying the tickets is difficult. The best (and maybe only way) is to ask in the hotel.

Archive picture, poor quality and nothing special. I do not expect smileys, but I post it just for fun.
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Mumbai railway station. in 2004.

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