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Riding the Indian railways

Commuters walk past a vendor selling fruits at a railway station in Kolkata February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

Commuters walk past a vendor selling fruits at a railway station in Kolkata February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

Commuters walk past a vendor selling fruits at a railway station in Kolkata February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood
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A vendor moves from one train to another at a railway station in Kolkata February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A vendor moves from one train to another at a railway station in Kolkata February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A vendor moves from one train to another at a railway station in Kolkata February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
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Commuters stand on the door of a passenger train as milk containers hang on the windows in Ghaziabad, on the outskirts of New Delhi, February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

Commuters stand on the door of a passenger train as milk containers hang on the windows in Ghaziabad, on the outskirts of New Delhi, February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

Commuters stand on the door of a passenger train as milk containers hang on the windows in Ghaziabad, on the outskirts of New Delhi, February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee
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Commuters cross railway tracks as trains wait at a suburban station in Mumbai February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Commuters cross railway tracks as trains wait at a suburban station in Mumbai February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Commuters cross railway tracks as trains wait at a suburban station in Mumbai February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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Commuters wait on a crowded railway platform as a train enters a suburban station in Mumbai February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Commuters wait on a crowded railway platform as a train enters a suburban station in Mumbai February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Commuters wait on a crowded railway platform as a train enters a suburban station in Mumbai February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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Commuters try cross railway tracks as trains wait at a suburban station in Mumbai February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Commuters try cross railway tracks as trains wait at a suburban station in Mumbai February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Commuters try cross railway tracks as trains wait at a suburban station in Mumbai February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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Commuters wait on a crowded railway platform as a train enters a suburban station in Mumbai February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Commuters wait on a crowded railway platform as a train enters a suburban station in Mumbai February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Commuters wait on a crowded railway platform as a train enters a suburban station in Mumbai February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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Commuters wait on a crowded railway platform as a train enters a suburban station in Mumbai February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Commuters wait on a crowded railway platform as a train enters a suburban station in Mumbai February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Commuters wait on a crowded railway platform as a train enters a suburban station in Mumbai February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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Commuters travel in a passenger train as milk containers hang on the windows in Ghaziabad, on the outskirts of New Delhi, February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

Commuters travel in a passenger train as milk containers hang on the windows in Ghaziabad, on the outskirts of New Delhi, February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

Commuters travel in a passenger train as milk containers hang on the windows in Ghaziabad, on the outskirts of New Delhi, February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee
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A commuter peeps out of a passenger train window as the train approaches to a station in Ghaziabad, on the outskirts of New Delhi, February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

A commuter peeps out of a passenger train window as the train approaches to a station in Ghaziabad, on the outskirts of New Delhi, February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

A commuter peeps out of a passenger train window as the train approaches to a station in Ghaziabad, on the outskirts of New Delhi, February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee
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Commuters hang onto a crowded local passenger train in the eastern Indian city of Patna February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

Commuters hang onto a crowded local passenger train in the eastern Indian city of Patna February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

Commuters hang onto a crowded local passenger train in the eastern Indian city of Patna February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee
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A commuter walks inside at a railway station in Kolkata February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

A commuter walks inside at a railway station in Kolkata February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

A commuter walks inside at a railway station in Kolkata February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee
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A worker cleans railway tracks at a station in the southern Indian city of Chennai February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

A worker cleans railway tracks at a station in the southern Indian city of Chennai February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

A worker cleans railway tracks at a station in the southern Indian city of Chennai February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee
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A girl peeps out of an emergency window of a passenger train at a station in Ahmedabad February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

A girl peeps out of an emergency window of a passenger train at a station in Ahmedabad February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

A girl peeps out of an emergency window of a passenger train at a station in Ahmedabad February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee
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Labourers build new railway tracks at Mahishadal village, south of Kolkata February 23, 2015. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

Labourers build new railway tracks at Mahishadal village, south of Kolkata February 23, 2015. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

Labourers build new railway tracks at Mahishadal village, south of Kolkata February 23, 2015. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
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A labourer carries dried clay to be used in floral vases on a platform as she crosses railway tracks at Mahishadal village, south of Kolkata February 23, 2015. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A labourer carries dried clay to be used in floral vases on a platform as she crosses railway tracks at Mahishadal village, south of Kolkata February 23, 2015. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A labourer carries dried clay to be used in floral vases on a platform as she crosses railway tracks at Mahishadal village, south of Kolkata February 23, 2015. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
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Porters rest as they wait to load goods onto a train at railway platform in Kolkata February 23, 2015. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

Porters rest as they wait to load goods onto a train at railway platform in Kolkata February 23, 2015. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

Porters rest as they wait to load goods onto a train at railway platform in Kolkata February 23, 2015. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
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A porter sleeps on a hand cart at a railway platform in Kolkata February 23, 2015. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A porter sleeps on a hand cart at a railway platform in Kolkata February 23, 2015. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A porter sleeps on a hand cart at a railway platform in Kolkata February 23, 2015. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
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Labourers work at the installation site of a new railway track on the outskirts of Agartala, capital of Tripura February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey

Labourers work at the installation site of a new railway track on the outskirts of Agartala, capital of Tripura February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey

Labourers work at the installation site of a new railway track on the outskirts of Agartala, capital of Tripura February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey
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A man reads the newspaper as he commutes to work by a local train in Mumbai February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade

A man reads the newspaper as he commutes to work by a local train in Mumbai February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade

A man reads the newspaper as he commutes to work by a local train in Mumbai February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade
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An Indian Railways maintenance staff member reacts as she attempts to climb into the coach of a parked train at a railway station in Bengaluru February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa

An Indian Railways maintenance staff member reacts as she attempts to climb into the coach of a parked train at a railway station in Bengaluru February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa

An Indian Railways maintenance staff member reacts as she attempts to climb into the coach of a parked train at a railway station in Bengaluru February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa
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A boy reacts to the camera as he plays on the window grill of a passenger train with its livery pasted with posters of a regional movie at a railway station in Bengaluru February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A boy reacts to the camera as he plays on the window grill of a passenger train with its livery pasted with posters of a regional movie at a railway station in Bengaluru February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A boy reacts to the camera as he plays on the window grill of a passenger train with its livery pasted with posters of a regional movie at a railway station in Bengaluru February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
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Passengers sit in a crowded coach of a train at a railway station in Allahabad February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash

Passengers sit in a crowded coach of a train at a railway station in Allahabad February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash

Passengers sit in a crowded coach of a train at a railway station in Allahabad February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash
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Commuters eat in a crowded coach of a passenger train at a railway station in Kolkata February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

Commuters eat in a crowded coach of a passenger train at a railway station in Kolkata February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

Commuters eat in a crowded coach of a passenger train at a railway station in Kolkata February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
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A worker cleans rail tracks at a railway station in Kolkata February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A worker cleans rail tracks at a railway station in Kolkata February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A worker cleans rail tracks at a railway station in Kolkata February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
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Commuters line up to board a passenger train at a railway station in Kolkata February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

Commuters line up to board a passenger train at a railway station in Kolkata February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

Commuters line up to board a passenger train at a railway station in Kolkata February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
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Porters prepare to load goods onto a train at a railway station in Kolkata February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

Porters prepare to load goods onto a train at a railway station in Kolkata February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

Porters prepare to load goods onto a train at a railway station in Kolkata February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee
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An Indian Railway police official films commuters as they board a passenger train at a railway station in Kolkata February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

An Indian Railway police official films commuters as they board a passenger train at a railway station in Kolkata February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

An Indian Railway police official films commuters as they board a passenger train at a railway station in Kolkata February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee
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Indian Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu (C) arrives at the parliament to unveil the railway budget in New Delhi February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Indian Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu (C) arrives at the parliament to unveil the railway budget in New Delhi February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Indian Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu (C) arrives at the parliament to unveil the railway budget in New Delhi February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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Indian Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu arrives at the parliament to unveil the railway budget in New Delhi February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Indian Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu arrives at the parliament to unveil the railway budget in New Delhi February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Indian Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu arrives at the parliament to unveil the railway budget in New Delhi February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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Indian Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu arrives at the parliament to unveil the railway budget in New Delhi February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Indian Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu arrives at the parliament to unveil the railway budget in New Delhi February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Indian Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu arrives at the parliament to unveil the railway budget in New Delhi February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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Commuters board suburban trains during the evening rush hour at Churchgate railway station in Mumbai February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade

Commuters board suburban trains during the evening rush hour at Churchgate railway station in Mumbai February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade

Commuters board suburban trains during the evening rush hour at Churchgate railway station in Mumbai February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade
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An Indian Railways worker cleans a coach of a passenger train at a railway station in Ahmedabad February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Amit Dave

An Indian Railways worker cleans a coach of a passenger train at a railway station in Ahmedabad February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Amit Dave

An Indian Railways worker cleans a coach of a passenger train at a railway station in Ahmedabad February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Amit Dave
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Labourers work at the installation site of a new railway track on the outskirts of Agartala, capital of Tripura February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey

Labourers work at the installation site of a new railway track on the outskirts of Agartala, capital of Tripura February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey

Labourers work at the installation site of a new railway track on the outskirts of Agartala, capital of Tripura February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey
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A passenger looks out from the window of a stationed train at a railway station in Jammu February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta

A passenger looks out from the window of a stationed train at a railway station in Jammu February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta

A passenger looks out from the window of a stationed train at a railway station in Jammu February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta
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Passengers travel on an overcrowded train on the outskirts of New Delhi February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

Passengers travel on an overcrowded train on the outskirts of New Delhi February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

Passengers travel on an overcrowded train on the outskirts of New Delhi February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood
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Passengers travel on an overcrowded train on the outskirts of New Delhi February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

Passengers travel on an overcrowded train on the outskirts of New Delhi February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

Passengers travel on an overcrowded train on the outskirts of New Delhi February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood
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Passengers travel on an overcrowded train on the outskirts of New Delhi February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

Passengers travel on an overcrowded train on the outskirts of New Delhi February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

Passengers travel on an overcrowded train on the outskirts of New Delhi February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood
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A woman cooks food next to a train passing through a slum area in Kolkata February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A woman cooks food next to a train passing through a slum area in Kolkata February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A woman cooks food next to a train passing through a slum area in Kolkata February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
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A man takes a bath on a railway track next to a train passing through a slum area in Kolkata February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A man takes a bath on a railway track next to a train passing through a slum area in Kolkata February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A man takes a bath on a railway track next to a train passing through a slum area in Kolkata February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
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A worker cleans a stationed train at a railway station in Jammu February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta

A worker cleans a stationed train at a railway station in Jammu February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta

A worker cleans a stationed train at a railway station in Jammu February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta
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A suburban train passes through a slum area over a bridge in Mumbai February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade

A suburban train passes through a slum area over a bridge in Mumbai February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade

A suburban train passes through a slum area over a bridge in Mumbai February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade
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A man unloads bags containing the railway budget papers, from a vehicle at the parliament in New Delhi February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

A man unloads bags containing the railway budget papers, from a vehicle at the parliament in New Delhi February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

A man unloads bags containing the railway budget papers, from a vehicle at the parliament in New Delhi February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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