London Mayor travelled on Mumbai local

#1 Nov 22nd, 2007, 07:50
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Travelled from Bandra to Churchgate on Wednesday Nov 21. Apparently he wanted to experience the ‘super dense crush crowd' in trains himself (at least that is what was reported. It definitely is an experience).
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I'm going to try something like that myself in February. Hopefully I get inside the train.
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Good old Ken!
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Originally Posted by New-South-Welshman View Post I'm going to try something like that myself in February. Hopefully I get inside the train.
Just stand near the entrance of the gate & the crowd will push you inside.

On a more serious note board a Borivali slow from Churchgate in the morning hrs. (will get a window seat at this time) & then see how it gets crowded at Dadar.

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Ah, my dad boarded one this Tuesday (he was on a one day visit) and his pocket got picked. He came back safely later in the evening but not without many anxious moments.
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Aaaaahhh - brings back memories of the red wedge concerts when I lived in London, Red Ken, Billy Bragg.. those were the days. (Actually Billy B is still touring and still one of my favourites!)
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Originally Posted by mridula View Post Ah, my dad boarded one this Tuesday (he was on a one day visit) and his pocket got picked. He came back safely later in the evening but not without many anxious moments.
Sorry to hear the same.
Picking pockets & mobile thefts are very common in suburban trains. Even those who travel 365 days in trains are victims of these, let alone irregular commuters.

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Apparently he wanted to experience the ‘super dense crush crowd' in trains himself
What?
Has he not travelled at rush hour on the underground in his own city? Or the overground come to that...my colleague told me the crowds were backed up the station stairs at Clapham the other week; he watched four trains go past without taking a single person on board.

This reminds me of when our own dear (former) education minister here in Wales took a trip to New Zealand to see what education was like there. Presumably on the grounds that NZ is comparable to Wales because it has a lot of sheep.
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Originally Posted by karuna View Post What?
Has he not travelled at rush hour on the underground in his own city? Or the overground come to that...my colleague told me the crowds were backed up the station stairs at Clapham the other week; he watched four trains go past without taking a single person on board.

This reminds me of when our own dear (former) education minister here in Wales took a trip to New Zealand to see what education was like there. Presumably on the grounds that NZ is comparable to Wales because it has a lot of sheep.
You're right - I used to catch buses all across London to avoid peak hour tubes.... Once I was at that really deep underground one in central London (Can't remember the name now) and the backup went all the way up the 5 escalators and into the tubes - so you got carried along completely without control down steep escalators. SO Scary...
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I stayed in Mumbai a couple of years ago for an extended amount of time and caught the train from Andheri Station to Churchgate at peak hourse to work at SNDT women's university. I loved the pushing and pulling (ladies carriage only of course). I would laugh my way through it every day. I was told not to apologise and just push, otherwise I would never get off or on the train. Great memories! Of course if that was my daily routine all the time, I would think differently. Don't know how you Mumbaikers do it. Hats off to you
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Originally Posted by karuna View Post What?
This reminds me of when our own dear (former) education minister here in Wales took a trip to New Zealand to see what education was like there. Presumably on the grounds that NZ is comparable to Wales because it has a lot of sheep.
And that rugby is the biggest sport in both countries.

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Originally Posted by shahronakm View Post Just stand near the entrance of the gate & the crowd will push you inside.

On a more serious note board a Borivali slow from Churchgate in the morning hrs. (will get a window seat at this time) & then see how it gets crowded at Dadar.

Ronak.
I'll try this actually. Thanks for the advice. I just wanna see how packed it gets and it's comething I can tell people that I've experienced.

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