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#1 Apr 16th, 2014, 22:44
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Surprising with a bit of irony http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/i...w/33799557.cms
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Solapur is known to shock a lot of people. I was pickpocketed not long ago on the platform.
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Context in the heading of the new post would have helped. In future references and to elicit more responses now.

On the actual article front, I'm wondering why you said irony. I don't travel by trains that often so I don't know what you mean. Care to elaborate?
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Re: An unpleasant surprise

Thanks guys.
I wrote the heading without much deliberation about number of contingent responses. One more area where I have found myself to be wanting
I just checked the exact meaning of irony and one finger search on a very small screen returned '' A state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often wryly amusing as a result''. I won't bother to elaborate more, dinner is served
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post Solapur is known to shock a lot of people. I was pickpocketed not long ago on the platform.
Did the chihuahua bit his fingers off?
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it doesn't really come as much of a surprise that off the cuff diversions of trains on a system as large and complex as the IR system can occasionally foul up. No doubt the teenage scribbler at the Comic of India would have been equally outraged if the train had been stopped short and everybody told to get off.
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Never heard such things in my life. It is another case of "budhwite jar bakhya hoy na" - no logic can explain such happenings. Well, should we repeat this off repeated comment: "this can happen only in India"?!
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Re: An unpleasant surprise

An occasional foul up can cause something like this http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaisal_train_disaster
Not very reassuring. By the way I'm catching an overnighter tomorrow, I hope I don't end up where I started.
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Originally Posted by iamsomnath View Post An occasional foul up can cause something like this http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaisal_train_disaster
The great majority of rail accidents anywhere in the world are caused by signalling errors which is why most systems invest heavily in attempting to eliminate the scope for human error.

There appears to be no serious will in India to invest the money needed to bring the system anywhere near modern standards.

IR seem to be fair game for all and sundry to criticise. The energy expended thus would be put to better use asking politicians why they prevaricate and starve the system of funds.
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Weird accidents happen in "technically advanced" places too:

http://wwwhomes.uni-bielefeld.de/cgo...ionWarngau.pdf
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Responses galore including another suggestion about more efficient use of energy !!! Good night all.... Will check out in the morning
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Originally Posted by Dave W View Post The great majority of rail accidents anywhere in the world are caused by signalling errors which is why most systems invest heavily in attempting to eliminate the scope for humasn error.

There appears to be no serious will in India to invest the money needed to bring the system anywhere near modern standards.

IR seem to be fair game for all and sundry to criticise. The energy expended thus would be put to better use asking politicians why they prevaricate and starve the system of funds.
Very true, Dave. Successive railway ministers over the last few years have treated the railways as their own personal fiefdom, to be used and abused only for garnering as many votes as possible for their party with as many populist measures as possible. The hapless passengers are of course paying with their lives.
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Originally Posted by Dave W View Post it doesn't really come as much of a surprise that off the cuff diversions of trains on a system as large and complex as the IR system can occasionally foul up...
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Originally Posted by asishdas View Post ... "this can happen only in India"?!
I once heard that, in Russia, whole trains go missing. There are staff wandering around sidings trying to locate them

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Originally Posted by Dave W View Post There appears to be no serious will in India to invest the money needed to bring the system anywhere near modern standards.
Ah, the conversation turns serious

There is no serious value for life, therefore little effort is made to preserve it. Please, someone, point me at the last serious effort at road safety, or even any enquiry or interest in it, by any member of central government.
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There's 3 trains that split somewhere near Guntakal spliting carriages between them, the trains then go on to Tirupati, Kolhapur and Hyderabad, something went wrong a few years ago and a few carriages ended up at the wrong destination (Hyderabad I think), because the splits happen in the middle of the night, nobody noticed.
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Too many passenger trains to placate the minister and too little resources (and skilled man power) to manage it?

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