I foot plated for 15 years in Mumbai, traveling in driving cabs of EMUs with Motormen friends and electric locomotives with driver friends. Many of my friends have since retired or left for heaven now.
That ended some 30 years ago when I left India. Or did it really???
The relationship that was forged during this period is so close that I travel with friends who still work for Railway as Motorman, Driver or Driving Inspector.
Life in railway is more or less similar to our life, good, bad and ugly
25 hours or more, there is no coroner; it's natural death, period.
Commuters have no idea what the life of Railway crew is, how their managers beat the odds to keep the trains running. Only the insiders know that part of the picture.
Those 250+ M/men and some 30+ A-grade drivers were integral part of my life
till I left the country. I shared their happiness as well as sorrows.
I am not a writer by profession so please excuse me for errors, offenses, if any.