There is a lot to the infamous lifeline of Mumbai, also commonly known as the Mumbai local. The trains that run from Churchgate to Virar on the Western line, CST to Thane on the Central line and CST to Andheri and then Andheri to Panvel on the Harbour line, carry approximately 7.24 million commuters daily. It’s truly a miracle as to how these trains work-the power supply, the punctuality (well, almost), the changing of routes, the traffic control, the efficiency of the motormen and so on. Local trains bring an image of over-crowded train compartments with people literally hanging out of them, dirty smells of sweat, filthy station platforms and odd train timings i.e. 8:27 am, 5:49 pm etc to one’s mind. There is enough said about these aspects of the Mumbai local.

I have been a regular local train traveler for about five years now, and I can vouch…

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