Things Looking Up for India's Trains

The notorious India Railways, a legendary mess of cramped and dirty coaches on which millions of long-suffering commuters are often forced to perch dangerously atop long-delayed and slow-moving trains, is starting to show signs of a turnaround. The state-owned network is the world’s single biggest employer with nearly 1.5 million workers. It currently operates nearly 15,000 trains, including over 10,000 passenger trains, across a 70,000 km network, ferrying more than 15 million passengers and more than 1.5 million tonnes of freight daily. It has been the luckless star of countless movies for its tardiness, legions of passengers hanging on for dear life, and shambolic stations.

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