Andrew Galvin : Day 3 – Sat On The Adi-Jat

From the outset we knew our journey could suffer under the law of diminishing return. The most obvious set in early with the fading of our initial adrenaline inspired levels of nervous energy. While we all bounced off the first train with the glee of children at a fun fair keen to get in line for the next ride, Mick observed that the sight of us disembarking from our second leg was a little more bleary than cheery. We’re blaming the five o’clock wake up and the ageing rattly rolling stock but a few of us know that the process of wear and tear will transfer from trains to passengers in due course. Sadly this was true of our valued compadre, Tim, who reached the starting line hampered by Delhi belly only to be hammered by a draughty bone shaker of a train. Tim has returned to the pits for a little TLC and hopes to rejoin the race in a few laps. This evening we find ourselves on a plusher and smoother running train but it’s had its own minor drop off. As I stood in the open doorway camera in hand, eyeing up a promising shot of sunset over Rajasthan’s red desert I was suddenly shocked by a shower of gravel around my shins and a rhythmic whacking sound. Having recoiled and put a protective hand over the camera’s lens I sneaked forward to check what was going on and saw a good seven feet of steel trim protruding at my foot level and flailing about at right angles, kicking up showers of gravel and sparks. I beckoned to the junior railway guards who simply shrugged, waggled their heads amusedly and asked me to take their photo. They had the right attitude of course…they were pleased with the picture and the length of metal simply tore itself loose and cartwheeled away into the sunset.
Train Guys
Photo by Andrew Galvin



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2 responses to “Andrew Galvin : Day 3 – Sat On The Adi-Jat

  1. Thanks for the update, I am following your journey with interest. I have spent so much time traveling on Indian trains in the last few years, and in spite of the hardships, I generally love the experience — especially in Rajasthan, my favourite state.

    Have fun, go with the flow and enjoy. I think the railway guards have the right attitude – don’t sweat what you can’t change, and turn every moment that you can into a fun and joyful moment of human contact.


  2. nari vanwari

    with you all not in flesh but in spirit
    did you all eat in kesar ka dhaba in amritsar?liked it?

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