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A Railway Trackman Keeps The Trains Going But You Didn’t Know That Because Of His Obscure Existence

Updated on 8 July, 2016 at 1:42 pm By

Most of you do not know what a Railway Trackman means. The trackman’s usual job is to maintain the condition of the tracks, which is a tedious one because of many reasons. This photo essay will inform you about the man who labours in excruciating  conditions  to that you have a comfortable and safe journey. For the sake of readers, the original Hindi captions have been retained.

1. A trackman spends most of his duty time alongside the tracks.

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2. Trackmen are often tasked with lifting heavy girders to be laid as tracks.

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3. Ramdin, a trackman for 20 years, says that he had to often attend to tracks in areas where there was no water to drink.

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4. Most signals are now automatic but Prasad, a pointman, says that there are many tracks where the signals have to be operated manually.

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5. Arvind is a disabled man. As you can see here in this picture, he has a prosthetic leg which makes it difficult for him to work on tracks. But despite taking up the matter with authorities his grievance is yet to be addressed.

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6. The work is risky because of the passing trains. One mistake can cost hundreds of lives.

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7. Machines have made work easier for the trackmen but as Bacchilal says men still have to fight heat, rains and cold.

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8. Tracks are changed manually at smaller stations. Most major stations across the country have automatic track changing systems.

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9. Every screw and every bolt of a track must be checked properly to ensure they are firmly in place.

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10. Abdul rightly points out that in spite of the invaluable service of the trackmen, no one acknowledges them when talking of the development of Indian Railways.

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Credit: BBC Hindi/Ankit Srinivas

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