“There isn’t a train I would not take,
No matter where it’s going.”
-Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)
This interstate train has moved onto a side track to allow an express train to pass. It originated in Kacheguda, Andhra Pradesh, and terminated in Vasco Da Gama, Goa, 48 hours later. The hills are part of the Western Ghats, a range that extends 1,600kms from north to south along the west coast.
I travelled through the region during the monsoon season when weather systems from the Indian Ocean meet the hills and up to a metre of rain can fall. Indian Rail publishes a different timetable for the monsoon season in expectation of major delays. Rail travel was one of the highlights of India and whenever possible I travelled on second class sleeper trains. During the day I would open the carriage door and sit on a step, watching the scenery of rural India roll by, and in the evenings I would relax with the other travellers and share a card game or chat.