Essay No. 01
A Scene at Railway Station
A railway station is an interesting place. It is a human museum or a fair of human faces. Yesterday, I went to the Railway Station to see off my friend. We reached their half an hour earlier than the time arrival of the train. There were only a few persons in a queue before the booking office window. We bought tickets and went to the platform. There was a big crowd of people. The coolies were carrying luggage from one platform to another. Some passengers were looking in the direction of the incoming train.
All the waiting rooms were over crowded. There were some passengers in the refreshment room. There was a great rush at the tea stalls at the refreshment the train reached in then everybody was hurry. People were trying to get good capacity. People threw language through the windows. There was a great rush in and out. The hawkers were crying the names of their wares at the top of their voices. Watermen were supplying water at thirsty passengers. Porters were loading and unloading parcels from out of the parcel van. The whole station staff was busy.
Luckily, my friend got a comfortable seat in the second class compartment. The guard whistled and waved the green flag. The train moved on. People on the platform left the place one by one. Now the noise and uproar was gone. I also took my way home. The platform looked like deserted place. All its hustle and bustle was over in a few minutes.
Essay No. 2
A Railway Station Scene
A Scene At The Railway Station
In front of second class booking window there was a long queue of passengers. They were waiting for their turns to get tickets. When the window opened, they pushed one another. An old man fell. At once a policeman ran for his help. he saved him from being crushed. He purchased a ticket for him.
At the platform there was a large number of passengers. They were waiting for the train. Some were sitting on the benches. They were talking. The villagers were sitting on the floor or on their boxes or trunks. Some gentlemen were walking up and down the platform. Every now and then they were looking in the direction of the train. When the distant signal became yellow, they felt happy. They knew that the train would shortly arrive. As soon as they caught sight of the engine, they got ready. All stood up. There was a movement on the platform. Some people put their bundles on their heads. Others held them under their pits. Some engaged coolie for their luggage. Ladies caught hold of the arms of their children.
When the train arrived, all got ready. All were anxious to get seats. The passengers who wished to get down opened the doors. The other people who were eager to get into the compartment, tried to get in. there was a great tussle between them. After a little discussion the in- going passengers made way for the out – going passengers. There were seats enough for only a few passengers and not for all. Those who got in, got seats or remained standing. Others were running up and down the platform to find room for themselves. When they failed to get room in the compartments, they caught hold of the handles outside some carriages. They stood on the foot boards.
Members of the station staff looked busy with their duties. The ticket collector was at the gate. He collected tickets from to drink. The hawkers went up and down with their wares. All were busy. After a few minutes the engine gave a long whistle and the train left the platform.
When the train left, the crowd melted away. The hawkers went to some other platforms. They stopped their crying. The station staff retired to their rooms. The platform became dull.
Essay No. 3
The Scene at Railway Station
My father along with my elder sister were going to Kanpur the other day to attend the marriage party of my cousin. I went to the railway station to see them off. It was a pleasing sight at the railway station.
Many taxis, cars, scooters, rickshaws and tongas were parked outside the waiting hall. The waiting hall was full of passengers. There was a long queue of people of people at booking window. People were buying their tickets one by one. The coolies were busy. They were carrying the luggage of the people to the platform or from platform to outside. My father bought a platform ticket for me. He hired a coolie to carry our luggage. We reached at the platform from where the train was to depart.
The railway platform was full of people. Rich and poor, young and old, women and children were seen there of all hues. Everyone was waiting for the train to come. The railway stalls were doing brisk business. Cold – drinks, tea, coffee, snacks etc. were available everywhere. The coolies were carrying huge luggage of the passengers. Some were looking for the tickets . the police personnel were seen quite in alert. Frequently there were announcements about the timings of the trains, incoming and outgoing , there was high danger of luggage’s being taken away or pockets being picked. Everybody stood guard to their belongings. Everybody was restless but some had occupied benches and places and were sleeping comfortably evidently waiting for the late trains. There were some scenes of painful partings of parents seeing off their children going for distant destinations and some eager to met their nears and dears arriving after long time. The waiting at the Railway Station seemed to pass off very fast while looking at all these things.
Soon there was a signal of the arrival of arrival of train. There was lot of commotion. Everybody began to move, catch hold of his luggage’s and making way towards their respective compartments. Some began to negociate with the TTE’s to confirm their unconfirmed seats. Most of them seemed dejected. In no the whole crowd seemed to dwindle away leaving the whole platform almost deserted. I said goodbye to my father and sister and the train moved. Everyone around was seen waving hands for their departing nears and dears. It was really a sight to se. I also came out and headed towards my home.
Essay No. 4
Travelling by train is cheap and comfortable compared to buses and planes. So we find a railway station a place of great hustle and bustle. We come across people from different parts of the country, in different fashions and colours at the station.
Once I happened to be the Old Delhi railway station to see off my friend. He was going to Kolkata by the Kalka Mail. The waiting hall was fully crowded with passengers. There was a long queue in front of the booing window.
Everyone seemed to be in a hurry. I bought the platform ticket soon and reached the platform. The scene here was interesting. Passengers were waiting eagerly for the arrival of the train. Some were sitting on benches and smoking or reading newspapers. A few were pacing up and down the platform. The vendors were having a busy time. There was a rush at the tea stall. The coolies in red uniforms were sitting in a line.
As soon as the train steamed in, there was noise and commotion everywhere. There was rush at the doors of the compartments. Many passengers got down and many more got in. coolies were seen carrying heavy bundles of luggage on their heads. The children clung to their parents. The whole platform was full of noise.
Luckily, my friend got a comfortable sent near a window. Soon all were settled. It was time for the train to depart. The guard blew the whistle and waved the green flag. The engine whistled and the train began to move. There was waving of hands and handkerchiefs. The train soon gained speed and left the station. The platform looked a deserted place once again.
Essay No. 05
A Scene at a Railway Platform
A railway station is a very busy place. At big railway stations numerous trains continue coming and going day and night. The real charm of the railway station can be enjoyed by standing at one of the platforms.
Last Sunday, I had to go to Bareilly. I went to the local railway 1 station at about 8.00 a.m. I bought a ticket at the booking window and entered platform No.1 from where the train was scheduled to go.
I learnt that the train was late by one hour. I had come in a hurry and hadn’t taken my breakfast. So, I took my breakfast there at the platform.
I sat on a bench and began to look idly here and there to kill time. I saw coolies rushing from one platform to the other. They had heavy loads of luggage on their heads.
The vendors were crying for their wares. They were selling all kinds of eatables. Fast food in particular was in great demand. Most of the people were drinking tea. A few were having cold drinks.
I found some people sitting on the benches and just staring in different directions like me. Some passengers who were waiting for one or the other train were reading newspapers or magazines. Some were chatting or discussing politics. Some were blaming the government for various social and economic ailments.
I was amused at the sight of incoming and outgoing trains at various platforms. The signaling and interlocking system particularly impressed me.
As the train came, I moved towards it and boarded it. Soon the signal was down. The guard waved the green flag and the train steamed out.
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The weekend was near and what was more exciting than visiting a railway station. This weekend our teachers decided to take us to a railway station and we were filled with excitement. I had read about railway stations in the book; but now I was actually going to visit one. I heard that it was one of the busiest places, where throngs of people went to and fro twenty four hours a day. I was thinking about the trains, announcements, food stalls, people rushing down the railway platforms and all the other activities that I had read about. This Saturday we would be visiting a railway station - the Howrah Station.
We all gathered at the school parlour on Saturday at 7:30 am in the morning. After a while, the school bus arrived. All of us were excited and got into the bus hurriedly. The bus left for the railway station at 8:00 am. After travelling for about half an hour, we finally reached the Howrah Station. Our teachers asked us to get down from the bus in an orderly manner and to remain together so that nobody gets lost. The first thing we did was to book the platform tickets. We were twenty in number including our teachers so I was asked to buy twenty platform tickets for entering the station. After I returned with the tickets we all entered the station.
On entering, I observed so many people rushing to and fro around the station. Some passengers were exiting the station; while others were hurrying to catch their respective trains. Some people were also sitting on chairs, benches and on the ground awaiting their respective trains. There were around twenty railway platforms. There was a huge digital board that reflected the arrival and departure schedule of trains. There was also an enquiry section where passengers crowded to enquire about trains. We saw a number of people in black coats standing near entry and exit points of the station. We came to know they were the Travelling Ticket Examiner, in short TTE. Their job is to check passengers' tickets while entering and exiting the station.
Apart from this there were continuous announcements of arrival and departure of trains. On the whole I found the station to be a noisy place buzzing with activity perhaps twenty four hours a day.
Our teacher took us around the station. There were a number of rest rooms meant for ladies and gents. There was also an air conditioned rest room which was meant for passengers travelling by first class. I also took note of the office of the Station Master, the goods' clerk, booking clerk etc. There were a good number of food stalls, restaurants, chemist shops and book stalls at the railway station to help passengers meet their local needs and requirements. Then our teacher showed us some people wearing metal arm-bands and red and white uniform carrying luggage. They were luggage carriers who earned their living by carrying the luggage of passengers. We also saw trains running on electricity as well as those that ran on steam engines. As soon a train was ready to leave the platform, the engine driver gave a loud signal with the guard waving a green flag alerting passengers of the train's departure. People were waving out to their loved ones while trains left the station. Vendors were seen all around the station selling various articles. There was also a prepaid taxi stand just outside the station to take passengers to their respective destination.
We were at the railway station for nearly four hours. Our teacher was really patient with us and we thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. The visit to the railway station was really very informative and helped us to learn a great deal. Now, whenever I hear the loud signal of train, it reminds me of my visit to the railway station that was so very enjoyable.
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