A SCENE AT THE RAILWAY STATION
A scene at railway station
2-Great rush at the station
3-Long queues in front of the booking window
4-Various stalls and hawkers
6-A lot of noise
7- Women quarrel
The big railway stations like Lahore and Karachi are full of great rush all the twenty four hours. People belonging to all castes colour creeds and religions mingle freely on a railway station.
Last Sunday I went to the Wazirabad Junction Railway Station to see of my uncle who was going to Karachi. We took a taxi and reached the station at 9.50 p.m.
The Khyber Mail which goes to Karachi was to leave at 9.55 p.m. Therefore, we were well in time. Many taxies and scooter rikshaws were standing in systemic way outside the railway station. There were many traffic policemen to guide the incoming the out-going vehicles There was great rush of passengers. Some were coming out as they had just arrived and were planning to carry their luggage to the compartments.
At the booking window also there was a great rush. All passenger were standing in long queues in front of the windows to purchase the railway tickets. Some policemen were also standing there to maintain order and keep an eye on anti-social elements like the pick-pockets and confidence tricksters Many people were waiting outside the inquiry office to get certain information regarding the arrival and departure of trains.
hurriedly purchased a ticket for Karachi for my uncle and a platform ticket for myself. The coolei was carrying our luggage and reached platform. No.,12 from where the train was to leave. As we tried to enter the gate a Railay Ticket Checker who was wearing a white uniform checked and punched our tickets. There was a great crowed at the platforms.
All passengers seemed to be in a hurry. There were so many stalls on the platforms. Some were selling light refreshments while others sold latest magazines, newspaper, books etc, and some were selling fruit. The hawkers were also moving up and down the platforms selling their goods. We want to a bookstall and my uncle purchased a few magazines to read during the night journey.
There were so many magazines on the bookstall. On the platform we saw certain passengers waiting for their train impatiently,while others were sitting on their luggage patiently some passengers where simply running about with anxious face as they had not as yet got their reservations.
Some trains were waiting for the signals to move out of the platforms, while after every few minutes a train was steaming in. With passengers going and out of the station in their colourful dresses it looked as if it was a big fair. The train which /minth Publication' were tinny packed and there was no room even for standing in the compartments. There were many emotional scenes which one could see on the platforms.
Some persons had come to see of their dear and near persons. Some had come to receive their relatives. When the train moved out of the platform one could see many hands waving good bye to their friends and relatives.
Ultimately the Khyber Mail bound for Karachi also arrived on the platform. With great difficulty my uncle could get a seat. The train was fully packed. The passengers were pushing one another to enter the compartments first.
There was a lot of noise, as everybody wanted to go into the compartment.When the train comes at the station, people move hurriedly. Passengers getting in and passengers getting out bump into one another.They exchange hot words. Some people pick their way polite along the crowded platform. But many of them walk hurriedly. Women quarrel while their men try to pacify them. Passengers run to get their seats in train. Ladies go hurriedly from one compartment to another.Some passengers arrive at the last moment. Within a few minutes the train was fully packed.
After sometime the guard whistled and also waved a green flag. Slowly the train started moving out and soon it picked up speed and was out of sight. The station now looked somewhat deserted !came out, caught a bus and reached my home at 11 p.m