Brits have it bad too
Interestingly, the UK — which gave birth to the Indian Railways — is going through a similar problem with outdated Pacer trains still running in northern and south-west England, as well as in South Wales. These trains were manufactured between 1980 and 1987, and are essentially just old bus frames by Leyland Motors mounted on train wheels. They are still in service to make up for a shortage in rakes, but they are set to be phased out by 2020. “Stop-gap trains like Pacers were useful in reducing costs on minor lines, but they should not be sustained for long. The Pacers here have long outlived their usefulness and deter people from travelling by rail, as they are so uncomfortable. Train travel has to meet certain basic standards,” said international rail expert Christian Wolmar, author of The Iron Road: The Illustrated History of the Railway.