I am sure you will not be shocked to read title of my post. If you still do not agree- enjoy a ride in any train at night. You do not have any reservation and you want to travel 300-400 kms, no issues. Just contact the TC- exchange some currency and you will be sleeping on a birth , preferebly air conditioned within 15 minutes.
Now- checkout the scene before this. Reservation is not available is message being shown in all Indian railways websites but still you manage to get a birth. This is called RAILWAY MAGIC. Railways is full of such magic- couple of years back, I was travelling in chair car and when I was welcomed by droplets coming from overhead ceiling- I reported it to the coach attandent. Instead of providing me any change of seat- he gave me full narration of how cheap and rotton coaches are being made by some coach factory in Punjab and how cheap and low grade fittings are done in coaches. I noticed that fittings of A/C windows were repaired as glue / putty had come out and required re furnishing.
This is common scene in Indian railways where you can see sub-std. manufacturing or fittings. if you go in deep BABUS are making huge money. I have heard that first rates and commissions are discussed and finalized and only then tenders are afloat and in here to special take care is observed that perticular company get the orders. If someone goes under skin of this – you will find multi-billion scams as many companies will not be worth according to lay down rules but rules in railways seems to be made to play with and get rich !!
Just for your eyes: Over 8500 railway men are booked