We always enjoy our journey travelling by railway. A Railway journey gives us picturesque view, freedom to move around, comfort and a good night’s sleep, a good travelling story and opportunity to meet new people. But what if we are accompanied with notorious co-passengers like rodents and insects? It will make our journey horrifying.
The railway connects us to the people from every corner of the world. It has a huge network of railway tracks crisscrossing the nation from south to north and from east to west. It helps to carry goods, raw materials, agriculture products, etc. from towns, villages to industries, cities or vice versa. Railway always has a huge contribution to the nation’s economy, development, and growth.
As railways have a huge contribution to the nation’s GDP, it important that every aspect of the railway is working properly. But pests like rodents and insects are inflicting huge damage to the railways. Rodents have two pairs of growing incisors which grow throughout their life. To keep them in check they constantly gnaw at any hard objects like cables, wires, etc. They also chew on the seat cushions, passenger’s luggage, wooden materials, etc.
Insects like ants and termites secrete formic acid. Formic acid can dissolve even the hardest of the plastic. Insects like bed bugs, hide in cracks and crevices present in seat cushions, bedding areas. They hide in the daytime and come out at night and disturb passenger’s sleep. They can also cause skin infection and various diseases. Insects like beetles, cockroach, and ants contaminate the stored food in the pantry. Their presence decreases the quality of the food products in the pantry.
Damage due to rodents and insects can result in a signal loss, power loss, monetary loss, and even fatal accident.
Let us look at some evidence that shows rodents are causing problems in railways:
- Rats nibble into railways claim of pest control
Tribune News Service, Amritsar, India, May 7, 2016
The railway authorities here are grappling with the problem of rodents as they continue to burrow holes under the railway tracks, thus weakening their strength. Officials at the railway station said the population of rats was increasing with time as they get sufficient food to survive under the tracks.
The rat burrows can be easily spotted alongside the railway platforms as well as tracks near the station. The railway authorities had earlier planned to engage a pest control firm to end the menace but it could not be done because of want of approval from the senior authorities of the department.
- Rat crawls up sleeping train rider in New York City
abc7, 29th March, 2016, New York
A man captured video of a rat crawling on a train rider in New York City.
Antony Lin said he was riding the subway at about 3 a.m. on Sunday when he spotted the rat.
He said a couple riding in the train car with him saw the rodent and moved to a different car, but the man in the video wasn’t paying attention. “It’s not very often that you see a rat on the train. You see them on the platform or the tracks,” Lin said. “I’m getting ready to see where this rat is going and all of a sudden it gets near the person. I was like, ‘Oh gosh.’ I took out my phone because I wanted to document this.”
3. Best laid plans: mice delay Brussels tunnel repairs by eating construction outlines
The Guardian, 18th February, 2016, Brussels
Delays to repairs intended to ease traffic chaos in Brussels have been blamed on hungry mice, which have apparently eaten the construction plans.
The Belgian capital’s regional parliament has been told that repairs are being held up because the original construction plans have been destroyed – apparently eaten by rodents.
The tunnels provide vital routes across what is often described as Europe’s most congested city. But, for decades, the construction plans were stored in the pillars of a motorway bridge, for want of space elsewhere.
“They may have been eaten by mice,” the former head of the city’s infrastructure agency told city officials on Wednesday.
- Rat causes 12-hour disruption to train services by chewing through cables
News Europe, 15th September, 2016, UK
Disruption between stations in Nottingham, Leicester, Derby and London lasted more than 12 hours with trains delayed from the start of service until 7pm on Monday.
The chewing rodent shut down signals between Wigston and Market Harborough, Leicestershire.
“The cable, which had been damaged by a rodent, was located just north of Kilby Bridge, and lead to a loss of power to signals between Wigston North Junction and Market Harborough station, just after 4.45am, causing all trains to stop.
- Mumbai: Ants Chew Up Brake Cables in Local Train
19th November, 2015, NDTV, India
The lifeline of Mumbai, the suburban local trains carry lakhs of people every day, but in this case, a rake was also ferrying thousands of hidden passengers – red ants. To make matters worse, these red ants gnawed through the primary brake cables.
The incident happened inside a Kalyan-Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus local train around 1.30 pm yesterday and the coaches were comparatively less crowded.
Conventional methods like use of mechanical traps, glue boards, pesticides, insecticides are proven to be ineffective. Mechanical traps and glue boards are temporary solutions. They are used when the train is in car shade. Pesticides and insecticides are toxic in nature. They kill target species. They are harmful to human health as well.
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