Built to link up several of Delhi’s major railway stations and provide a loop around the city, Nizamuddin Station is similar in concept to the Petite Ceinture in Paris and the North London Railway in the UK.
The stations were built with long platforms. The ring railway also carries freight traffic as a connection between the many main lines in and out of Delhi. This will continue to be a major function, even if passenger services around the ring are terminated. Numerous heavy freights pass through this station and are hauled by robust-looking electric locos.
In the picture: Seen from the ring railway at Shakurbasti station, an old man takes a morning nap on the platform.
Shakurbasti station has the atmosphere of a rural station; spacious platforms, shady trees, food and chai vendors, and passing mainline trains. A 10 minute halt is allowed at this station as the train reverses in direction for its return via North Delhi.