- The absence of some subordinate.
- Telephones and Telegrams.
- Travelers meet him.
- No rest while taking food.
- Busy for the whole day.
The life of a station master is not a bed of roses. Every day of his life is full of worries and anxieties.
His days begin with heavy work. As soon as he enters the office there is a pile of correspondence from his superiors. Every letter that he opens, makes him nervous. If there is nothing untoward in any of them, he heaves a deep sigh of relief. While he reads correspondence, he is informed that one or another of his subordinates is absent. This upsets him a little and he has to make necessary arrangements. At times he himself has to take up the additional work.
In the meanwhile, he receives telephonic calls and telegrams from other stations regarding the arrivals or departures of trains. Some train is late, and this taxes his brain. While he is worrying about it, he is informed of a special train passing through his station. He has to make rapid arrangements for giving it an ‘all clear’ signal.
In the midst of this work, some traveler comes to him and lodges a complaint about something. He hears him patiently and promises to take necessary steps. Then somebody comes and wants some special arrangements for his travel. He has to attend to his request.
The moment he finds some time, he runs home for food. But even while taking food he is not at ease. A peon comes and informs him about the arrival of his superior officer. He hurries up and runs to the station. After treating him with tea and breakfast, he has to discuss matters with him, and has to give satisfactory explanations.
Trains arrive and depart. Guard and ticket-examiners meet him, converse with him, and bid him good-bye. While he is thus busy he gets a report of some minor or major accident and runs to the place of the accident. This makes him nervous. But soon he is busy with devising relief measures.
Thus for the whole day the station master is busy. It is day full of worries and shocks. If nothing untoward happens during the whole day, he considers it the happiest day of his life.