Indian railway shop workers create scrap-animal 'zoo'

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MUMBAI — Any large city's transit system or commuter railroad network could be aptly called a "zoo" at peak commuting times.

Workers at one rail shop in Mumbai, though, are making the metaphor a reality. They are turning the best scrap parts from their shop, locomotives, and passenger coaches into a steel zoo, complete with a cow, a white ostrich and 23 other metallic "animals."

A junior engineer with the Matunga rail shop tells that the project helps the workers re-use scrap in a better way in addition to building a so-called green zone amid heavy machines and trains.

In this Indian railway zoo, protective grills from obsolete electric multiple units become fences for courtyards and pieces of an engineer's compartment become an umbrella.

The junior engineer says the project is unlikely to make the workers any money, but they hope their efforts will stay with the century-old shops another 100 years.

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