Busy cities need to fit lots of stuff into tiny spaces. Take New York City for example. Apartments are built right up next to above-ground train lines in Upper Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens all the time. These places are not the most desirable locales for a place to sleep because they are loud 24/7. The subway system in New York City runs all the time no matter what day it is unless there is an emergency situation like a hurricane or flood warnings.
So if you’re trying to get a good night’s sleep in New York, it’s best to look for a place to live that isn’t right next to a loud subway car. You don’t want that blasting by your bedroom window at all hours of the night. While you might eventually get used to it, it doesn’t sound like something you should have to get used to. At least that’s how I feel about it. I’m sure many feel the same.
But in Hanoi, Vietnam, the idea of living close to the train is a whole other issue. In the video shown below, you’ll see that the compact city in Asia forces people to live in dilapidated apartments just feet from the train tracks. I couldn’t believe it.
Watch the video below to see the train pass through this neighborhood!
When the video starts, you’ll see people fighting to get through the closing gate that warns them that a train is coming. And then down the alley, which is apparently inhabited by dozens if not hundreds of Vietnamese people, the small train comes rumbling down the tracks. Before it gets into view, you can see pedestrians dashing across the train tracks trying to beat the train before it comes. It is utter chaos. People are not excited about having to wait.
At the 1:26-mark in the video, the train appears down the alley. It is blasting its horn because it knows that some people probably are not paying attention to its arrival. And if they miss it or don’t hear the horn warning, then they could easily walk out into the train track and wind up squashed.
The train fills up most of the alley, leaving only a foot or two on either side. Belongings line the lane all the way up to the track. The people in this part of Hanoi have such little space they’re forced to live right on top of the train.
It is quite shocking for an American to see how close people get to this train. The person behind the camera who is filming the video shows just how close the train is. When it careens past, the red, white and blue body of the train takes up the entire screen. That means the cameraman is extremely close to this death-device on wheels.
According to the Rumble video description, “Around 3 p.m. and 7 p.m every day, a train hurtles through a series of narrow streets in Hanoi’s bustling, maze-like Old Quarter. Streets are getting blocked. Children rushed indoors, cars and bikes pulled to the side of the road just before the train speeds past, with a couple of feet of clearance at most on both sides. You can see on the video that the train is mere inches from the buildings.”