You always take a train to go to a distant city or destination to spend your holidays or to attend the family function, etc. Such a train journey gives you a temporary change from the daily regimental routine life, an opportunity to relax and keep your mind off from the pressing problems at work, etc. You also expect such a journey will be uneventful - unnecessary delay, etc.
|Coimbatore-Chennai, Tamil Nadu. India Today|
It was really a scary incident. Such incidents do happen on foreign trains as well. In April 2017 in Australia a slimy, creepy creature was spotted riding a train! Yes, a python hitchhiked on a South Coast Line train. Though the staff were alerted about the creepy creature, it was not removed for more than 90 minutes. Perhaps, the serpent might have, for a change, played hide and seek with the railway workers. (vide: Indianexpress.com/article/trending/trending-globally/unusual-passenger-a-small-python-takes-a-ride-on-a-sydney-train-4619940/)_
For the terrified passengers, this incident was nightmarish because the whole night when the they were fast asleep, the languid snake had been giving them company without any untoward incident - no hissing, no fuzzing! He was just dozing in the comforts of AC!
Perhaps, it is nice if the Southern Railways include Snake Charmers in their employ so that they can play the Pungi or Bin and catch the scary intruder when the train goes through the Ghat areas.