Originally Posted by Alpha
How well is the fencing of these railway lines maintained?
Which railway lines are electrified with overhead wire and third rail?
In the NYC Subway system (unlike the London Tube) there is no safety screen at stations that keeps passengers at the station off the tracks.
In many Asian countries like India the century old trains are still used where coal is burned to run the train. Therefore a third rail and electricity is not required to run these trains in India. That's why the only danger regarding trains in India and other Asian countries is being on the tracks when a train is coming. NO OVERHEAD or THIRD RAIL WIRES in most Asian countries.
In the USA third rail wires are used in places where space is limited (cities, large towns, etc), and overhead wires are used in places where space is plentiful (forests, rural areas, suburbs, and other tree lined/infested areas).