Indonesian Government Using Huge, Swinging Balls To Deter Unsafe Train Travel

“I was really scared when I first heard about these balls. It sounds like it could be really dangerous. But I don’t think it will last long. They have tried everything to keep us from riding… but in the end we always win.’’
 — Twenty-seven-year-old “train surfer” Mulyanto, who rides on the roof of the overcrowded train from Bogor to Jakarta every day for work, on the Indonesian government’s installation of large metal balls that hang from chains just above train-level at stations and track crossings. The balls are meant to stop the practice, which led to eleven accidental deaths last year. But, damn, it seems like those balls could kill eleven people the first day they’re up.