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the slums of mega city Manila, it can be tough to survive. 40-year old Reynaldo Diaz lives in a small shelter along the rail lines of the Philippines capital. Diaz has two sons, and he supports them in an ingenious way. He's one of Manila's trolley boys.
They earn a living pushing these makeshift carts along the city's train tracks.>>
> This is the Philippine National Railways track which is borrowing it from them.>> It's a low tech solution, but Manila's trolley boys play a big role in keeping the city's public transport and their own lives on track.
Every morning thousands of Manila's residents flock to the tracks to take these trolleys in and out of the city.>>
The trolley boys say there's never been anyone injured or killed on the carts, but there is some danger involve. The biggest risk? The larger, faster riders on the tracks.>>
Those in front of us will give us a heads up too.>> The Philippines National Railroad company used to operate about a hundred train stations in and around Manila. But use of neglect mean only around a third of the city's rail network is running today. And the trolley boys only offered their service on one stretch of track that runs for a bit under 20 miles.