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the wrong kind of trains - The Villages

Date: 2007-08-29 23:29
Subject: the wrong kind of trains
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Regular Villagers will know that commuting in the southeast of England is something of a bugbear for me. This is partly because I commute a lot and I rely on this stuff to get me to and from work without losing my reason at least once a day, but it's mainly because the people who are in charge of running commuting in the southeast of England are a bunch of evil sadistic clowns. But sometimes they do something so elementally stupid that even I have to tip my hat to them in admiration.
When I first came down here trains were wrongfooted every Autumn by rotting leaves falling on the track and causing the wheels to lose adhesion. I used to fantasise that there was someone, somewhere, whose only job was to think up a new euphemism for this phenomenon. We had `leaf-fall problems,' `leaf-fall season,' `track adhesion problems,' and a number of others, but basically all it meant was that our trains were late.
Then we had the memorable year when we had the wrong kind of snow. It was dry and powdery and it got sucked into a place on the trains where snow is not meant to be, but all it meant was that our trains were late.
Summers were not immune. The heat causes the tracks to warp, you see...
And now the trains are too heavy.
I shook my head in despair when I read this - as, I suspect, did many commuters. But really this is a magnificent excuse, and I congratulate Southern, Southwest Trains and the Southeastern companies involved in this fiasco. I had honestly thought that the leaves and the snow and the heat had exhausted their stupidity, but they've managed to surprise me again.
The trains are too heavy. God help us.
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User: hutch0
Date: 2007-09-01 00:01 (UTC)
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The weight of the trains (I presume) did include the passengers. And you're right, it's a miracle they weren't too wide or too narrow, although that just has to happen one day.

Oddly enough, considering the apparent death-wish of some of our populace, we don't get a lot of `person on the tracks' reports, but I was on the Piccadilly Line last week and we were held up between stations and the driver announced over the PA that it was because the police were chasing someone in the tunnels. And, trust me, you have to be really desperate to get away from the police to run into an Underground tunnel - the only exit is the next station, where any rational person would assume the police are waiting for you.
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