Thursday, November 10, 2005

The strange case of the 5.54pm west-bound


The train heads off west-bound but just a few minutes after leaving the Brit, just beyond a tunnel on a bend, it comes to a sudden halt.

Nothing happens. The carriage is hot and steamy.

The train guards continue to collect tickets, pleased they have time to get through all the carriages before Newmarket.

Sorry read Train Ambassadors or TAs as they should be know. Makes them sound like something out of the UN or at least diplomatic.

The theory develops the sudden stop has been caused by the emergency brakes being applied. The TAs come through each carriage inspecting the brakes’ button to see if they have been activated and looking at us suspiciously as if someone is the culprit.

That theory ruled out, we are told it is a “technical” fault.

The TAs sit down as the hot closed train gets hotter.

A long time later the train slowly begins. “We don’t know why –some malfunction,” is the official explanation.

Will these trains ever be fixed, asks one hot exasperated passenger, who has now finished his sudoku puzzle book.

“We’re getting some more trains from Australia,” says the TA.

Yeah right. From which museum will they come?

On the iPod: Billie Holiday

2 Comments:

Blogger James Pole said...

What type of train were you on -- the older ADL or the newer SA/SX?

12:01 AM  
Blogger Miles said...

New one!

7:52 PM  

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