Tuesday, October 31, 2006

When the strain is too much for the train

'Does anyone have nuts or bolts to fix this train?'
By Anil Dakar
Last Updated: 3:28am GMT 31/10/2006

If the Tannoy announcement had asked for a doctor to make themselves known on a London to Manchester train last Friday, passengers would probably not have been too startled.
But when Virgin Trains' leaning train pulled into Rugby station, the last thing the travellers were expecting was an appeal for help to get the locomotive going again.
After several minutes sitting silently at the station, a sheepish member of staff broke the silence with the announcement: "If anyone has some nuts and bolts with them will they come forward?"
The super-fast Pendolino had ground to a halt because the blades on the windscreen wipers had come loose and it could not pull away until they had been fixed.
"For want of a nut the windscreen wiper won't work, and for want of a windscreen wiper the train can't move. And, if the train can't move there are going to be loads of trains behind us that can't move either."
Daily Telegraph


Blogger gazza27 said...

And who get's on a train with nuts and bolts in their pocket?

5:16 PM  
Blogger ByronB said...

Dunno - you're more likely to LEAVE a train with nuts & bolts in your pocket, I'd have thought.

BTW I'm thinking of trying Wordpress because i) I can access that at work (at the moment) and ii) I have been unable to upload pics to Blogger for 2 days now, and it pisses me off!

There's also Typepad which might be worth a look.

9:59 AM  
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