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(BBC)   British passengers "rescued" after sitting for an hour in a train that happened to stop - just outside the station. Oh the humanity   (news.bbc.co.uk) divider line 33
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2010-02-22 11:22:04 AM
God help them should they ride the DC Metro on any average day. They'd probably resort to cannibalism.
 
2010-02-22 11:22:47 AM
Happens on MARTA daily. Nothing more irritating than being 100 yards outside the station and not moving for 45 minutes.
 
2010-02-22 11:23:49 AM
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2010-02-22 11:24:38 AM
They had to wait for over an HOUR? Some of them children? The guys driving that replacement train are nothing less than heroes.
 
2010-02-22 11:31:55 AM
Mock them all you want, but it knocked the air conditioning out as well. Can you imagine sitting in a train in Britain in February without air conditioning?
 
2010-02-22 11:33:18 AM
Another Government Employee: Happens on MARTA daily. Nothing more irritating than being 100 yards outside the station and not moving for 45 minutes.

When I was in Boston, the MBTA's MO was to stop the train halfway into the station. After all, God forbid that they let the people on the train off even if they need to make a "schedule adjustment."
 
2010-02-22 11:34:17 AM
Is everyone all right?!

I keed
 
2010-02-22 11:36:32 AM
It stopped just outside a station. Being in Ashford isn't terribly useful if you were aiming for London.
 
2010-02-22 11:40:27 AM
Public Transportation is a great way to arrive late to somewhere you weren't trying to get to.
 
2010-02-22 11:41:48 AM
This reminds me of the time I went to a Flyers game, as everyone was leaving the arena the escalator stopped. Everyone stood there like they were stuck.
 
2010-02-22 11:47:10 AM
The British media can be real drama queens about the most trivial of things. The BBC managed to go for an entire week leading with the chaos caused by the recent snow. This included getting on the spot reports from reporters dotted around the country. In most cases the snow wasn't even past their ankles. Pathetic.
 
2010-02-22 11:47:59 AM
crazycooter: This reminds me of the time I went to a Flyers game, as everyone was leaving the arena the escalator stopped. Everyone stood there like they were stuck.

"An escalator can never break: it can only become stairs. You would never see an Escalator Temporarily Out Of Order sign, just Escalator Temporarily Stairs. Sorry for the convenience."

Hedberg
 
2010-02-22 11:52:45 AM
amazing_live_seamonkeys: God help them should they ride the DC Metro on any average day. They'd probably resort to cannibalism.

Anyone got a pic from that South park episode where some SP residents were trapped for an hour or 2 and ate some actor?
 
2010-02-22 11:54:05 AM
FarkinNortherner: It stopped just outside a station.

Doesn't anyone RTFA? (Oh, silly me, for asking).

It stopped in a tunnel. And 10 minutes from the end (i.e. about 10 miles inside). In a train whose doors are all electrically and centrally operated.

Yeah, I'd say they needed rescue. What's really nice is that it (a) took an hour, and (b) another train just passed them by. Nice.
 
2010-02-22 11:55:42 AM
archichris: Public Transportation is a great way to arrive late to somewhere you weren't trying to get to.

Much like Ryanair.

Purple_Jack: The British media can be real drama queens about the most trivial of things.

C'mon, this is hardly a local issue.
 
2010-02-22 11:55:45 AM
zamboni: crazycooter: This reminds me of the time I went to a Flyers game, as everyone was leaving the arena the escalator stopped. Everyone stood there like they were stuck.

"An escalator can never break: it can only become stairs. You would never see an Escalator Temporarily Out Of Order sign, just Escalator Temporarily Stairs. Sorry for the convenience."

Hedberg


No true. If there are work crews attempting to fix those escalators, they need to keep people of them while repairs are being attempted.
 
2010-02-22 11:58:24 AM
He said staff had provided water but did not appear to have torches.

Who would bring a torch on a train anyhow? You're not even allowed to smoke on those things. Besides, the last thing you'd want to do on dark, crowded train stuck in a tunnel is start a fire.
 
2010-02-22 11:58:56 AM
Purple_Jack: The British media can be real drama queens about the most trivial of things. The BBC managed to go for an entire week leading with the chaos caused by the recent snow. This included getting on the spot reports from reporters dotted around the country. In most cases the snow wasn't even past their ankles. Pathetic.

You can biatch all you want, but when a train suddenly breaks down halfway through a journey in the english countryside (not a station), lights go out and stay out for an hour, its below freezing outside and there's no heater, then that must be pretty miserable.

And if it were me stuck on a cold train in the dark for an hour, thinking about the train crash from less than a week ago which killed a bunch of people, i'd be a bit fed up about the whole thing.
 
2010-02-22 11:59:20 AM
suid: Doesn't anyone RTFA? (Oh, silly me, for asking).

It stopped in a tunnel.


You clearly didn't ;)
 
2010-02-22 12:04:19 PM
suid: FarkinNortherner: It stopped just outside a station.

Doesn't anyone RTFA? (Oh, silly me, for asking).

It stopped in a tunnel. And 10 minutes from the end (i.e. about 10 miles inside). In a train whose doors are all electrically and centrally operated.

Yeah, I'd say they needed rescue. What's really nice is that it (a) took an hour, and (b) another train just passed them by. Nice.


It would seem you didn't read it either.

This train stopped in the open countryside, 10 mins out of a station.

Several other trains stopped in the channel tunnel the weekend before christmas.
 
2010-02-22 12:07:54 PM
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2010-02-22 12:57:54 PM
Latinwolf: zamboni: crazycooter: This reminds me of the time I went to a Flyers game, as everyone was leaving the arena the escalator stopped. Everyone stood there like they were stuck.

"An escalator can never break: it can only become stairs. You would never see an Escalator Temporarily Out Of Order sign, just Escalator Temporarily Stairs. Sorry for the convenience."

Hedberg

No true. If there are work crews attempting to fix those escalators, they need to keep people of them while repairs are being attempted.


It would appear that you have no concept of the comedic genius that was Mitch Hedberg.
 
2010-02-22 01:28:40 PM
Obviously someone failed to note that Knightsbridge Defense with Paddington Option was in play, resulting in a loss of turn for all.
 
2010-02-22 01:29:36 PM
Psycho Zombie Monkey: Latinwolf: zamboni: crazycooter: This reminds me of the time I went to a Flyers game, as everyone was leaving the arena the escalator stopped. Everyone stood there like they were stuck.

"An escalator can never break: it can only become stairs. You would never see an Escalator Temporarily Out Of Order sign, just Escalator Temporarily Stairs. Sorry for the convenience."

Hedberg

No true. If there are work crews attempting to fix those escalators, they need to keep people of them while repairs are being attempted.

It would appear that you have no concept of the comedic genius that was Mitch Hedberg.


What being stuck on an escalator may look like

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2010-02-22 02:18:20 PM
Purple_Jack: The British media can be real drama queens about the most trivial of things. The BBC managed to go for an entire week leading with the chaos caused by the recent snow. This included getting on the spot reports from reporters dotted around the country. In most cases the snow wasn't even past their ankles. Pathetic.

Ever been to Kent? Driven in Kent? It's bad enough with dry roads; snow + Brit drivers make it impossible to travel safely.

/Daughter lives in Ashford.
 
2010-02-22 03:17:22 PM
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2010-02-22 03:54:41 PM
They weren't "just outside the station."
Subby gets -1.
 
2010-02-22 04:12:31 PM
Just tell the passengers that they're standing in a queue.
 
2010-02-22 04:48:02 PM
MessinAr: He said staff had provided water but did not appear to have torches.

Who would bring a torch on a train anyhow? You're not even allowed to smoke on those things. Besides, the last thing you'd want to do on dark, crowded train stuck in a tunnel is start a fire.


Torch: brit. for "a flashlight"
 
2010-02-22 06:42:07 PM
Kar98: MessinAr: He said staff had provided water but did not appear to have torches.

Who would bring a torch on a train anyhow? You're not even allowed to smoke on those things. Besides, the last thing you'd want to do on dark, crowded train stuck in a tunnel is start a fire.

Torch: brit. for "a flashlight"


I found this out the hard way back in 1986 when I first visited England and stayed at a Pontin's holiday resort in Southport. Being a naive American I wasn't familiar with the concept of putting coins in a meter for electricity, and when I ran outside and summoned a security guard in my panic (because I couldn't find the meter in the dark; I was lucky I'd found the front door) he asked "Didn't you bring a torch with you?" "A torch?! I don't want to burn the place down, I just want some electricity!"

Train-wise, I was once on a VIA train bound from Windsor to Niagara Falls when we were stopped for over an hour in the middle of nowhere. (We found out later that the reason we'd been stopped was there was a body on the tracks.) Much like in Planes, Trains and Automobiles, we had to lug our suitcases up a hill to get to the highway so that a bus could pick us up.
 
2010-02-23 08:10:48 AM
twfeline: They weren't "just outside the station."
Subby gets -1.


The second line of the article says "The Paris to London train ground to a halt with its lights off just south of Ashford at about 2245 GMT on Sunday."
 
2010-02-23 10:58:33 AM
Do you yanks know what the Channel Tunnel is?

Sorry no, that would require thinking outside of your narrow experience.
 
2010-02-23 09:11:07 PM
crazycooter: This reminds me of the time I went to a Flyers game, as everyone was leaving the arena the escalator stopped. Everyone stood there like they were stuck.

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