There was something very wrong with the passengers yesterday, they were dropping like flies. Someone collapsed on the platform at TCR, another was having a fit on a train at BAN while I had someone pass out at STP. The first I knew about it was when I saw some passengers in the middle of the train waving to attract the attention of the SATS. Some BTP had boarded at TCR so they joined in and while they were dealing with things one of the passengers decided that this was a good time to pull down a handle.
To ensure that no one else joined in
the belated handle pulling I made a PA to explain what the holdup was and then
called Wood Lane. While waiting for them to answer the passenger was moved of
the train by those in attendance and then a miracle. As I was informing Wood
Lane that I would have to go back and reset the PEA someone, maybe the SATS or
maybe another TOp travelling on the cushions, reset it for me. I closed up and
got out of there pronto.
I have had a few notifications from a regular
reader of this blog. Firstly management have made the timetables people aware
of the problem with graffiti on the mainline shunt at LES and they are going to
try their damnedest to get rid of that move. Which is nice.
practice of flashing the saloon lights and making PAs for sidings reversers is
“the old way”, checking that the cars are empty and closing up on the porter
buttons was only introduced after a passenger was killed when they fell from a
train going into LIS sidings. Trains going into a depot or being taken out of
service for a defect are always checked.