Stop & Ex­am­ine

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Silly sta­tion signs.

We asked for your rail­way lim­er­icks, and Trevor Hunt­ing­ton and Mike Wil­liams have obliged. Trevor, from Hud­der­s­field, sticks with the orig­i­nal fares theme for his, with a word of praise for our Fares and Ser­vice Ex­pert Barry Doe: The prob­lem with rail­way fares’ ta­ble It’s as mat­ted as a prover­bial cat’s cra­dle. There’s no com­mon sense or logic on view To tempt the trav­eller - ei­ther me or you. So ask Barry Doe to sort it - he’s able! Mean­while, Mike tells us he was at a mu­sic and po­etry meet­ing in his home town of Swin­don re­cently, when those in at­ten­dance were asked to write an im­promptu lim­er­ick about rail­ways. Mike sup­plied the fol­low­ing: The work on Brunel’s great­est as­set Has sud­denly gone some­what ‘Tacet’ Elec­tri­fi­ca­tion To Tem­ple Meads sta­tion Will hardly get past Woot­ton Bassett “Any­thing men­tion­ing Woot­ton Bassett gets a laugh in Swin­don!” says Mike.

And it had a sim­i­lar ef­fect here. It’s the best we’ve had so far, but can you can do any bet­ter?

Keep send­ing us your lim­er­icks at rail@ bauer­me­dia.co.uk

“Hi,” says Si­mon Mor­timer. Hi Si­mon. “You wanted pic­tures of ‘battered trains’ - still go­ing! Here’s one in Thai­land…”

Si­mon snapped Unit 1213 stand­ing at Ban Laem on Jan­uary 1 2008, at the start of the western sec­tion of the fa­mous Maek­long Rail­way - it passes through a mar­ket where the stalls all move to fa­cil­i­tate the pas­sage of the trains. He tells us that the unit con­sti­tuted the only mo­tive power on this iso­lated sec­tion.

“It was sug­gested - and I saw no al­ter­na­tive on the visit - that stock is oc­ca­sion­ally trans­ferred by barge,” he re­calls.

“But how bad a con­di­tion it has to get to, to war­rant such a trans­fer, is open to spec­u­la­tion! The unit had clearly had some prangs and lacked a lot of win­dows, but it’s gen­er­ally warm and sunny - so fresh air is no bad thing!”

Keep your battered and bruised trains sol­dier­ing on? Send us your pic­tures and sto­ries at rail@ bauer­me­dia.co.uk

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