It’s been a while since I last blogged and there are several reasons for that – not least because I’ve been lazy.
As you’d expect, lots has happened in that time. I’m not going to bore you with the details, but I do want to make reference to a couple of incidents which have highlighted for me a lot about some people and their moral compass(es)
Firstly, on Sunday 11th March, I was on a late evening train heading back from a great weekend with Michelle in the Tyne Valley. Picture the scene, the train is busy, everyone heading home from weekends away etc. The 10 or so Millwall fans were enjoying yet more beers and all was well with the world. We had just left our last stop before London which was Peterborough and had reached full speed again, when it happened.
There were a couple of bangs, the train started to rock as though it had de-railed and the train started to screech to a halt. My initial though was “WTF” and I thought the train had indeed hit something and derailed. I braced myself incase the carriage(s) overturned.
Fortunately the train came safely to a halt. We were somewhere north of Huntingdon.
Announcement 1 -The train guard [TG] announced that the train had hit something and the driver was going to have to inspect the scene to find out what we had hit before a decision could be made about continuing the journey.
A few minutes later, came
Announcement 2 –TG said the driver had discovered a body on the track and that we would have to wait the arrival of the emergency services before the train could be moved.
45 minutes after this came
Announcement 3 – TG apologising for delay saying we were still awaiting emergency services arriving.
A little later came announcement:
Announcement 4 – TG advising we would be moving shortly and he would give us an estimated ETA very shortly.
There came subsequent announcement re ETA and also re getting to destinations, taxis for those who had missed last connections etc and details of compensation claims.
You would have thought this would have satisfied the passengers. What more could East coast do?
Well according to certain people:
1. The train took far to long to stop
2. There was no need to tell people the train had hit a body
3. Why could we not get off the train and walk
4. It was selfish of the suicidal person to jump in front of a train. Why did they not do something more sensible and less selfish like take an overdose at home?
5. The deceased was selfish as the delay to the train meant they wont get to see their friend before he goes on his holiday (skiing). They should have thought about “victims” like us who suffer because of their selfish actions
Well let’s look at these comments
1. The train took far to long to stop – this was a several hundred tons of locomotive travelling at well over 100mph. I don’t think the stopping distance is the same as a ford fiesta travelling at 30mph.
2. There was no need to tell people the train had hit a body – so what would they prefer? The guard to say nothing at all or to say “We are stopped but I’m not going to tell you why”?
3. Why could we not get off the train and walk – we’ll ignore the fact that there are no roads / places to walk. Where do they want to go to? Then there is the fact there would be a drop of around 4feet to the ground and then uneven stones and sleepers/ rails to navigate? Then what do people do when they get off the train?
4. It was selfish of the suicide person to jump in front of a train. Why did they not do something more sensible and less selfish like take an overdose at home? – I’m not sure that a person in the act of committing suicide is either thinking rationally or thinking of the impact on others. Those who are suicidal are usually not thinking of others. The balance of their mind is disturbed.
5. The deceased was selfish as the delay to the train meant they wont get to see their friend before he goes on his holiday (skiing). They should have thought about “victims” like us who suffer because of their selfish actions – no thought for the victim who was in such a depressed state that suicide seemed the only option, nor any thought for the family or friends of the deceased who will never see their loved one again, not when they come back from their holiday.