Train passenger killed by tree branch

Train passenger killed by tree branch

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Dogwatch

5,039 posts

160 months

Sunday 13th January
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Maybe she was a victim of the HSE's success. Older folk know that putting your head out of the window on a mainline train is liable to give you more than a headache. Younger people accustomed to sealed train Windows may have only seen opening ones on heritage lines where it is almost the norm to poke your head out as the train puffs along at 25mph.


apols, can't override autocorrect insisting on capital W in Windows.

foxbody-87

1,957 posts

104 months

Sunday 13th January
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theboss said:
I remember heaving my guts up in a Pendolino toilet. If I’d had access to an opening window I’d probably have gone for that instead. She must have leaned fairly far out though.
I don’t blame you, they’re hateful things!

poo at Paul's

6,611 posts

113 months

Monday 14th January
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theboss said:
I remember heaving my guts up in a Pendolino toilet. If I’d had access to an opening window I’d probably have gone for that instead. She must have leaned fairly far out though.
Great idea, rather than flushing all your semi digested food down the lavvy, you could spread it all over your face and train windows / doors etc, presumably clean yourself up by wiping it off with your hands and drying them in your hair.

What a completely irrational choice of places to spew up, even ignoring the possible decapitation.

Digga

26,056 posts

221 months

Monday 14th January
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LaurasOtherHalf said:
Digga and everyone said:
Natural selection, in action.
Yes natural selection, of course rolleyes

I suppose you react with much glee to children born with genetic defects dying before they can reproduce and pollute the precious gene pool too eh?

Hereditary cancer sufferers as well?

A young person made a mistake without thinking that cost her her life. Rejoice! We can mock her for her mistake and bask in the warm glow knowing we’re unimpeachable ourselves!

If natural selection is something to be celebrated in the modern medical age I’d like to know how to balance out the loss of one (presumably) normal human who made a mistake against the junkies, alcoholics and criminals who regularly reproduce in huge numbers in this country.

Natural selection my arse.
What part of her gene pool was not eradicated in this incident?

I'm not 'celebrating' it, but rather pointing out that this is precisely one of the ways in which natural selection works.

Also, to those who think it okay to chunder out of train windows, well it's better than throwing up in the carriage, but doers almost (because of the aerodynamics) nearly always spray the carriages behind with spew. Which isn't nice. Better off down the toilet or in a bag.

Murph7355

21,283 posts

194 months

Monday 14th January
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poo at Paul's said:
theboss said:
I remember heaving my guts up in a Pendolino toilet. If I’d had access to an opening window I’d probably have gone for that instead. She must have leaned fairly far out though.
Great idea, rather than flushing all your semi digested food down the lavvy, you could spread it all over your face and train windows / doors etc, presumably clean yourself up by wiping it off with your hands and drying them in your hair.

What a completely irrational choice of places to spew up, even ignoring the possible decapitation.
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S11Steve

4,939 posts

122 months

Monday 14th January
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LaurasOtherHalf said:
fttm said:
Custard400 said:
Darwin award nominee right there! No doubt it will be made out to be someone else's fault by the do-gooder brigade.
Spot on , basic common sense .
I don’t think it is, I’m more of the opinion it’s the sheltered lives that younger people grow up in these days that mean most think “it can’t happen to them” or simply just don’t think of the consequences.

I’m mainly thinking of the teenagers to twenty somethings I employ-the HSE has done such a job of mitigating most risks out of life that they don’t really understand the pitfalls.
Looking at the article she was "was chairman of Young Socialists Cardiff."

No doubt somebody amongst her peer group is already trying to pin blame on the Tories and their evil cuts to the rail network....

eldar

12,029 posts

134 months

Monday 14th January
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S11Steve said:
Looking at the article she was "was chairman of Young Socialists Cardiff."

No doubt somebody amongst her peer group is already trying to pin blame on the Tories and their evil cuts to the rail network....
I’m old enough to remember opening train windows,all of which had a big sticker reading Do Not Lean Out The Window. Or more usually, adjusted to read do not clean soot off the window.

j_4m

478 posts

2 months

Monday 14th January
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S11Steve said:
Looking at the article she was "was chairman of Young Socialists Cardiff."

No doubt somebody amongst her peer group is already trying to pin blame on the Tories and their evil cuts to the rail network....
Bloody Tories, stopping people getting ahead in life.

eldar

12,029 posts

134 months

Monday 14th January
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j_4m said:
Bloody Tories, stopping people getting ahead in life.
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TTmonkey

14,483 posts

185 months

Monday 14th January
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Tree branch within a 'heads width' of a moving train? That there, that's bkss that is.

Whatsmyname

195 posts

15 months

Monday 14th January
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TTmonkey said:
Tree branch within a 'heads width' of a moving train? That there, that's bkss that is.
Not really.

Digga

26,056 posts

221 months

Monday 14th January
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TTmonkey said:
Tree branch within a 'heads width' of a moving train? That there, that's bkss that is.
You've never seen a tree fall or a branch snap then?

P5BNij

2,824 posts

44 months

Monday 14th January
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TTmonkey said:
Tree branch within a 'heads width' of a moving train? That there, that's bkss that is.
You'd be surprised how much of the network is actually like this, on the routes I work on there are numerous places where this occurs and I wouldn't dare open the cabside windows to look back down my train (something the rule book requires us to do when departing from sidings or a freight terminal for instance).

About twenty years ago a driver was decapitated when backing his loco into or out of the shed building at St.Blazey in Cornwall. Rule number one... stay safe.

DoubleD

6,890 posts

46 months

Monday 14th January
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Digga said:
Also, to those who think it okay to chunder out of train windows, well it's better than throwing up in the carriage, but doers almost (because of the aerodynamics) nearly always spray the carriages behind with spew. Which isn't nice. Better off down the toilet or in a bag.
Nearly always.....how many people have you seen being sick out of a train window?

alangla

1,718 posts

119 months

Monday 14th January
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TTmonkey said:
Tree branch within a 'heads width' of a moving train? That there, that's bkss that is.
If only. Look down the side of most trains - you'll see scratches in the paint/vinyl where branches have scuffed the sides.
Network Rail's answer seems to be lots of tree-felling, but they you get the environmental complaints about the amount of trees being pulled down & the follow-up problems of landslips etc because the tree roots were holding embankments together.

In saying that, if you only ever see overhead electric trains, you're probably less likely to see the effects as the trees are normally clear of the overhead wires & support structures.

alangla

1,718 posts

119 months

Monday 14th January
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Digga said:
Also, to those who think it okay to chunder out of train windows, well it's better than throwing up in the carriage, but doers almost (because of the aerodynamics) nearly always spray the carriages behind with spew. Which isn't nice. Better off down the toilet or in a bag.
I wouldn't worry so much about chunder on the windows/doors, more the atomised bog flushings that stick to the handles as the train moves along.
For the first time in my life (I think) I actually agreed with the RMT's complaints about ScotRail introducing HSTs with flush-on-the-track toilets. They really belong in a different age.

simoid

17,187 posts

96 months

Monday 14th January
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DoubleD said:
Nearly always.....how many people have you seen being sick out of a train window?
My mate was sick on the person next to him in a Virgin East Coast train. We were heading back north on a Sunday morning after a mega heavy night. I can’t recall laughing so much in my life.

I like to think I’d be spewing on the floor or in a bin before I put my head anywhere near an open window of a moving train.

Digga

26,056 posts

221 months

Monday 14th January
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DoubleD said:
Digga said:
Also, to those who think it okay to chunder out of train windows, well it's better than throwing up in the carriage, but doers almost (because of the aerodynamics) nearly always spray the carriages behind with spew. Which isn't nice. Better off down the toilet or in a bag.
Nearly always.....how many people have you seen being sick out of a train window?
Never, but plenty of people spewing out of taxis; the aerodynamics are the same. It always ends up plastered down the side of the vehicle.

DoubleD

6,890 posts

46 months

Monday 14th January
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Digga said:
DoubleD said:
Digga said:
Also, to those who think it okay to chunder out of train windows, well it's better than throwing up in the carriage, but doers almost (because of the aerodynamics) nearly always spray the carriages behind with spew. Which isn't nice. Better off down the toilet or in a bag.
Nearly always.....how many people have you seen being sick out of a train window?
Never, but plenty of people spewing out of taxis; the aerodynamics are the same. It always ends up plastered down the side of the vehicle.
Your friends need to drink things that arent going to make them puke so much!

Digga

26,056 posts

221 months

Monday 14th January
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DoubleD said:
Digga said:
DoubleD said:
Digga said:
Also, to those who think it okay to chunder out of train windows, well it's better than throwing up in the carriage, but doers almost (because of the aerodynamics) nearly always spray the carriages behind with spew. Which isn't nice. Better off down the toilet or in a bag.
Nearly always.....how many people have you seen being sick out of a train window?
Never, but plenty of people spewing out of taxis; the aerodynamics are the same. It always ends up plastered down the side of the vehicle.
Your friends need to drink things that arent going to make them puke so much!
Drink enough of anything and it'll make you throw up, even water.

I have heard of similar tails on trans, but never seen it first hand. Some apocryphal story of someone going to the doors at the end of the carriage to throw up and then realising the whole carriage - every window - was plastered in the stuff.