It’s too hot for the train tracks

July 9th, 2013 6 Comments By Lucy Sweet

‘Leaves on the line’ is no more – this summer’s sizzling new excuse for you to be stuck in a boiling tin can just outside the station is…’IT’S TOO HOT.’

southwest trains 300x183 Its too hot for the train tracks

The recent heatwave, which in most places is just called ‘summer’, has brought South West trains at Waterloo to a standstill as the heat is warping the metal tracks, and our olde Victorian railway just can’t cope with the high temperatures.

At Waterloo, speed limits were yesterday reduced to 20mph between 12pm and 6pm as a precautionary measure. As a result, the general public slowly harrumphed their way home, beleaguering Twitter with comments like ‘it’s not the Sahara desert’ and ‘this is an absolute joke.’

Train companies had already prepared for the hot weather by artificially putting stress on the rails so the metal could cope with the heat. But, as a South West trains spokesman explained: ‘The ageing condition of our infrastructure has meant that despite the preparation work that has taken place, we have had to impose speed restrictions.’

Ok, fair enough. But how about ‘imposing’ air conditioning and free Margaritas, too?

Comments (6) Jump to most recent comment
  1. Posted by bushbrother July 9, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    ‘The ageing condition of our infrastructure has meant that despite the preparation work that has taken place, we have had to impose speed restrictions.’ – That will be the infrastructure that they have been “upgrading” year on year, or that’s what they keep telling us is the reason for ticket price increases … meanwhile bonuses are paid, profits are high and yet the tracks still don’t work …

  2. Posted by klingelton July 9, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    first world problems… because in the 3rd world, they manage to get things like this right.

  3. Posted by Falsename July 9, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Air con, pah, the heaters are on full blast – you know, those things that dont work in winter.

  4. Posted by Kevin July 9, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    If anyone wants to develop vehicles that aren’t affected by weather conditions feel free.
    Jetpacks maybe?
    You can’t make things work perfectly under all conditions.

  5. Posted by Baldrick July 10, 2013 at 8:34 am

    My car seems to be able to manage fine in all weather conditions

  6. Posted by Teddy Edward July 16, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Great strawman argument, Baldrick.

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