What if you’re not at a station….


On my commute home tonight I was lamenting that I had nothing exciting to blog about.

And, then the train operator broke into my thoughts with this announcement:

Please note that the communications boxes, at the end of each car, used to contact me if there is an emergency are not working in this train.  If you have an emergency you will have to contact me by other means…….

There was a short silence (while I wondered what other options there might be) and then he said :  you will have to get off the train and see the station manager.

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Metro Wit

Sometimes my metro train drivers relieve the commuting boredom by making strange or witty announcements…

This morning one of the doors on the 6 car train would not shut and if one door refuses to shut, then the train does not move.  After re-opening and attempting to close the doors half a dozen times (complete with the annoying chime and electronic voice warning).  The driver said in an exasperated tone:  "Come on people,  if you see a door open push it closed".

It reminded me of a couple of other incidences which amused me:

One morning the train infront of mine broke down leaving a full train load of people standing on the platform expecting to squash into my train.  As we crawled along the side of the platform the driver said " That's a lotta people out there folks. Grab your seats now, because there won't be breathing space soon".

Another morning the train stopped in a tunnel and the driver announced that there was a red light signal ahead but that we would be moving momentarily. (Momentarily is like a word of the day to drivers who use it for every delay from 1 minute to fifteen).   After about 5 minutes – which seemed much longer because we were trapped in the tunnel, -  the driver announced that the signal was jammed on red and he had been instructed to get out of the train and repair it!  We were told to remain in our seats and not attempt to use the emergency exits.

At the end of each rail car there is an emergency call button connecting to the driver.   Occasionally the driver will remind us that it is there.  One driver told us to make ourselves familiar with it –    "but don't y'all go jumping up now to test the button because I'm busy driving". 

And, also, every now and then, drivers remind us to be on the lookout for unattended bags and to read the safety evacuation notices posted in the train.  They finish by saying: Be Prepared,  Not Scared

It makes me laugh every time I hear it! 

Two of the stations that I visit twice every work day: 


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