Among the reasons because of which a British train may be late – and therefore make platforms crowded, and mess up people tight morning schedules – I personally experienced one of the strangest from a Romanian’s point of view.
Once, I was already late for a meeting in the City of London, when, halfway between Brighton and London’s Victoria Station, the voice of the train operator broke the silence.
Passengers took their eyes from what they were reading or from the window and heard the following message:
“The person who is smoking in the toilet cabin must immediately stop doing it, otherwise I will have to stop the train!”
People shrugged their shoulders, very few began to murmur something, while most of them indifferently returned to what they had been previously doing.
Less than 30 seconds later, the warning was heard again. This time most people had an anxious look on their faces, clearly waiting for something to happen next.
Suddently, the squealing of the brakes pierced the passangers’ ears. I personally am not sensitive to that noise, and I kind of enjoy seeing others seriuosly distrubed by that sound :-)
The train engineer got out of his cabin and rushed through the aisle of the cars, as if something really terrible had stopped the train.
He would come back 2-3 minutes later, sharing to us the news that he identified the toilet cabin where a cigarette had been lit. “But no sign of the offender”, he sighed.
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