04 September 2007
"You must buy a ticket before you get on one of our trains. If you cannot show a valid ticket when you are asked, you may have to pay a penalty fare. Unless of course you don’t want to. And are a bit scary. Thank you."
Patrick Crozier

The Disgruntled Commuter finds out how easy it is to dodge the fare - so long as you are hard enough:

The ticket guys had a good go at stopping him - after he’d blown off the first one, the second ran after him and had a second try but they didn’t seem either willing or able to actually lay hands on him. I’m guessing that unless the police are there too they can’t actually physically detain someone.

Well, as the Pub Philosopher points out if as a rail employee you try to intervene the chances are that you will be the one in trouble.  (Hat-tip: Laban)

29 August 2007
Man pushed under tube train - to his death. I understand incidents like this are a lot more common than we tend to think.  …link
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08 August 2007
The Great Train Robbery
Mark Holland

On this day in 1963, on the West Coast Mainline between Leighton Buzzard and Tring, a gang of thieves stole £2,631,784 in used £1, £5 and £10 notes from the mail train That’s the equivalent of about £40 million in today’s money.

Here, the detective in charge of the case clears up a mystery.

The train itself has not been stolen. We are still in possession of the train.

13 November 2005
Why people drive. Reason #1 - because they are less likely to get beaten up  …link
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