Broken Rails

Posted in Tubeworker's blog on Wed, 21/09/2005 - 12:10,

LUL has managed to admit that there have been too many broken rails of late. Getting them to admit the cause of the problem, though, might take longer.

It seems plain to Tubeworker that if a railway is carrying more people over more miles, then it needs better maintenance. Instead, we have the extra traffic, and … PPP ... meaning, erm, worse maintenance!

But management have a list of ‘alternative’ explanations, including rail head shape, track geometry, corrosion, and the activities of rail-nibbling pixies. Actually, we made that last one up, but you never know …

Fear not, though, as LUL reckons that the mere fact of a rail being broken is unlikely to cause a derailment. And if you believe that, you’ll believe the one about the pixies.

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