Posts Tagged ‘train’
A German man mooning at railway staff in a departing train got his trousers caught in a carriage door and ended up being dragged half naked along the platform, out of the station and onto the tracks.
The 22-year-old journalism student shoved his backside against the window of a low-slung double-decker train when staff forced him off in Lauenbrueck for traveling without a ticket, a spokesman for police in the northern city of Bremen said…
Instead, dangling by his trousers, the man got pulled along for about 200 meters, all the while managing to keep his legs away from the wheels of the train.
The ordeal ended when a passenger pulled the emergency brake. Rescues services were called in, causing rail services between Bremen and Hamburg to be suspended for over an hour, delaying 23 trains.
The man — unharmed except for cuts and bruises — now faces charges of dangerous interference in rail transport, insulting the train staff, and may face sizeable a compensation claim for the delays he caused, police said.
Halfway to qualifying for a Darwin Award.
A drunk French teenager narrowly escaped death on Sunday after falling asleep on a railway track and slumbering undisturbed as a high-speed train roared over him, police said.
The 19-year old, whose name was not released, remained fast asleep face down on a stretch of track near Saint Nolff in southern Brittany, as the Quimper to Paris train passed, leaving only a few grease stains on the back of his jacket.
The driver saw the body lying on the tracks and slammed on the brakes, but was only able to stop a few hundred meters further on.
“It was his unconscious state that saved him really, as he lay there completely still like a dead body,” said a spokesman for the local police force, adding that the clearance under the train is only around 20 centimeters…
Roused by police and fire fighters who attended the scene, the young man gave a one-fingered salute before rolling over and going back to sleep.
He was subsequently transferred to a nearby hospital where police say he is still recovering from his alcohol binge.
Senseless – comes to mind.
A man stabbed two people to death and injured another on a train on Saturday after a quarrel over “loud humming,” said a railway official in southwest China’s Sichuan Province Sunday.
The suspect, whose surname was given as Yan, quarreled with three other passengers who said his humming along to his CD player was “too loud and disruptive” on the train from the southwestern Kunming City to Chengdu, Sichuan’s capital, said an unnamed official at Chengdu Railway Station.
He said the three, surnamed Luo, Ren and Wu, wrestled Yan to the floor and hit him before he man took out his jackknife and stabbed them.
Yan was held by the train police on the train. Luo died aboard the train and Ren died later in hospital. Wu was hospitalized and was out of danger.
The extreme foolishness of human beings can be hard to imagine. This is a hell of an example, though.
Daylife/AP Photo used by permission
Angry protesters in northern India set fire to a train and a railway station in protest at a move not to stop at remote stations, railway police say.
About 200 protesters attacked Khusrupur station in Bihar, It is not clear if anyone was injured. Local television channels showed flames and smoke billowing out of the burning train and stick-wielding protesters standing nearby.
Residents are said to have been incensed after watching the Patna-Calcutta train speed by without stopping.
“That train did not stop there, so they went berserk and attacked the Dhanapur intercity express,” senior railway police officer Rajender Singh told the Associated Press
New Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee said the protests were “unfortunate”.
“Unfortunate”? You’ve got to be kidding. It’s fracking anarchy.
She said she was unaware of where the order not to stop at certain stations had come from. Ms Banerjee said an inquiry would be held to establish who was behind the order…
Former railway minister Laloo Yadav is from Bihar and railway officials say he had many major trains halting at dozens of smaller stations during his tenure.
Railway ministers in India often reward their constituencies by launching new trains or halting existing trains at existing stations in their area.
The U.S. and Mexico are drawing up plans to dispatch up to 300 former U.S. law enforcement officials to Mexico later this year to train thousands of Mexican police investigators in their escalating fight against drug cartels, federal officials said.
Mexican government officials would select about 9,000 Mexican police for training at undisclosed locations in Mexico, one U.S. diplomatic and one federal law enforcement official said. The goal would be to quell rampant corruption and violence, much of it fueled by warring drug organizations.
The officials have been briefed on the proposal but asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to comment. They said the plan would create a law enforcement academy where Mexican investigators could be trained in narcotics and weapons trafficking, money laundering, fingerprint examination and other disciplines key to their battle against the cartels and other criminal groups. The State Department would oversee the U.S. side of the program…
Scott Erskine, executive director of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, said recruiters for the mission in Mexico have approached his group about the availability of former agents to serve as trainers…
The training plan is the latest in a series of steps the U.S. is taking to try to contain the violence in Mexico, where 7,000 have died in the past 14 months.
Train lovers and travel nuts have long had a dream of going from Europe to Singapore by rail.
The journey to the East goes well as far as China, and the upgrading of tracks – sometimes with high-speed trains – is easing passage as far as Hong Kong.
From then on south, the rail buff, and potential cargo carriers, must wait just a few more years.
Diplomacy and funding from France and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have been agreed for the next step, from China to the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi.
And there are more routes being built from Kunming in the Chinese province of Yunnan.
Regional transport specialists told the BBC that two-thirds of the line from Kunming to the Chinese side of the border is completed, and a project is under way on the Vietnamese side to Lao Khai on the border.
It will be possible to catch a train, or put a container on a train, from Singapore to Phnom Penh within two years, and from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City within five years.
The details are what you would expect. Just forget the Westerners recollection of coolies toiling like disturbed ants. That’s been dissipating since 1949.
Regional giants, Euro corporations with an interest in long-term global commerce participate in this vast new enterprise – as Asians have come to expect.
Americans think freight trains are those things that slow them down when they drive through small towns in Texas.
Train of Terror
A passenger on a French train had to be rescued by firemen after having his arm sucked down the on-board toilet.
The 26-year-old victim was trapped when he tried to fish out his mobile phone, which had fallen into the toilet bowl, and fell foul of the suction system.
The high-speed TGV train had to stop for two hours while firemen cut through the train’s pipework.
See! All those tales of mobiles falling into toilets are true.
The same holds for the idiots who go fishing after them!
A couple in South Africa who were having sex on a railway track in Mpumalanga Province have been killed by a goods train, police say.
Spokesman Abie Khoabane said it took place on Friday evening and the victims were yet to be identified. He told local newspapers that the couple ignored the driver’s shouts as he moved the train into the disused station in Kinross town.
But not for long.
The British government is facing fresh criticism over another embarrassing lapse in security after a second batch of secret official files were found left on a train.
The papers, which cover the UK’s policies on fighting global terrorist funding, drugs trafficking and money laundering were handed to The Independent on Sunday.
This latest blunder has prompted calls for civil servants to be banned from taking confidential documents out of their offices…
The papers were found on the same day that a top secret assessments by the Joint Intelligence Committee covering Iraq and al Qaida were handed to the BBC having also been left on a train…
The pol heading the committee investigating security lapses said, “Our enemies don’t even need to hack into our computers, they apparently just need to travel on public transport…”