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Train Drivers Strip Naked At 125mph!

Fri Dec 09, 2005 5:44 am

MANIAC train drivers have been stripping off at 125mph in a crazy game of “dare”.

Furious bosses called in police after one idiot used his mobile to take a naked photo of himself as his express sped between Sheffield and London’s St Pancras.He sent the snap to a stunned office girl at rail company Midland Mainline — where shocked staff alerted chiefs. The driver was sacked. But last night five others were said to have been involved in the stunts — in which they would “flash” colleagues at the controls of oncoming trains.

The antics were branded “madness” by one worker. He raged: “They got up to all sorts of pranks. It’s like playing Russian roulette with passengers’ lives. We’ve been told about six drivers were involved — each trying to go one better than the other. “They started stripping off in the cab where nobody could see them at a point where they were about to pass another train. Then they were calling the other train and boasting to the other driver, ‘Now watch me’.” Police launched their probe at the main depot of Midland Mainline, which operates out of Derby. Drivers using No4 shed were quizzed — but no charges were brought.
The train company runs high-speed services across the East Midlands, Yorkshire and between Sheffield and St Pancras.
Last night a spokesman said: “We can confirm that following an internal investigation an employee was dismissed under disciplinary procedures. Safety is, and always will be, our top priority.”
 
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RE: Train Drivers Strip Naked At 125mph!

Fri Dec 09, 2005 5:47 am

Pretty stupid thing to lose your job over.



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RE: Train Drivers Strip Naked At 125mph!

Fri Dec 09, 2005 5:49 am

Thomas The Tank-Engine and Ivor Bigone.  wink 

How did they do this without tripping the "dead man's handle"? Hmm, maybe I don't want to know.
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RE: Train Drivers Strip Naked At 125mph!

Fri Dec 09, 2005 6:07 am

So what? A couple of Southwest pilots did travelling three times faster.  Wink

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RE: Train Drivers Strip Naked At 125mph!

Fri Dec 09, 2005 6:46 am

The 125mph is pure media speculation - the line they were travelling on between Sheffield and London has no 125mph sections.
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RE: Train Drivers Strip Naked At 125mph!

Fri Dec 09, 2005 6:56 am

Correct - maximum linespeed is 110mph. Typical tabloid reporting - never bother to check the facts, sensationalism comes first. It was probably a couple of relatively minor incidents, which were dealt with immediately and effectively.

9VSPO - no offence, but I suggest you read rule 10 of the forum rules. Since you've lifted your initial post straight from The Sun, I suggest you credit it accordingly otherwise this thread will probably end up in the bin.  Smile
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RE: Train Drivers Strip Naked At 125mph!

Fri Dec 09, 2005 7:00 am

Quoting Mhodgson (Reply 4):
the line they were travelling on between Sheffield and London has no 125mph sections.

it might have if there's no-one at the controls! All together now....

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RE: Train Drivers Strip Naked At 125mph!

Fri Dec 09, 2005 8:05 am

Quoting FLYtoEGCC (Reply 5):
Since you've lifted your initial post straight from The Sun, I suggest you credit it accordingly

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RE: Train Drivers Strip Naked At 125mph!

Fri Dec 09, 2005 8:40 am

Quoting 9VSPO (Thread starter):
It’s like playing Russian roulette with passengers’ lives.

Now don't get me wrong you wouldn't catch me butt naked on a train  silly  but surely these trains have autopilot things on them? Why would getting your kit off be "playing russian roulette with passengers' lives"?
 
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Fri Dec 09, 2005 10:53 am

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 3):
So what? A couple of Southwest pilots did travelling three times faster.

Actually, 4 times faster and they might have been more than just naked up there
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RE: Train Drivers Strip Naked At 125mph!

Fri Dec 09, 2005 8:33 pm

Quoting Noelg (Reply 8):
Now don't get me wrong you wouldn't catch me butt naked on a train but surely these trains have autopilot things on them? Why would getting your kit off be "playing russian roulette with passengers' lives"?

I'm no sad anorak of a train-spotter (that's self deprecating humour by the way!), but I think all UK trains have to be driven with the driver depressing/operating a "dead man's handle" otherwise brakes are automatically applied. So unless they're very good at undressing with just one hand while still operating the DMH (maybe a new version of Twister?), it might imply that they somehow "cheated" the DMH. Now that would be dangerous and certainly justify disciplinary action.
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RE: Train Drivers Strip Naked At 125mph!

Fri Dec 09, 2005 8:37 pm

Quoting Scbriml (Reply 10):
I'm no sad anorak of a train-spotter (that's self deprecating humour by the way!), but I think all UK trains have to be driven with the driver depressing/operating a "dead man's handle" otherwise brakes are automatically applied. So unless they're very good at undressing with just one hand while still operating the DMH (maybe a new version of Twister?), it might imply that they somehow "cheated" the DMH. Now that would be dangerous and certainly justify disciplinary action.

The dead-mans handle is actually a foot pedal and can be depressed by placing a bag or something on it. Handy for trouser removal!
 
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RE: Train Drivers Strip Naked At 125mph!

Fri Dec 09, 2005 11:00 pm

Quoting RODOL (Reply 11):
The dead-mans handle is actually a foot pedal

Things have obviously moved on a bit since I was last in a train cabin. Come to think of it, the last time I was in a train cabin, there was a pile of coal there! wink 
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RE: Train Drivers Strip Naked At 125mph!

Sat Dec 10, 2005 12:54 am

This is most worrying as I travel that line and company everyday going to work.

The media speculated at 125mph because the train has a top speed of 125mph but unfortunately not the line, typical UK rail infrastructure.

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