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Was in Lincoln last weekend for an hour and a half. Nice day so I decided to buy an ice cream and have a look at what happens at the crossing. I'm sure if Network Rail wanted some easy money they could prosecute all the people who went against the wig-wags when I was there - must have been around 20 people and a few cars in the space of 10 minutes.
 

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It doesn't help though when the barriers come down for several minutes at a time, then are raised again with nothing going past ....
 

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It doesn't help though when the barriers come down for several minutes at a time, then are raised again with nothing going past ....
Same as at any level crossing (unless it happens more frequently at Lincoln I don't know).
 

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Same as at any level crossing (unless it happens more frequently at Lincoln I don't know).
Last August when I was driving down to Norfolk, I was held up at the crossing as the barriers dropped twice, stayed down for several minutes before raising again with no trains passing. I got across the level crossing a couple of minutes later, only for the same thing to happen again behind me.
 
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Didn't they run an April Fool years ago about running the railway underground?
I dont know, but many many years ago Railway Modeller ran a story about a person who had built a model of part of the London Underground system under his floorboards.

It started quite sensibly for a few paragraphs, and then just became more and more bizarre until even I realised it was a spoof article; but it was very well done and IIRC it even had some photos purporting to show the layout.
 

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The tradition is certainly a before-noon opportunity to 'fool' someone, but for some, the whole day is available for pranks. One tradition specifically confines physically tripping someone up to the afternoon.

(I'm guessing that you have some French) Here's a Belgian newspaper summary of the April Fool stories (Poisson d'Avril) from other papers. It was created before 2pm indicating the presumption that the opportunity had passed. http://www.levif.be/info/actualite/insolite/les-poissons-d-avril-peches-ce-matin/article-4000075367591.htm
 

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I've seen previously that anyone who attempts an April Fool after noon is considered an April Fool themselves!

Unfortunately, Wikipedia seems to have lost track of most of the April Fools informaiton it had a couple of days ago, because some had the bright idea of allowing the article to be sabotaged on April 1st!
 

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The Independent on Sunday had an article about a "hosepipe amnesty" which involved handing them in and collecting them after the drought had ended.

I take it this was a "wind up" :lol:
 
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