Bowser might have been nicked judging by this
I'm not convinced they empty the toilets, I think they just fill up the water? It possibly wouldn't be a good idea to have a tank of raw sewage trundling round a station.
Then again I could be completely wrong.
Just water in the bowsers, they don't empty the bogs whilst the train is in the station. Might raise a few eyebrows! As far as I'm aware, the FCC 319's wouldn't have chemical retention toilets?
According to internal info, it was indeed a member of staff driving the bowser. I would agree he/she was incredibly fortunate not to have fallen onto the juice rail, could have been far worse.
Apologies. I'm not familiar with 319s! Even so, if they were fitted with tanks, emptying whilst at a station is not going to be happening...
As far as I am aware, most airliner toilet waste tanks are emptied at the end of one or a few flights, between flights.
I see no reason why this should be an issue in a station if similar equipment were used That said, whereas an aircraft probably has one and no more than three collection points, trains still have one per vehicle, and vehichle lengths and access point locations vary. I believe it is not an issue of whether but rather, how.
An example of an operating incident occured last week when a 10-car train was wrongly signalled into an 8-car platform at London Bridge, which caused delays as it had to go back out of the platform and back into a suitable platform.
"Operating incident" is a bit of a catch-all term that can be used when:
A: the explanation is a bit long winded
B: the explanation is a tad embaressing
C: Control don't yet know what has actually happened
That's not quite what happened as far as I'm aware. The train was routed into platform 14 but the driver stopped at the signal and queried the route because he had 10 cars (14 is 8 cars in length). But the signal he had stopped at only leads to 14/15/16 (all 8 cars) so he had to change ends and go wrong road back one section and be routed back in to a different signal that gives access to 9-13 (these are 12 car platforms).
Sorry, a bit pedantic I know.