Trains forced into emergency stop for men cutting down trees...

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  1. CharlieSpotted

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    http://birminghamupdates.com/post/121113682573/train-forced-into-an-emergency-stop-after-two-men

    What's that all about then? Just gathering firewood? Beggars belief...
     
  2. TheEdge

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    Simple, people are morons.
     
  3. Johnuk123

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    Should be given the birch.
     
  4. DaleCooper

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    I can only see two, shoudn't there be "tree fellas"?
     
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    Since it was Wednesday surely they should have been shopping?
     
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    Hadn't they twigged that it was wrong? :)
     
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    Apparently the BTP are stumped, but I've heard from other sources that they have been barking up the wrong tree with their investigations.

    Lucky the incident occured on a relatively low-speed branch rather than on a trunk route, still, what a pair of saps!
     
  8. CharlieSpotted

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    Given that the trees were on railway property, could we say that the trains were delayed by "Tea leaves on the line". :roll:

    (Sorry)
     
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    Apparently Special Branch have got involved *grabs coat*
     
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    They are wearing eye defenders but forgot the hi-vis!

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    I'm surprised they weren't wearing camouflage clothing and welding googles.
     
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    Shirley that's against the law.
     
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    Don't call me "surely"!
     
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    I wonder if they were actually wearing Hi-vis, whether they would have been spotted and reported as phoney tree surgeons? As the picture shows them as dangling some of the foliage over the running lines, probably the driver would have stopped and reported it?
     
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    ...are we going to leaf this alone now?
     
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    Leaf me alone.
     
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    If those are eye defenders, they're not being worn properly. :|
     
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    It's weird. Trees are stopping trains and it's not actually 'leaves on the line'. :razz:
     
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    This isn't the first time that such occurences have been recorded in the West Midlands area of London Midland. Previously there has been at least one case of local residents coming round to the Network Rail side of the boundary fence to deal with overhanging trees encroaching on their gardens that Network Rail weren't inclined to do anything about.

    On other occasions you do hear of people going lineside to "recover" branches and timber for reasons best known to themselves. This looks more like one of the latter.
     
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    this thread has turned into a right birch fest!
     
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    I don't think they'd twigged onto the fact they shouldn't be there. Does NR have a module for their MPVs for cutting trees and vegetation (blade(s) on an articulated hydraulic arm)?
     
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    This is nesting season anyway so no trees should be being cut at the moment unless they are a safety hazard anyway.

    Clearly this pair thought the rules didn't apply to them.

    They must be Batman and Robin.
     
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    They nearly ended up as Flatman and Ribbon.
     
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    Yes. That was one feature that I recognised straight away, but I'm sorry to see that some qualified and experienced tree surgeons have been felling and destroying habitats this spring, (contrary to the provisions of the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act).

    This is also the time of year to see the depressing spread of the persistent Japanese Knotweed along our railway enbankments. It is not often reported that much of this almost-indestructable invasive plant was deliberately introduced by Network Rail's prior incarnations. As it spreads under and through roads and buildings, it would be hard to demonstrate any culpability by NR (hence, perhaps, the silence).
     
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    Actually, judging from the photo that GodAtum posted, there definitely were leaves on the line. It's just that the leaves were still attached to the branches.

    Presumably that means they were wrong kind of leaves...
     
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    Out of the vast myriad of railway by-laws that seem to cover any eventuality known to mankind, what particular ones would be most applicable to the two men who were performing the task that was stated?
     
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    I stand to be corrected here, but I would imagine that Byelaw 13 (1):

    Would cover it.

    Also looking at the photo they appear to be on the railway side of the fence.
    Since (AIUI) anything within the fence is classified as 'The Railway', would Byelaw 6 (5) Apply?

     
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