Weymouth line - severe delays

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antharro

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On a train sitting at Winchester. Apparently there's been a person hit by a train at Basingstoke and we're to stay here until further notice. What fun.

What do you all do when you're on a train that may be held for a long time?
 
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antharro

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Finally got a green signal, so we'll be off shortly. A lot of people did get off, myself included. Stood around by the cab and had a chat with the driver and guard. There was a nice sense of "we're all in this together" - no one was particularly angry or worked up about it.
 

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I was on the train which hit the person. We made an emergency stop between Micheldever and Basingstoke, and the guard told us the sad news a few minutes later.

The power was soon turned off so the emergency services could deal with the fatality. The location was quite remote, so it took a while for the situation to be dealt with. Eventually even the emergency lights went out. Luckily the sun was low by the time we lost power so it wasn't unbearably hot inside! Once the line was cleared and we had regained power, we arrived at Basingstoke about 2 and 1/2 hours late. The trolley's supply of water was handed out on the train, and there were staff at Basingstoke giving out more water.

Well done to all the staff, who helped make the best of a bad situation. My thoughts are with the driver; it can't have been pleasant to go through that ordeal. :(
 

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Sit and wait.
Ha! Stand and wait if you're within 60 miles of London.

On busier trains, I do get asked questions by passengers (that's what you get for wearing an orange jacket ;) ), which is something I'm more than happy to assist with, of course, especially as I know my local transport networks pretty darn well. It's always good to build up a bit of a community spirit by having a chat if you're stopped for a while in a queue or even at an incident site, or even standing on a platform.

I find passengers are a lot more relaxed if the carriage doesn't feel full of insular commuters and bored/indifferent/unfriendly staff.

Seriously, though, I'm sorry to hear about this incident, and once again my thoughts go out to the staff involved.

I'm glad the passengers didn't detrain and it sounds like everything was dealt with calmly.
 
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