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Train Spotted

by | 8th, August 2003

‘ARE you ready for extreme trainspotting? In this version of the popular sport, daredevil spotters have to collect numbers while the train is actually moving at full pelt between stations.

Neville, Brian and Janet were surprised that they had been able to outpace the train

But spoilsports at South West Trains are onto their little game, and in the interests of health and safety have instructed their drivers to go at an all-time slow.

Just yesterday, as the Times reports, the 9:22 from Southampton Parkway to Waterloo, a 70-mile journey that should take 64 minutes, took nearly nine hours, arriving in London at 6:20pm.

Somewhat unsportingly, the passengers on the train, of which there were roughly 100, were not happy. People like Ron Edwards, who speaks to the Guardian.

”One person smashed open an emergency exit because the guard would not open the doors,” says Mr Edwards, as the temperatures onboard rose.

”We then threatened to get off the train if something wasn’t done. By this time the guard had locked

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