Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Police on the Trains

There was quite a novel excuse for the delayed train this morning. Police had to search the train at one of the earlier stations.

That was the only explanation given. This could have been anything from escaped priosoner, fare dodger ( a bit over the top if it was) to suspected bombs.My train starts in quite a sleepy outer London suburb. It is an unglamorous and largely unknown part of the city. However that does not stop it being on the track to the centre (Victoria, Charing Cross, London Bridge and Cannon Street are all on direct lines). So maybe in this time of terrorism, it is a real possibility that terrorists could start their morning at the sleepy extremities of the capital. This was certainly the model that Al Quaeda operatives adopted to deadly effect in the Atocha bombings in Madrid, March 2004. Nearly 200 died in that attack.

Of course, I hope this never happens and there was some other explanation for the Police search of the train this morning.
However in this time and especially after the tube bombings of last year, anything seems possible on the journey to work.

2 comments:

Hannah said...

More imaginative than "the wrong kind of leaves" which was a favourite when I used to take the train to school...

Luis said...

They still use the old "leaves on the line" excuse from time to time also..........