On Monday I jumped on a train from the CBD in Melbourne to go ‘to the end of the line’…about 40km away.
I’d gotten no more than two stations into my journey when the train stopped. And it wasn’t going any further for a while it seemed, and none of the station-workers could enlighten us poor stranded passengers as to exactly WHEN we would be mobile again. All they could tell us was that the signals were down, and that they were as frustrated as us about the whole schemozzle. In the end, I sat on that damned train for two bloody hours before it got going towards my destination.
It turned out that the entire metropolitan rail network had been plunged into disarray when the computer room that controls the rail system got flooded out by a broken water pipe. It wasn’t that the computers were flooded, just that they had to be shut-down to enable the emergency workers to pump the joint out.
But why no back-up system? How on earth can a complex railway network get by without some sort of fucking BACK-UP when things go wonky?
Fucking stupid Met System. I hate you with half the passion of the bloke wandering up and down South Yarra platform 4 screaming obscenities and abuse at youse for delaying his tryst with his girlfriend.