1. Welcome to the new MacRumors forums. See our announcement and read our FAQ

The Runaway Train Went Down The Tube And It Blew...Woo Woo!!!

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Queso, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. macrumors G4

    Chaos struck London Underground's Northern Line at the start of this morning's rush when a driverless train broke away from the engine towing it and headed off into the tunnels under Camden towards the centre of the city. At 6:44am the engineering train broke its coupling near Archway station and rolled back down the hill towards oncoming passenger trains. Thanks to the Northern Line having multiple routes through the city control room staff quickly diverted passenger trains safely onto the line's Bank branch whilst the runaway was left to come to a rest at Warren Street station on the Charing Cross part of the network.

    Sadly Ringo Starr did not provide commentary.

    BBC News

  2. macrumors 6502a


    No matter how slow it was rolling its still a big deal, even the slightest bump from another car can derail especially with the condition of the tracks on da tube
  3. macrumors 68020


    I have never, ever heard of anything like this happening on the Underground; but then again I'm only 14 so I haven't been around that long in the grand scheme of things :p

    Yeah, I suppose, but the actual tunnel has only just enough room for a train car, so it would be less of a deal. Could still damage the tunnel wall though I suppose. It is pretty bumpy on most of the tracks in the UK I think.
  4. macrumors G4

    The Northern Line isn't too bad on that front. The worst line is definitely the Metropolitan, on which you sometimes find it difficult to stay in your seat it jumps around so much.
  5. macrumors 68020


    LOL :) Must get pretty bad at rush hour then; people standing up and all that...
  6. macrumors Penryn


    Yeah, the Northern Line has always been quite good. It was also one of the most reliable.

    Metropolitan line is definitely the most ghetto. It's so 3rd world.
  7. macrumors 68030


    Want to acknowledge this reference :).
  8. macrumors G4

    Ironically rush hour's the safest part of the day. Bit difficult to get thrown across the carriage when you're wedged into someone's armpit :D
  9. macrumors 68020


    Yeah - Thomas the Tank Engine?
  10. macrumors 68040


    Let's be honest: any nasal Liverpudlian would do.
  11. macrumors 603


    Who could forget The Fat Controller!!
  12. macrumors 6502a


    It's like Speed: 2. Props to the rail system for averting disaster though.
  13. macrumors 68020


    Pity UB40 weren't on this runaway train - might have done us all a favour.

Share This Page