Wednesday, September 22, 2004

The wrong sort of railway

After the series of train crashes, people are understandably worried about the quality of maintenance work on the system. But whenever I travel by train, I am impressed by the sidings filled with glistening hi-tech specialist survey units, cranes and welding carriages.

On the other hand, I have never seen them move, and the work that actually takes place seems to be done by three men in greasy fluorescent jackets, sharing a broken sledgehammer.

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