Friday, November 08, 2019

How can this be?

Still in one of most first world countries in the world human excrement is still dropped onto train tracks. Yes, Great Britain. Imagine if you are a train track worker. Ghastly. The target set was the end of 2019 and will not be met. Date set for all British trains to have sewerage storage tanks? 2023. I would have thought that from about 1960 new trains would have stored sewerage and I think our trains do. I wouldn't be surprised if India isn't doing better.

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  1. There was nothing worse than sitting on the toot in a train back in the day with the wind whistling up through the draughty bottom of the bowl
    There were signs stating 'please do not use the toilet while in the station - sounds like they're not there any more

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    1. Cathy, I think the signs might still be there but spilling out sewerage on the tracks away from the stations is terrible. Being a man, I didn't suffer the updraught and where you came from, the air would have been freezing at times. You have my sympathies.

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  2. It was something debated at the station in my time, going before getting on the train as one didn't want the wind whistling you know where. But as a child? I loved peeing on the tracks as the train moved along.

    But I agree how totally unsanitary!

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, yes, doing the boys equivalent was fun, and we could watch too.

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  3. Whaaaaat! That is seriously disgusting 😱

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    1. Bad enough in any country Grace, but Britain!

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  4. The USA fixed that a few years ago, largely as a result of public outrage.

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    1. Travel, there should be outrage. I suppose the UK has many more trains running than the US.

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  5. Infant school song:
    When the train is in the station,
    Please refrain from urination,
    Have regard for railway property.
    If you wish to pass some water
    Kindly ask a railway porter,
    He will show you to the lavat'ry.

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  6. Now that is just plain gross!

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  7. Do planes still dump waste? I heard they also dump it. Many American truck drivers have holes drilled in the truck floor, to "go", with their shit hitting American highways. Skads of them pee into bottles on slow steep hills and toss the bottles out to the side of the road. It's disgusting. The bottles of yellow are everywhere along roads in our state.

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    1. Strayer, I don't think planes do. Tanks are pumped out. I've not heard of that truck thing. Horrible. Such is pressure on truck drivers.

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  8. Eeeeuw.
    That is decidedly uncivilised.

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  9. I remember travelling on the train long ago and seeing the signs telling patrons not to use or flush the toilets while the train was in the station. I thought it was gross then to have the toilets flush onto the tracks and I still do!

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    1. Jenny, I recall being pretty amazed as a child when I discovered such a thing.

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  10. I can't believe that is still happening. We rarely travelled by train when I was very young, just a once a year trip to Adelaide and back to Port Pirie, but we were always made to "go" before getting on the train.

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    1. River, I a sure it did happen on your trains back then, but obviously not now.

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  11. That's why they want the Brexit not to follow the rules, to watch the earth fly by sitting on the WC, lol ! That's of course more interesting then a container or whatever ! I also heard that in airplanes the toilet is open and it just drops on you, but from 5000 km high it's probably diluded ! But that's probably not true !

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    1. Gattina, of course it is not true. Planes have tanks to contain all waste, including human waste.

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  12. I think Victoria didn't start installing retention toilets onboard trains until the 1980s - but V/Line retire their old 'drop chute' toilets until the 1990s. Heritage trains ran around with them longer, I think 2013 was the cutoff.

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    1. Marcus, I didn't think of heritage trains. That would be harder to deal with funding wise. I am not sure what the old red country trains were called, but I assume once they had gone, things became much cleaner.

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    2. I believe that V/Line helped out the heritage groups by supplying them with a few second hand retention toilets removed from their retired carriages.

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