One skill I’ve developed over the years of working on the railways is the ability not to scream the words “Are you insane?!!!” the minute they come into my head. This was useful this week, when I saw someone walking down the cutting beside the tracks. There’s not a lot of space in there and while not actually deadly, it’s certainly not “minimizing the risk” as the Occ. Health and Safety folks say. Also it upsets the drivers who are inclined to be jumpy over people walking beside the tracks.
I was surprised to discover the trespasser was a young woman. They usually have too strong a sense of self-preservation for such hi jinks.
“Hang on,” she replied, absent-mindedly poking around in the bushes when I went down and yelled “Hey get off the tracks it’s not safe.”
At length she came up and handed me three mobile phones to hold while she climbed up onto the platform.
“What are you looking for?” I asked, thinking I could help.
“A Pokemon!” said she.
Hence the jaw-dropping moment when I discovered the Pokemon-Go craze. Apparently my station is a Pokemon-Go point of interest.
Best wishes to all you Pokemon-Go players. Glad to see you around. But stay safe.