Monday, October 19, 2009

A question for train platform designers

Witnessed today at the Paraparaumu Railway Station: a person in a wheelchair turned his wheelchair to face the doors of the approaching train. The wheelchair suddenly lurched forward - I'm not not sure if brakes were on or failed - just as the train came into the station. Thankfully, the actions of about five people who threw themselves at the wheelchair, and prevented the man from falling under the train.  It was all over in less than 10 seconds.

Between today's incident, and the sickening footage of the baby in Melbourne, I would like to know why these platforms must slope towards the train?


Mark.V. said...

Probably to drain rain water off the platform. If the water drained the other way gutters and storm water pipes would be required.

Opinionated Mummy said...

Ah, very true. And let us not forget that there is probably more chance of rain than there is of people rolling off a platform.
Thank you, Mark.V.

brian_smaller said...

Yes, and my guess is the guy in the wheelchair wont forget to put the parking brake on in a hurry.

Must be a week of strange events at train stations. The cattle car disgorged it's commuters at Waterloo on Monday and as we all walk out to the carpark there was a well dressed woman in her early 40s in a business suit with her skirt hiked up around her waist having a pee by the water works building in full view of everyone walking past. I guess when you have got to go, you have got to go. And at a place called Waterloo as well!