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This week so far has been a traumatic one for many of my colleagues on the railway. I do not differentiate between companies like a lot of my colleagues do, as far as I am concerned we are a railway family regardless of the colour of our uniform or train.

On the 24th April 2012 there were 5 fatalities in one day on the UK railway network, that is five drivers & guards whose lives have been changed forever by the actions of one person. Not to mention the Network Rail staff & Brtish Transport Police Officers that had to clean up the mess after the incident & the 1000’s of passengers who had their journey times severely extended or even cancelled.

So with this in mind I was shocked when a colleague of mine forwarded a document he received from the British Transport Police under the freedom of information act to find out that between the 1st January & the 2nd April 2012 there have been 147 incidents of persons being hit by or falling under trains on the UK rail network. Unfortunately this figure does not specify if the person survived or if the action was intentional or an accidental.

This is an appalling figure as that is 147 drivers that have to live with the knowledge that they have either maimed or killed a person whilst going about their job. It is also worth bearing in mind as well that there will also be a number of guards and members of the public who also will have been affected by the incident as well.

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The top train is one of our old long distance trains that were replaced by the newer ones, seen in the previous pictures.

The bottom train is one of our old local trains, they were retired in 2001 after being in service for nearly 40 years.

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These are the two main types of train I work. The top one is used for local journeys & the bottom one is used for our longer distance services.

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Desiro Trains

These are the main type of train that I work. But I do work on other types of trains well.

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Woman 'set herself on fire' on train

This happened while i was off work after my knee surgery. It was on one of the trains owed by the company I work for and it was two of my colleagues who were working the train when it happened.

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What an eventful week it has been, I returned to work on Tuesday for the 1st time since I had my arthroscopy. It has taken its toll on my knee but i was determined to get through it.

Today i had to attend a physiotherapy appointment today at 1350, i was promptly told by the physiotherapist that i’m doing too much & that i stand a good chance of doing permanent damage to my knee if I carry on stressing it like I am at the moment.

The result is that she instructed me to go to my GP & get some stronger anti-inflammatories, she also said to get him to sign me off for 4 weeks.

In two weeks time I have another appointment, where she will asses my knee and decide if i’m fit to resume work.

Oh well so much for the triumphant return to work.

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After yesterday, some joker decided to stack the ticket machines like this. LOL

After yesterday, some joker decided to stack the ticket machines like this. LOL

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This is the sight that greeted me this morning when I got to work. 30 Ticket machines that need to be processed ready for reuse. It will take me hours.

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1st day back at work after my operation. I had to spend 3 hours wading through nearly 900 emails.

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Me, sat at the Physiotherapy Department of my local hospital last Thursday. This was after 30 minutes of physio and i was hot and knackered.