March 7, 2016
Commuters were left confused and afraid yesterday by a realistic recreation of a train running on time – but it was only an exercise.
London Paddington was the destination of the mock-up train, carrying some 600 passengers, who were then herded onto replacement bus services back to their point of origin to catch the real train, which was cancelled.
Commuter Neville Slacks said: “It was weird because it was exactly like a train, except it wasn’t late. It was so realistic. I think it might have actually been real.
“But then they said it wasn’t. To be honest, I’m confused.”
Rail bosses said actually making a train run on time was the best way to prepare staff for the unlikely eventuality of one being on time.
Train driver Rocky Balboa said: “You can’t get training like this from a book. Unless it’s a book about how not to be late.”