The night before last, I dreamt that I was a train driving instructor and that I had a trainee with me. The trainee was driving and as we rounded a bend, we saw that workmen ahead had lifted up and removed the tracks.
We tried to brake but couldn’t stop in time. The train ploughed into the ballast and then crashed into a building next to where the track had been. No one was hurt but I was really shaken up, both in the dream and when I woke up.
Last night, I had a similar dream.
This time I was driving but I had two or three colleagues elsewhere on the train (I think they were serving the passengers food and drink).
I had to stop at a station between Gravesend and Higham which we had never stopped at before (in reality, there’s a disused ‘staff halt’ between those two stations).
When departing from the station, I took full power and as we went over two bumps (kind of like speed bumps, but they actually looked like foot crossings) the train got thrown from the tracks.
Again, the train dug into the ballast and eventually stopped. My colleague’s came to the front of the train and told me we weren’t supposed to take full power when leaving that station (although passing through at line speed apparently wasn’t a problem).
No one was hurt but I was terrified about getting into trouble, even though no one had ever told me not to take full power from that station before 😮
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