2005/03/02

Tilting trains now flushed with pride

Found this interesting article by Harry Porter. I raises interesting questions about human rights. Like for instance: should ppl be entitled to privacy while they take a dump in the train?

Angle poise - the
revolutionary pneumatic loo

Rail passengers are enjoying the experience of Britain’s first state-of-the-art tilting trains.

But the initial pilot routes revealed a small design fault… in the loos.

Travelling at 125mph may be an exhilarating experience, especially tilting into a country bend on the West Coast line.

But it wasn’t much fun if you happened to be sitting on the toilet!

Cathy Graham (36) was en-route to Manchester and was ‘spending a penny’ when the train went into full tilt – propelling Cathy out of the toilet cubicle and into the carriage.

“I was mortified,” she admitted. “I mean, how embarrassing is that; having a hundred people looking at you flailing around on the floor with your knickers at your knees?”

Following a number of other incidents, including a particularly distressing one involving an elderly vicar, Virgin Trains called in the boffins.

Working through the night at the depots, engineers applied basic tilt ergonomics to the toilet bowls.

Working from a new base plate, bonded to the floor with high-density corrugated rubber, the bowl itself now sits on a nine-inch, spring-bound pneumatic funnel.

This, together with the flexibility of the base plate, means the toilet can tilt to over 45 degrees, allowing you to stay seated in comfort while angled like a high-performance motorbike on a hairpin.

8 Comments:

well, i can tell you, i have spent a night in jail. and they dont care, you have to do all you business in front of everyone. the english are such pansies (j/k). but seriously, it is really embarassing. 

Posted by angiekruger
3/02/2005 01:30:00 pm  
Seems like if the toilets are on mounted on the floor of the car they already tilt when the train car does....or am I nuts? Maybe I'm thinking backwards, which wouldn't be the first time....

 

Posted by surrogate
3/02/2005 03:20:00 pm  
"if the toilets are on mounted on the floor of the car they already tilt when the train car does "

Good question... mmm... what happens to the "pennies dropped", I wonder. Does shit hit the fan? 

Posted by WhyNot
3/02/2005 06:40:00 pm  
Now this is a humanrights issue we can all appreciate. LOL  

Posted by Dianne
3/03/2005 10:56:00 am  
OKOKOK....this is funny!

Thanks. 

Posted by Kender
3/03/2005 08:11:00 pm  
Sorry to comment off topic but I was happy to see that I made your fascist assholes list...and a new slogan! "Fascism at its best." It reeks of creativity and really puts me in my place.

Thanks again and stay left!

Toodles,

John
Head "Fascist Asshole"
XtremeRightWing.net  

Posted by XtremeRightWing
3/07/2005 05:48:00 am  
de rien, John... We will stay left and when you come to your senses regarding humanity are invited to join us. 

Posted by Dianne
3/07/2005 09:16:00 am  
"Thanks again and stay left "

Pleasure is all ours, John. Glad to oblige :-) 

Posted by WhyNot
3/07/2005 04:20:00 pm  

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