I won’t bore you with too many details about this course, but a short report from the first day of my track safety course.
- I need to do this course because the company I work for does a lot of work for the rail industry (filming and taking photos). And every person that needs to get close to trains and tracks needs to pass this exam. It’s 2 days training, and I have my exam tomorrow.
- I am in a class with 6 men, I am the only girl. This is no problem as they all are very very nice guys. Very.
- I am really not a train freak but I like trains and I find this course quite interesting. In my class I have people from DLR (Docklands Light Railway) (mostly overland trains without drivers that bring you from Bank to Canary Wharf, Greenwich, the Thames Barrier and further). And there are people from the London Underground who know everything about the tube. I could talk with them for days and not get bored.
- I have learned how to step over a rail when crossing one without getting electrified.
- I have learned how to protect an unsafe train line by placing an alert on the rails.
- I have learned how to place explosives (yeah baby yeah) to warn approaching trains for danger.
- I have looked ridiculous in my orange vest and white helmet and monstrous kick some ass boots. But on the other hand so did the others.
- While walking along the track trains have been sounding their horn for us. And we had to raise our hand so they knew we heard them. Funky!
- And now I need to study some stuff for tomorrow, hoping that I pass the exam. One thing I have to pump into my head is the phonetic alphabet. But there is lots more I need to find out. Lots. F.ex. things like have I seen Pirates 9 or 10 times now ? I can’t quite remember.