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Last night on the way home, I arrived at Paddington to discover everything was delayed due to a car hitting a bridge at Hayes.

After a wait they finally added my stop to one of the Reading trains that was about to leave (doesn't normally stop here, but actually left about the same time as the one that normally would). They only announce the extra stops just before it left, so I ended up in the last carriage.

When we arrived at the station at home, I opened the train door to find a distinct lack of platform, just a drop down to track level. The platform itself started a few meters further up the train. Wasn't enough time to get further up the train to the platform so ended up going to Slough and getting First Great Western to pay for a Taxi back (after several questions along the lines of "Are you sure the doors opened?").

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feanelwa
13th Jan, 2009 13:32 (UTC)
It's a good thing you noticed, some idiots (me) would have just stepped off and fallen onto the tracks.
hmmm_tea
13th Jan, 2009 17:09 (UTC)
Yes, I can picture myself doing that.

Glad I didn't.
ext_72852
13th Jan, 2009 14:02 (UTC)
ah... shame you didn't have a camera?
hmmm_tea
13th Jan, 2009 17:11 (UTC)
For some strange reason my instinct was to go and try the next set of doors rather than take a photo.

Admittedly I didn't reach them in time, so taking a photo would have been more productive.
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