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Australia has different problems than the rest of us. Sometimes they get so many centipedes on their train tracks the trains can't run. The centipedes even caused a train crash once.

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5th April 2019
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8 months ago #9813299        
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The German railway, on the other hand, has only five problems: Spring, summer, autumn, winter and customers.


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Daru

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8 months ago #9813274        
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In Belgium, when the train you want to catch seems to arrive 5 minutes early, it's only because it's 55 minutes late.


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8 months ago #9813268        
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Yeah, we need someone who can make the trains run on time!

...oh, wait...


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Dzubur

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8 months ago #9813198        
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Coming from America, I'm jealous you guys have good public rail lines at all.


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Henlaar

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8 months ago #9814718        
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Leaves, the true horror of English society today...

8 months ago #9814416        
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We had a new one a few years back: sunlight. Apparently too much sun on the tracks made the rails expand in a way that mean trains had problems.

I'm beginning to feel there's a future in having all railways underground, all the time. Although earthquakes....

8 months ago #9813376        
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I learned recently that sting-less bees live in Australia.

Australia, the land where even the trees try to murder you, has fucking sting-less bees. How's that for irony?


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dlaV

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8 months ago #9813304        
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In Romania trains manage to get lost on the tracks, and therefor arrive late.


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8 months ago #9814001        
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remember folks the australian outback centipede can grow to be 2.4 meters long and are vorcious predators of large reptiles.

here is a photo of one ambushing an unlucky Megalania monitor lizard.

https://qph.fs.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-27a9c55631861bb60564f1985676f9d3.webp


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8 months ago #9813700        
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oh I can explain leaves. In the UK during the age of steam (basically before 1968) embankments and cuttings were kept pretty clear of foliage as they could be set on fire from flying sparks. Steam trains also needed sandboxes for grip up hills as it was hard to work two locomotives in tandem. When diesels replaced steam locomotives they thought they didn't need to worry about foliage nor sand grip as the diesels didn't produce sparks and could be connected to work from one cab. Unfortunately this has led to the leaves problem as leaves when wet can get greasy and slippery. It may be the same with the millipedes (squash a load of millipedes and that must leave a greasy smear on the rails)


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