June 30, 2009 at 11:49 am | Posted in Compulsions, People, Sight, Society, Threats | Leave a comment
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Shopping trolley fails to cross railway line

This needn’t be your fate.

Public transport is a nightmare. Taken off peak, however, trains can give you enough personal space to make short journeys without panicking.

The best carriage on a train is the last one. A study of media images shows that front carriages generally fare worse in head-on and in-tunnel crashes. At level crossings, however, all carriages are vunerable to overshooting road vehicles.

The best seat in a carriage is in a rear corner, by a window, with nobody facing you. Whether you go left or right will depend on your need to fend off attackers with your dominant arm.

If you journey one way on one side of a carriage, you’ll return on the same side (to complete the scenic ‘loop’ and thus not miss anything).

Trains which travel under cities offer a rare opportunity to observe other people. The multifaceted mirroring effect created by dark tunnels and bright internal lights means you can watch second or even third-hand images with no chance of subjects detecting or returning your gaze.

The traumas of tickets, timetables and transit police will be covered elswehere.

For a truly uplifting account of an aspie child conquering an arduous solo train journey, read Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.


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