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Old 01-30-2002, 20:28   #1 (permalink)
 
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Travelling home by train??

Travelling home by train??

If you are a regular traveller on Sydney trains, here are some facts which you are going to wish you hadn't read.

During Autumn of 2001, a team of scientists at the Department of Forensics at The University of NSW removed a row of passenger seats from a City Rail carriage for analysis into cleanliness. Despite City Rail claim that the interior of their trains are cleaned on a regular basis, the scientists made some alarming discoveries.

The analysis was broken down. This is what was found on the surface of the seats:

* 4 types of hair sample (human, mouse, rat, dog)
* 7 types of insect (mostly fleas, mostly alive)
* vomit originating from at least 9 separate people
* human urine originating from at least 4 separate people
* human excrement
* rodent excrement
* human semen

When the seats were taken apart, they found:

* the remains of 6 mice
* the remains of 2 large rats
* 1 previously unheard of fungus

It is estimated that by holding one of the armrests, you are transferring, to your body, the natural oils and sweat from as many as 400 different people.

It is estimated that it is generally healthier to smoke five cigarettes a day than to travel for one hour a day on the Sydney's City Rail.

It is far more hygienic to wipe your hand on the inside of a recently flushed toilet bowl before eating, than to wipe your hand on a City Rail seat before eating.

It is estimated that, within Sydney, more work sick-days are taken because of bugs picked up whilst travelling on the City Rail than for any other reason (including alcohol).

SO WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE YOU EAT!

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Old 01-30-2002, 20:54   #2 (permalink)
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I travel two hours on Sydney trains daily. I suspect the seats they ripped open were the old ones the new Tangara seats are almost slash-proof.

I think I should drink more alcohol now.
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Old 01-30-2002, 21:00   #3 (permalink)
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Well i kind suspected this, but theres no other way for me to travel to work since it's sooo far.

But heres a few experienced i had. Not long ago whne i got of the train in central i literally felt like i wanted to faint, no joke, it's never happened to me before except when i had the after shock after a big accident. I reckon they should sample the air thats comming from those train air cons i reckon it's toxic.

Anyways to make ourselves feel good it shows how human bodies are stronge my theory after years of travelling we will adapt to the diseases or City Rail.
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i absolutely despise public transport - always have always will! i knew this kind of stuff happened as well, but never saw any actual figures.

gaz

that's understandable, but in my case, it would cost me $26 a week to catch a train to work. i pay $40 a week for parking, plus petrol - all up $70-80. still, there's no chance in hell you're gonna get me into one of those trains unless parking or petrol becomes unbearably expensive
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Old 01-30-2002, 21:31   #5 (permalink)
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Costs me $42 a week for the train - Penrith->Wynyard. If I drove, it would cost

- At least $100 in fuel
- Shitloads more in parking fees (I work in the city)
- extra costs due to increased maintenance (adds up over time)
- faster depreciation due to extra k's travelled
- my sanity

I drove to work once, Kogarah to Chatswood during a train strike. Sunday arvo hioliday pisses me off enough, peak hour weekday traffic would send me into a nice yellow padded room.

You might prefer driving Nick, but it costs you more money than you think in the long run.

Besides, some of the views on the train to and from work can be very nice. :s6:
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Hmmm... great.

I hate trains. I had to catch a few of them last year when I was doing day shift in the city (only about 10 times I think)

I prefer to drive, not only for convienience, but also cos I dont like catching trains by myself at night. Also - the 4km walk from the station to my house isnt the best. (its mostly up hill)
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Old 01-30-2002, 21:59   #7 (permalink)
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Well this is a load of shyte!!!! Here's an email i got a few days ago...

Subject: LONDON UNDERGROUND TRIVIA




If you are a regular traveller on the London Underground, here are some
> facts which you are going to wish you hadn't read.
>
> During Autumn of 2000, a team of scientists at the Department of Forensics
> at University College London removed a row of passenger seats from a
Central
> Line tube carriage for analysis into cleanliness. Despite London
> Underground's claim that the interior of their trains are cleaned on a
> regular basis, the scientists made some alarming discoveries. The
analysis
> was broken down. This is what was found on the surface of the seats: 4
> types of hair sample (human, mouse, rat, dog) 7 types of insect (mostly
> fleas, mostly alive) vomit originating from at least 9 separate people
> human urine originating from at least 4 separate people human excrement
> rodent excrement human semen
>
> When the seats were taken apart, they found:
> the remains of 6 mice
> the remains of 2 large rats
> 1 previously unheard of fungus
>
> It is estimated that by holding one of the armrests, you are transferring,
> to your body, the natural oils and sweat from as many as 400 different
> people.
>
> It is estimated that it is generally healthier to smoke five cigarettes a
> day than to travel for one hour a day on the London Underground.
>
> It is far more hygienic to wipe your hand on the inside of a recently
> flushed toilet bowl before eating, than to wipe your hand on a London
> Underground seat before eating.
>
> It is estimated that, within London, more work sick-days are taken because
> of bugs picked up whilst travelling on the London Underground than for any
> other reason (including alcohol).
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Sorry, didn't meant to spoil it...
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Old 01-30-2002, 22:06   #9 (permalink)
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Sorry, didn't meant to spoil it...
oh great, and I thought I finally had a legit reason not to use public transport. :s5
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