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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The cost of Tube Surfing

NOT the way to ride a train

At the moment there seem to be more stories in the news about people doing things on Tubes rather than inside them. Train Surfing, is nothing to do with surfing the net to find out about trains. It's about riding trains from the outside.

Tube Surfer costs £94K

I'd first come across this activity in Barbara Vine's London Underground novel - King Solomon's Carpet where it was referred to as Tube train sledging. In Vine's novel, one of the kids that does this, lies on the top of a Tube and comes to a fairly sticky end. Yesterday's londonpaper reported that a 20 year old schizophrenic man cost the Underground £94,000 and stranded thousands of rush hour commuters after train surfing. He was spotted riding the back of a Jubilee Line carriage at Baker Street. Fortunately he's now been detained under the Mental Health Act.


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