Monday 22 July 2002


Staff on Sydney trains are typically taciturn and uninformative but on the 8:19 from Newtown to the city this morning we had an unusually talkative conductor: a young woman with, from the sound of her voice over the intercom, a Middle European accent.

“We are waiting for red light to change,” she informed us—with a hard “g” at the end of “waiting”—as the train was briefly delayed just beyond Macdonaldtown station. “We will be going again shortly.”

Then, as the train approached Central, the first station on the inner city loop, she made another announcement:

“Next stop is Central. It is beautiful morning, we are living in beautiful city. All the passengers are beautiful, life is beautiful. I wish you will all have very beautiful day.”

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Pudding is a beautiful animal, and don't let anyone tell you differently.

Posted by Dorothea Salo on 23 July 2002 (Comment Permalink)

Hm. That now seems apropos of not very much.

Posted by Dorothea Salo on 23 July 2002 (Comment Permalink)

The condustor's statement sounds familiar somehow. As if I've heard something like this somewhere else.

Posted by Burningbird on 23 July 2002 (Comment Permalink)

It's nicer than typical, at least. I love people who, despite having to deal with the public day in and day out, can be cheery. Makes me feel just a bit better about humanity.

Posted by John on 23 July 2002 (Comment Permalink)

Back when I used to take the MARTA (Metro-Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) train to work, there was a conductor who would regale his passengers with his crisp, baritone voice - the voice of a soulful jazz-station DJ - with thoughts like, "Just look at that traffic down there! Aren't you glad you're riding MARTA? So just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride! MARTA - the Traffic Beater!" Or, "We're cruising along, beating the heat and the traffic the MARTA way! We'll be at Lindbergh Station in just a few moments."

Most drivers would simply utter, "Lindbergh - Lindbergh Station" and be done with it. This chatty fellow inevitably raised everyone's spirits, put a smile on all but the hardest rider's face, and probably received a lot of kudos from his foreman.

Posted by Bob on 24 July 2002 (Comment Permalink)

This discussion is now closed. My thanks to everyone who contributed.

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