Sunday, January 21, 2007

2 Words

There are 2 words that strike fear into the hearts of all City Rail commuters...
"Attention Passengers"
The announcement was as follows:

Attention passengers! Due to a police operation at Redfern Station, this train will be delayed...

Definitely not what we were looking forward to just coming home from Symphony in the Domain.

At this point we were about 50m out from the platform, and the train wasn't going anywhere soon!

To their credit, for a change were were informed about 10 - 15 minutes later;

Due to the ongoing police operation at Redfern Station, the train will be delayed, and there is no scheduled departure time.

Groans rang out throughout the carriage after this announcement.

We heard this 2nd announcement a few more times, then suddenly, even though jerkilly, we edged forward, then stopped. As it happened, we had moved far enough ahead, to get the drivers compartment to be on the platform so we could leave the train. A big thanks for this as I wasn't looking foward to spending the night on the train, which was highly likely at that stage!

Edmund kindly picked us up from Central. We drove past Redfern on the way home, and there was a police operation underway, with the Redfern railway station area under lock down with armored vehicles etc...

When we got home, we couldn't find any news items, but when I woke up this morning...

Police in huge hunt for gunman
John Kidman and Christine Sams
January 21, 2007 - 1:00AM

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