LONDON — One stubborn cat kept a British high speed train in the station Tuesday — after almost taking a ride on the train’s roof.
The BBC reports that a half-hour before an Avanti West Coast train was scheduled to depart London’s Euston Station for Manchester, a cat was spotted atop the train’s cab — and it took 2½ hours to coax it down, a process complicated by the 25,000-volt overhead power lines. Passengers were transferred to a substitute for the 125-mph, Alston-built Pendolino trainset. The cat eventually departed after a trash bin was pulled up next to the train, giving it a path to dismount.
Joe Hendry, Euston station manager for infrastructure company Network Rail, told the BBC, “Thankfully, curiosity didn’t kill this cat, and we’re glad it avoided using up one of its nine lives.”