Overheard a recent conversation between the Chief Controller (CC) in OCC and the Yard Master (YM) in the train depot.
CC: ‘I need to slot in a train now. It’s urgent.’
YM: ‘I’ve only got one spare (manpower) and he has been used up for the stock change. I don’t have any more manpower!’
CC: ‘In that case, you will bring out the train. I want you to bring it out now!’
YM: ‘But the only buggy is now at the siding. The spare left it there when he brought out a train for the stock change. It’s raining heavily now!’
CC: ‘So you want me to send a helicopter to fetch you?’
About 30 mins later, CC called back. ‘Hey! Where is the train? And why are you still in the office? You not bringing out the train?’
YM: ‘I’m still waiting for your helicopter lah!’