Why do they keep the engines running while waiting?

This morning, I tried to avoid the classic traffic jams towards Antwerp by taking the train. I discovered that the train is no rock-solid solution. The delay of 15 minutes did not favor my arrival time. But okay. I was able to do some work for my client on the train, and that adds value to my business. So let me not complain about that.

On the other hand, while waiting for the connecting train towards Antwerp to arrive on platform 3, I noticed the diesel train at the other side of the rails on platform 2. That was the regional train that took me to Ghent, some minutes before. The point is, that train had reached its final destination. It was awaiting another set of diesel wagons to be added. Instead of switching off the engines, they kept putting smelly combustion gasses into the air while making a hell of a noise. Unneeded. It waited there for fifteen minutes, before the other set of wagons arrived and connected.

Wonder why nobody decides to switch of the engine. If you’d add the spill of fuel on all the waiting trains for a year, that could sum up – and stopping the engines would make the station a lot more quiet.


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