I've mentioned in the past the billions of pounds of new technology being thrown at the railway crossing near us to make it fully automatic.
In the picture below you can see the modern souless metal box of tricks on the left which is replacing the charming old relic on the right (cue cutting comments).
One of the jovial chaps who used to manually open and close the gates and light the oil burning lamps made the touching little sign to commemorate the passing of this 19th Century institution.
Anyway, the update is that the new set up was commissioned last week and the state of the art ground radar doesn't work. The solution? (There are dozens of various 'solutions' vans parked up the road). But what is actually operating the gates?
Let me tell you. The gates are operated by one of the poor downtrodden signalmen parked in his own car for 12 hour shifts manually pressing a remote after a visual check.