Signalman Job Interview

Mark 18 Oct 2011
Gary wants a job as a signalman on the railways. He is told to meet the inspector at the signal box.

The inspector puts this question to him: "What would you do if you realized that 2 trains were heading for each other on the same track?" Gary says, "I would switch the points for one of the trains."

"What if the lever broke?" asked the inspector. "Then I'd dash down out of the signal box," said Gary, "and I'd use the manual lever over there."

"What if that had been struck by lightning?" "Then," Gary continues, "I'd run back into the signal box and phone the next signal box."

"What if the phone was engaged?" "Well in that case," persevered Gary, "I'd rush down out of the box and use the public emergency phone at the level crossing up there."

"What if that was vandalized?" "Oh well then I'd run into town and get my uncle Bill."

This puzzles the inspector, so he asks, "Why would you do that?" Came the answer, "Because he's never seen a train crash."


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