Train passengers were held up for more than an hour after a railway signalman got stuck in an outside toilet.
He left his post to answer a call of nature but was left flushed with embarrassment when the lock jammed.
The driver of a Hereford to London train heard the man’s cries for help after he was forced to stop because he could not make radio contact.
Colleagues eventually managed to set the signalman free by forcing the door open with a crowbar, reports the Daily Telegraph.
The 3.13pm service was delayed during the rescue near Worcester Foregate Street station.
Rail bosses gave the reason as “signalling problems” but rail enthusiasts became privy to the truth through an internet forum.
One user joked: “Where are all the relief staff when you need ’em…?”
Network Rail apologised for the incident and blamed the rail system’s ageing buildings.
A spokesman added: “Much of the railway network is still controlled from Victorian signal boxes, which often have outside loos.”
by The Punjapit Alliance