Many things have been blamed for delays, especially those "on the line". If you are looking for a list of standard excuses then you may want to look at Excuses
Items found 'on the line'
- A body on the line at XXX
- Dog, Fox etc
- Lion on the line
- Ronald McDonald
Although rarer than Cows horses do get onto the tracks. On September 6 2012 a stray horse wandered onto the tracks at Castleton station just as a fast train was approaching. With seconds to spare, the train was brought to a halt just yards from the scared animal. This incident is even rarer as there were pictures taken of the incident.
Items almost 'on the line'
- Not quite on the line but Man ties to board train with pony