The 'wrong kind of sun' delays departure.
A train ran late due to the wrong kind of sun, it was revealed yesterday.
The incident happened at Laindon station in Essex on a London-bound train operated by the c2c rail company.
A c2c spokesman said: "The driver was looking into a mirror on the platform to check to see if he could proceed. Because of the glare on the mirror, he felt he could not properly see and the train was delayed for seven minutes."
During wintry weather in 1991, a British Rail spokesman explained away the difficulties with running services by saying that trains had fallen foul of "the wrong kind of snow".
He was referring to the fact that, for once, the UK had been hit by Continental-style powdery snow that proved more of a problem than the more familiar slushy variety of the white stuff.
The c2c company is no stranger to weird delays, once complaining about "the wrong kind of atmospheric pressure" which affected the workings of its Electrostar 357 trains.
Railtrack, Network Rail's predecessor company, once said that leaves had been "bigger and juicier" during one particular autumn, prompting talk of the normal 'leaves on the line' problem becoming 'the wrong kind of leaves.'
Some other excuses given have included "there's a broken down Virgin ahead" and "there are too many people on the train."