A much loved episode of the comedy show ‘Father Ted’ sees his hapless sidekick Father Dougal assume the role of the local milkman after the priests conspire to have the old one fired.
But a revenge plot sees the milk float rigged with explosives that will detonate if the driver slows to less than 4mph, leaving Father Dougal in a terrible slapstick limbo.
Yesterday morning, as the 08:29 train from Liverpool Lime Street set off towards Manchester Deansgate passengers became embroiled in their own low-speed turmoil, as a brake problem meant that the Northern train could not travel faster than 10mph.
Referencing the Channel 4 comedy, one passenger, James Storer, said the experience “wasn’t quite as funny” as some people missed flights, job interviews and appointments.
The train was supposed to arrive at Manchester Deansgate at 09:23, but after leaving Winston station the train ground to a halt “every 50ft or so” and passengers were told that it had developed a “brake fault”.