Luke is currently filming his hardcore rap video “East Suburbia Gangstas” for the Hugo Posse Bosse which he wrote & produced. Luke is currently working on the final draft of his first full length play “Second Time Around” Dramaturged by Augusta Supple. This is his hilarious train story…
A View From (not so) Moving Windows. – A true story by Luke Carson
9:45pm I catch a train at Newcastle to Central.
As I take my seat on the train I remind myself that I need to feed Mingo, the French bulldog I’m puppy sitting. With two hours before my change over at Gosford the humming of “the last train to Sydney” sends me off to sleep.
11:45pm I wake from my slumber, the train has stopped, probably waiting for a signal. I drift back to sleep.
11:55pm I wake again with a jolt, the train is still. I look out the window onto an empty car park protected by a metal spiked fence.
I look around but I don’t see anyone. I go from carriage to carriage trying to find the platform. I’m sure Gosford isn’t a short platform. A door is open and I can see there is no platform either way. I bang on the security door, nothing. I run through every carriage pressing THAT red button, I always thought it would be a thrill. It wasn’t. No alarm, no bells, no computerised voices.
I lean out the open doors. I look out – car park, I look down – train tracks, I look to my right and see my fate for the night. A stationed train.
“What the fuck” I yell at it.
Okay breath, first things first. Work.
“Hey dude, I can’t come in I’m stuck on a train.”
“What, Where are you?”
“I don’t know”
“That’s really inconvenient.”
Yes, yes it is. I call my mum.
“Mum, I’m stuck on a train” “What do mean you’re stuck on the train.” “I’m stuck on a train they didn’t do a walk through and wake me up” “It’s hardly their responsibility to wake you up.” “What do I do.” “I don’t know Luke. Should I call the police?”
My phone beeps 10% battery WTF!
“I got to go. I’ll call security.” “I’ll wake your father”
Father’s day. Shit!
I call the security hotline. They say the will send out a team. I imagine a pack of burly men with Pit bulls fighting through electrical wire to save me.
Fifteen minutes later a stocky woman in her 20’s yells from across the tracks.
“You alright mate?” “Not really. I’m stuck on the fucking train.” “You’re the third one tonight. I’ll go get my toey.”
The second in charge arrives and opens up the driver’s compartment. I exit via the train stairs and am back to civilisation.
He explains that he had to put his dog away that’s why he took so long. I tell him about Mingo. He points to a gate.
12:45am A man brown eyes me twice and asks what I’m looking at.
1:00am I catch the security guard talking to himself.
1:20am someone starts to kick the bus shelter outside the train station.
The Security guard is mid argument with himself.
1:52am Dad picks me up 3:45am I arrive in Newcastle 6 hours after I left for Sydney
If Mingo could talk I’m sure she would say. “What the fuck.”
Photo Credit: Luke Carson
Photo Credit: Luke Carson