A friend of mine was a fireman and latterley driver on the Southern Railway. He told me that one year he was firing the lucrative 'Golden Arrow' dining train from London to Dover, and what went wrong one trip... It was a blazing hot day and the haze was terrible on the track as it obscured their view (when I say haze I mean the heat ripples you see occasionally). When they reached Ashford it was even worse, as of course the line is almost perfectly straight from there to Dover. Suddenly, he noticed some white specks on the track. He alerted his driver and they slowed down a bit, but it was too late. When they reached Dover the passengers were met with the site of the remains of several sheep over the front of the engine! Needless to say the railway was fined as it was their duty to maintain the fence... Has anyone else had incidents involving animals and railways?