[R]ail services near Tonbridge, Kent, were yesterday disrupted by "a smouldering badger on the line", the Daily Mirror reports.
Said disruption was not, however, on the same apocalyptic scale as that commonly caused by the wrong kind of leaves on the line, as watch manager Peter Brown explained: "Somebody had reported an electrical fire on the track at 8.30am. It [the badger] was on fire and every time a train came past it reignited.
"The flames would die down, but when another train passed the wind would cause the fire to start up again. I wasn't going to have trains stopped because the badger was already dead.
"We just told Network Rail there was a smouldering badger on the line. It didn't present a further danger."
24 October 2006
An English Twist on the "Dinner Train" Concept
English barbeque isn't noted for its quality, but at least it's included at no extra charge with your train fare: