The joke about British Rail excuses for train delays reminded me of one I saw in a reprint of an old Moon Mullins comic strip.
A passenger train is creeping along, painfully slowly. Finally, it creaks to a complete halt.
A passenger sees a conductor walking by outside.
"What's going on?" she yells out the window.
"Cow on the track!" replies the conductor.
Ten minutes later, the train resumes its slow pace. Within five minutes, however, it stops again.
The woman sees the same conductor walking by again. She leans out the window and yells,
"What happened? Did we catch up with the cow again?"