Mysterious Train Seat Switches Revealed as Leftover Reading Light Controls

A Reddit post sparked curiosity about a mysterious switch under train seats, prompting speculation about its purpose. The switch was revealed to be a leftover control for reading lights removed during a refit, leaving many passengers surprised.

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Mysterious Train Seat Switches Revealed as Leftover Reading Light Controls

Mysterious Train Seat Switches Revealed as Leftover Reading Light Controls

A recent Reddit post has sparked curiosity and speculation among train passengers about a mysterious switch located beneath the armrest of train seats. The switch, which has left many perplexed, was revealed to be a leftover control for reading lights that were removed during a refit.

The viral post, shared by a Reddit user, included an image of the switch and prompted a lively discussion about its purpose. While some commenters couldn't resist making jokes about the switch controlling air freshener fragrances or detecting feet on seats, the majority agreed that it was originally used to control individual reading lights above each seat.

One commenter explained, "They took the reading lights out when they did a refit with their new branding, but left the switch in." Another added, "Reading lights. In all but one of the trains that I have been on, the bulbs have been blown. Look above you in the air-con vents and you will see the sockets."

The train operator mentioned in the discussion is believed to be Great Western Railway (GWR). It appears that during a rebranding and refurbishment process, the individual reading lights were removed, but the switches controlling them were left in place, likely to avoid the additional cost and effort of removing them.

While the mystery of the switches has been solved, the Reddit post has highlighted the curiosity and observational skills of train passengers. The switches, which have gone unnoticed by many, serve as a reminder of the ever-changing nature of transportation and the small details that can spark interest and discussion among the traveling public.

Key Takeaways

  • Mysterious switch found under train seat armrest sparks curiosity.
  • Switch is leftover control for removed individual reading lights.
  • Reading lights were removed during Great Western Railway refit.
  • Switches left in place to avoid additional cost and effort.
  • Reddit post highlights passengers' curiosity and observational skills.