This week, a stowaway kitten was discovered perched precariously beneath the driver’s door of a Chiltern Railways train in the UK. Despite flying across the countryside at speeds in excess of 100 mph, the kitten was able to cling to the underside of the train over the course of his 900-mile journey until discovered and rescued at a station stop.
When drivers heard what sounded like soft mews coming from the underside of the driver’s cab door, they investigated, finding the black cat perched in a gear box area near the train’s wheels. He was lured out with a slice of salami, and taken to a vet where he was given a clean bill of health.
Chiltern Railways spokeswoman Emma Gascoigne said they believe the kitten leaped on to the train at Banbury train station in Oxforshire
She said, “The night before a driver at Banbury spotted the kitten run towards the train and then disappear. He couldn’t find it so he just carried on as normal.
“It wasn’t until the next night and 900 miles later than he realized that it must have been the same cat.
“This has never happened before. It managed to stay there for 900 miles and not fall off – it is absolutely amazing.”
Jodi Fox, a fleet resources assistant said, “It’s remarkable how he survived a 900-mile journey travelling at over 100mph – I was really shocked when I heard what had happened.
“He would have been able to see the tracks where he was and he must have been petrified.”
Jodi ended up adopting the kitten and naming him “Diesel.”
“When I got to work in the morning, I was asked whether I wanted a cat. I thought it was a joke but then I looked inside the box and I fell in love with him straight away – he just looked so cute.”