Snow blocks railway company websites

February 2, 2009

We knew it was coming. Met Office kept talking about. Heavy snow across the South East of England. Regardless, this morning is a complete mess, as expected, and the country comes to a halt, as usual.

And to a degree, it is normal. It is very difficult to size transport for peak emergencies. Possible, but costly to the tax payers. So, in a way, I understand we are stuck today.

But what I don't understand is how all the web infrastructure associated with network railways is basically down.

 $curl -v http://www.southernrailway.com/ * About to connect() to www.southernrailway.com port 80 (#0) * Trying 213.86.249.117... connected * Connected to www.southernrailway.com (213.86.249.117) port 80 (#0) > GET / HTTP/1.1 > User-Agent: curl/7.16.3 (powerpc-apple-darwin9.0) libcurl/7.16.3 OpenSSL/0.9.7l zlib/1.2.3 > Host: www.southernrailway.com > Accept: */* > < HTTP/1.1 500 Generated error < Date: Mon, 02 Feb 2009 07:57:42 GMT < Connection: close < Content-Type: text/html < <html><body> <h2>No suitable nodes are available to serve your request.</h2></body></html> * Closing connection #0  Okay, so let's see SouthEastern: $ curl -v http://www.southeasternrailway.co.uk/ * About to connect() to www.southeasternrailway.co.uk port 80 (#0) * Trying 213.86.249.125... connected * Connected to www.southeasternrailway.co.uk (213.86.249.125) port 80 (#0) > GET / HTTP/1.1 > User-Agent: curl/7.16.3 (powerpc-apple-darwin9.0) libcurl/7.16.3 OpenSSL/0.9.7l zlib/1.2.3 > Host: www.southeasternrailway.co.uk > Accept: */* > < HTTP/1.1 500 Generated error < Date: Mon, 02 Feb 2009 08:04:03 GMT < Connection: close < Content-Type: text/html < <html><body> <h2>No suitable nodes are available to serve your request.</h2></body></html> * Closing connection #0