I heard an announcement at the station earlier that the new 'leaf fall timetable' will come into effect on Sunday, and that some trains will be starting earlier. Leaf fall timetable! It reminded me of this article I saw on the BBC website a few days ago about the opaque language used in rail excuses and what it really means. Staffing problems might mean that the driver is late for his shift, and passenger action can mean anything from violence against a member of staff to a passenger sit-in or a passenger opening a door while the train is moving.
Theft of copper cables is a frequent occurrence, but passengers aren't told that - they are told that there are signalling problems, or that there has been vandalism.
See the article and hundreds of readers' comments here.