Normally my train journey into work takes 43 minutes. Today it took over two hours. According to my NMBS App (which, I have to say, is pretty good at keeping you informed as to the state of the Belgian railways as well as being a handy route planner) there was a fire between Brussel Noord and Brussel Centraal.
My usual train is a direct train to Brussel Centraal, stopping at Brussel Noord. So that was cancelled.
There was a train to Leuven. Lots of trains go through Leuven, and it’s in the right general direction, so on I jumped.
When I reached Leuven, the available information was telling me to head to Brussel Zuid (another detour) and take a tram. Fortunately (I think), the train from Leuven was so much delayed that, by the time it reached Brussels, the line had been reopened and I was able to go directly to Centraal station.
And when I finally walked into the office, 90 minutes late, I was informed that three people had taken the day off due to rail issues.
Bunch of lightweights.