I'm afraid that blaming someone else for somebody's stupidity seems to be a rapidly growing attitude throughout the English-speaking world.
Still train-related, I remember reading recently about some guy who tried to commit suicide by jumping in front of a subway train in NYC. He survived, but his lawyers then tried to sue the New York City Transit Authority for his injuries, saying that they hadn't done enough to make him aware of the dangers of jumping in front of a train!
What next? Maybe signs above the track, something like "Danger: Jumping in front of trains may be hazardous to your health." ???
Re your "train surfing" incident, apparently there was a similar craze on the Underground (subway) in London a few years ago. The idiots would hang on to the grab handles between cars as the train sped out of the station and play a game of chicken as who would be the last to jump off before the train plunged into the tunnel.
I know there have also been several incidents of members of grafitti gangs in London either being hit by a train while going about their vandalism or tripping in the dark and getting electrocuted on the tracks.
Two words: Darwin Award.
[This message has been edited by pauluk (edited 09-14-2002).]