A man has fallen asleep on a train. Woken up by the squealing of the brakes, he realizes that he is the only passenger left on the train. He learns from a strange-looking station clerk that he has travelled an additional five stations and will have to stay in the waiting room for the night, because the station is entirely deserted and the next train only leaves on the following day. In the middle of the night, the traveller is surprised to see a woman in an evening dress asking him for a cigarette. Other people join her in the waiting room, holding glasses of wine and behaving as if they were at a party. The woman mentions the possibility of sleeping in a small room and a man wearing a white scarf adds that although the rooms are very small one becomes accustomed to them. All these people have likewise missed their stations and found themselves at the terminus... It is morning in the empty waiting room and all is quiet except for the squealing sound of a train arriving at the station. In the corner of the deserted room, the suitcases of the passenger, who the last evening missed his destination, rest next to other luggage.
Robert Aickman (Čekárna /The Waiting Room/ – povídka)