I’ve been running around on the Train & Underground system recently for my daily commute into work. (Currently 2 1/2 hours each way… I need to move closer ;))

Firstly, I much prefer Welsh trains. They have a conductor, who’s nice. The best experience I’ve had of a train in Wales, was of the conductor holding the train a couple of seconds to allow the ticket machine to finish processing my debit card and spit out my tickets. The best experience I’ve had in England, was a train that was on time.

I’ve not had a bad experience in Wales, but in England, I was once accosted by 5 toughs, whilst on the train and told to hand them my ticket. At this point I was travelling on a “Permit to Travel”, as there’s no ticket machine or office at my starting station. From the outset, they made me feel like I was a criminal. They phased me enough that I managed to miss my stop. I was late to work that day. Thanks, Southern Trains.

Last week, I had the lovely experience on the Tube, of having a guy sitting next to me lean across/against the seat divider enough that I couldn’t avoid him touching me. I find human contact uncomfortable in the extreeme unless I’m expecting it and I know whom its from well.

The photo is one I dug out of my archive. I will upload the full-size version to my flikr account if requested.

2 thoughts on “Trains

  1. Joanna

    See. I’ve had pretty good experiences with trains overall.
    Going from Devon to Manchester was a bit of a dud but it was expected as there were about 6 changes. So we were bound to miss something. Regardless, when we complained we got a certain amount of miles worth of train tickets (enough from here to Manchester and back, which we wouldn’t do again anyway xD) but yeah.

    I use the train a LOT. But that’s local travelling.
    It’s very cheap as well. For me.

    For example, a single, child bus ticket from my house just into town is £1.10 (I can walk there in under 20 minutes.) To get from town to practically the other side of the county is £2.70 Return.

    But that’s just my experiences.
    I guess in Devon we must have nice trains. x3

    Sorry you’re not having the best time though 🙂

  2. Kirrus

    Wait till you get older, and start travelling a bit more. It costs £50 for a return ticket from Cardiff Central to London Paddington. Fun…

    I think I’m probably commuting a bit further than to the other side of your county 🙂

    Its good, I’m getting through a lot of books 😀

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