The Quietest Quiet Carriage…

So, this evening it is apparent that we are a nation of layabouts. The Fourth of January, many days since Christmas and the quiet coach on 2000 Paddington-Bristol is empty. Absolutely empty. When did the Christmas holidays run four days into January? Though that may account for our AWOL member of staff.

That aside, the thing is running to time as well.

Now, the plug socket at my table isn’t functioning, that’s mildly annoying, but not as annoying as the disappointment of a satisfactory journey. No crisp eaters. No keyboard thumpers. No pasties. No deaf old couple whispering very loudly to each other. Not even a Swindon person with a tin of Strongbow.

So this gives me the ideal opportunity to reflect on the comfort provided by our wonderful Great Western Railway. Now we all really know that they’re still operated by the bastard First Group and they haven’t even really bothered to hide it inside my InterCity 125. It’s ok though as will soon have new 100mph trains to look forward to; and boy, won’t we reminisce about the IC125 then?

These were once a delight to travel in, indeed travel on a Cross Country IC125 and enjoy leg-room, a comfy seat and a view out of the window. I can only assume the designer of the interior of GW’s train spent the night on a floodlit gravestone and found it the most comfortable thing ever. Well, for me, I live in hope the one of the new franchises on the Lawn at Paddington is for a chiropractor as these seats are appalling. They make the finest Recaro of a 1980s XR3i feel like the most sumptuous bed ever. They should offer to lend their passengers an iron to help use the journey time productively because, with the wonderful ‘Wembley Stadium floodlight effect’ lighting these trains have, you ain’t gonna sleep…
Anyway, a clank of a tin of cider on a nearby table indicates our arrival at Swindon so I’d better post this before the WiFi disappears in deepest Wiltshire and I crack open my family bag of crisps…

 

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