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grahame
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« on: January 21, 2018, 01:47:58 PM »

Some things I have had said to me:

* I had to sit between two strangers
* The buffet catering trolley couldn't get through
* I couldn't get on and had to wait for the next train
* The aisles were blocked with luggage
* I have gone back to using my car
* "I have run out of tickets" ... train manager, TransWilts yesterday  Grin

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« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2018, 02:24:02 PM »

"I could not get back on the train to despatch it!"  -Train Manager working a train
in the run up to Christmas....
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« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2018, 02:41:40 PM »

Some things I have had said to me:

* I had to sit between two strangers

Always gets me, that one. Seems as though they ought to be using taxis.....if you can have one stranger next to you, two won't hurt either....
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« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2018, 03:42:26 PM »

"... I had to sit on the floor and bemoan the state of privatised railways to a journalist. There were actually seats I could use though." - Jeremy Corbyn.
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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2018, 03:56:07 PM »

...there were two people stood in the toilet (note: door remained open. No funny business).   

This was an HST. In one of the new style Turbo toilets it could have been 16. 😋


...someone sat on the table, back against the window.  (Relatively common on late night short formed services from Paddington I’ve found).

...that the government insisted on putting prices up by above inflation for a decade to try and dissuade people from using the trains. 😉
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« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2018, 04:19:45 PM »

On a fairly packed turbo heading out of Paddington a few years ago I heard the following announcement:

"Ladies and Gentlemen we are going to be a few minutes late as we are awaiting the arrival of the catering trolley"

I think this would have gone down better if it hadn't been such a disaster when it eventually arrived. There was no water - except bottled - so no coffee or tea or hot chocolate. The selection of food available for purchase was similarly limited and he only had chocolate bars. Sadly I can't remember his explanation for why there was such a rubbish selection. He had parked the trolley in the vestibule at one end but this forced people from standard to stand in the 1st area to make room.
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« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2018, 04:50:26 PM »

............it was simply not possible for me to get on the train as there were already people standing all the way down the aisles, in the doorways and perched in the luggage racks.......I reflected, with a rueful smile as the train pulled out on the fact however that this was entirely my own fault for being foolish enough to want to travel to the Westcountry between 4pm and 8pm from Paddington.......

I shared this little gem with my fellow passengers who were also left behind on the platform who, strangely enough, did not agree with me - they all seemed to feel, in a totally illogical manner, that having spent hundreds of pounds on a ticket, they had the right to expect to spend the next 4 hours sitting down, and that GWR should keep their promises to provide more capacity.............I laughed at their naivety and responded "Oooooooooooooos gonna pay for it?"

.............several weeks later, when I was released from hospital, I got the bus home  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2018, 05:07:29 PM »

"Could you", said the train manager handing me his keys with the appropriate key foremost, "unlock and open that door", pointing to the rear driving cab door, "and a few of you stand in there or else I wont be able to get to the panel to open the doors at the next station stop".   
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« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2018, 07:57:09 PM »

..."passengers for A,B and C are requested to alight and remain on the platform from where alternative road transport will be arranged". (But apparently it wasn't!)
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« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2018, 08:13:31 PM »

Passenger to man trying to push his way onto the train: ”Excuse me there’s a queue here”

Man to passenger: “Yes sir and I’m the driver.”
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« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2018, 09:25:22 PM »

“I looked through the window and I saw that people were actually sitting on the roof of the train and hanging on for dear life. I even saw people walking on the roofs of moving trains. There were people crossing the railway tracks by foot and jumping off trains while they were moving, hanging on to the doors….” (from The Road East to India: Diary of a Journey of a Lifetime by Device Rosamund)
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