The Train Not Standing at Platform One.....

Beyond the pale

Northern Rail




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Brian Maryon

Sat 19th Oct 2019 21:09

Thanks all.

Jason - yes perhaps using 'derailed' would have been more appropriate

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Don Matthews

Thu 17th Oct 2019 12:23

I am a puffing billy
Proud (not weak), but strong
I'm chomping at the bit to take off
Pull my parts along 😎

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M.C. Newberry

Thu 17th Oct 2019 11:10

Neat! Sums it up succinctly.
I tend to think back to how rail travel started in this country and how
companies COMPETED to offer the best service and value. Their
pride was at stake (as were the profits, of course) but their
success was seen in the names of their express services...proud
engine headboards and carriage signs proclaiming a prestigious
identity for all to see and admire. I recall the thrill of making my
way down Platform 1 at Paddington Station, beside chocolate and cream carriages displaying their destinations over their windows...
a mighty King or Castle class engine almost "chomping at the bit" - in the near distance, amidst the hustle and bustle of excited
anticipation in the endless to-ing and fro-ing beneath the big station clock.
Now, it seems "competition" and "pride" are sneered at, with mediocrity manifest in all its miserly forms. We may travel faster
but somehow that feeling of being part of something special has departed....along with the old named expresses I once knew.

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Jason Bayliss

Thu 17th Oct 2019 09:33


J. x

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Wed 16th Oct 2019 19:39

Like the nationwide trains - they ought not be regaled - but was it not always thus - the imponderable habits of rail staff and nature plus people getting ill en route and needing urgent treatment - we get a lot of it here around the zone of Woking and beyond. Frustrating as hell for the commuters. Glad I am no longer in the latter category. 😏

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