Wednesday, 21 October 2015

My Worst Train Journey

So in an almost reply like structure to Guest Post #1 Trains, here is a new post, about my experience with trains.

The majority of my train journeys have always been a some what relaxing affair.

Although I have come across a few troubles in my 8 or so years of train travel. These include things such as having to use the replacement bus service, but this is a pretty standard affair so I have heard.

Nothing has been quite so bad as the time I travelled to London. It was a terrible journey.

Everything was fine at first, we was on route to Sheffield to catch my transfer then around half way, near Doncaster, it was announced that there had been some troubles on the tracks (a land slide if I remember correctly) which meant all trains to London on the route I had book where cancelled. The only option I had left was to jump of at Doncaster station, and then attempt to get a train from there. All would have been well if there hadn't been a number of commuters with the same idea.

So there I am waiting for the next available train, with 50+ other people, when the long distance train from Aberdeen, or somewhere a like turned up, and on it I jumped. Sardines in a tin is the best way to describe how packed it was.

My self and the 3 other commuters I was travelling with could only find space to stand in the narrowest of corridors near the bar. When I say narrow, I mean no more than 2.5 ft wide.

To top things off, a journey which was suppose to take only a few hours too around 8 hours.

8 hours standing on a packed train, full of people coughing, sneezing and sweating is not the best way to travel!

Thank god I was in the bar carriage, the Alcohol definitely helped to take the numbness of standing away, I arrive in London all in all around 8 hours late, and pleasantly intoxicated.

Monday, 19 October 2015

Guest Post #1 - Trains

Charlie has kindly allowed me to post on her blog (thanks Charlie), now I was initially struggling for a blog topic, and then I went for a train ride.

Now, I don't use the train every day.  Train trips for me come perhaps once or twice a month at most, and are still something slightly of an adventure - I've always travelled mainly on foot, on the bus, or in a car, so a train journey still holds a frisson of excitement for me.

However, it was the Leeds train back to Hull.

The Leeds train back to Hull is always overcrowded with people, and this one was no exception.  Late getting into Leeds from Manchester, the promise of a booked seat held by a little orange rectangular piece of card I knew would be broken - indeed, I wasn't even in the right carriage, as just getting on the train was a feat. The train reminds me of the underground in London, except that while with the underground you might not get on a train, and have to wait three or four minutes for another one (which any Londoner will tell you is a fate worse than death), you're looking at an hour to get another Hull train from Leeds, so it's even more vital that you get on SOMEHOW.

Standing, looking around the train, I wondered about the emergency hammer available to break through windows in case of emergency.

If you're not familiar with them, the emergency hammer (at least on this train) is a green plastic handle, with a pointy bit.  It looks a bit like a blowtorch, or maybe a futuristic laser weapon of some kind. I think I saw Captain Kirk shoot a Klingon with one once.

Yet next to it, in the instructions for using the hammer, (have a guess - yes, it was firstly get the hammer, and secondly break the window - good job there were instructions, I wouldn't want to get them the wrong way round) in the instructions there was a picture of a normal claw hammer, the sort of thing we all have in our toolboxes. Surely this is just confusing.

Happily I made it home without needing to use the hammer, and life is good.

Mike, when not drinking, sleeping, eating, or drinking, blogs at

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Guest Posts


So does anyone fancy writing me a guest post whilst I try to get out of my writers block?

Let me know