If it isn’t enough of a lottery as to how late the train will be, it’s now also a lucky dip when it comes to getting fed on board.
Admittedly, it was dumb of our Highlands correspondent to travel from Scotland on a Sunday. And having an extra hour-and-forty minutes tacked onto his journey was a pain – but that’s virtually “on time”, given the current state of the rail network.
But the real problem was hunger. We’ve noted before (see FD, November 1997) the propensity for the north-bound Beardie Express to run out of food. This time, the problem happened in reverse: the buffet car remained resolutely closed until south of Wigan – then shut up shop after only an hour-and-twenty minutes.
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