A Day Out On A Train

Yesterday Claire and Nigel and I went on a train trip to the Cumbrian coast. We got up at 5am and drove to Watford to hang around at the station (hurry up and wait!) the reason we left so early was that you never know what the M25 is going to be like and to make sure we got a place in the car park. 

We bought magazines and coffee and sat people watching. We were informed that the train would be late as it hadn’t left Euston .

We were travelling first class which means you get all your meals on board. As there were three of us we knew we would have to share with a stranger so we were wondering who that would turn out to be.

The train arrived and we boarded and took our seats. Our travelling companion was a very nice man who was good company so that was lucky!

The standard of catering on these trips is amazingly good. All the food is prepared on the train and served by lovely staff. We’ve got to know several of them over the years and it’s nice to renew the aquaintance. They work extremly hard and efficiently despite the movement of the train and the food is fresh and delicious and of a far higher standard than most restaurants.

Having had a large breakfast and gallons of coffee, we sat back to look out of the window, chat and , in my case do codeword puzzles. this trip wasn’t about getting somewhere, it was a tour which took us along a line on which tours are not usually permitted. We had a quick stop in Carlisle and then travelled along the Cumbrian coastline. The sun shone and the views were superb. It was pouring with rain at home.

We had another quick stop in Preston and then we had a splendid dinner and arrived back at Watford and drove home. A very good day out. It turned out that our travelling companion and his, sadly deceased , wife , used to work at the regional hospital board in paddington where I worked long ago.

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