6.6.05

The train approaching platform 3 is the……

I've been told never to use National rail on a Sunday unless I have to. Well, I learnt why yesterday.

First of all, the journey to Glouscester was meant to be a direct train. It said so when I bought the ticket. It said so on the ticket. But when I got to Paddington, there was no train to Glouscester at 08:35, only one to Swindon. So when I went to ask, I was told, that was my train, and that I should change at Swindon. Fortunately, the change was smooth, last time I used this same train, I had to wait for 2 hours for the connecting train at Swindon.

The journey back however, was a bit more eventful. Fortunately, there was a direct train. However, we had to wait just outside Reading for about 30 minutes due to 'congestion on the platforms' which was apparently due to 'an earlier trackside problem'. A whole heap of people got on the train at Reading. As the train sped past Slough, a mini riot ensued on the train. Apparently, the Reading people were told the train was going to Slough. So they weren't very happy. The train they were meant to get on was behind us by 10 minutes. It was fun to watch the train manager try to settle them down.........

Got to London about an hour late. Got home around midnight. So it was a good thing I took today off.......

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