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What a journey! by suzulu on 3 January 2010 1:08am
I have just returned to London after a nightmare journey from West Wales. A normally five and a quarter hour journey to London Paddington took seven and a half hours. First incident – stuck at a station for half an hour because a mile up the track some drama happening with boys/men with air rifles, police involved. Later, at Cardiff station after sitting there for 20 minutes, smoke appeared from underneath the train. Crowded train with people standing who panicked and rushed off the train (difficult with luggage!). That train was taken out of service, obviously. Had to get off to try and get on train on opposite platform. Jammed packed so couldn’t get on. After moving back and fore between platforms, eventually got on a train to Newport where train was terminating because of engineering works at Severn Tunnel. Replacement bus service to Bristol Parkway to pick up London train. This bus journey took over half an hour. Missed my train and had to wait half an hour or so for the next. Just about managed to get a seat. Apparently this train had had problems beforehand with something blocking the track. Eventually got home at 9.15 having left at 1 p.m.

Re: What a journey! by mrsteabag on 3 January 2010 2:23am
Oh, Sue! Thank heavens that you survived. I upload a cup of cyber-cocoa with a generous splash of Amaretto for you.
Here in the states, our national train system, Amtrak, runs like that on a regular basis. They wonder why no one takes them. I once had a trip go from 3 to 6 hours because of a downed tree, the train being late to begin with, and other delays. Mr. Teabag got caught on one with no heat in February between Detroit and Chicago. We can relate.:pppp
Re: What a journey! by kazzzz on 3 January 2010 2:48am
Gawd!! The joys of holiday travelling, would have been quicker to hitch hike!!
Re: What a journey! by suzulu on 3 January 2010 7:59pm
Cyber-cocoa with Amaretto accepted gladly!
Re: What a journey! by Loretto on 5 January 2010 3:22pm
A flight from Shannon Ireland to JFK New York which I was on in 1993 got diverted on Jan 6th to Gander Newfoundland, engine trouble. I had my personal cheque book and 25 cent US. We were there over 15 hours and becuase it was a charted flight they were refusing to put us up for the night or even buy us a meal. I was starving and was in utter shock that they wouldn't cash a personal cheque. One of my scottish friends was a Nanny in the US and asked me to bring her back a multiple pack of Tayto chips. I ate everyone of them and ended up hanging my head over the bathroom faucet to quench the thirst. Gander Newfoundland is not the place to be on Jan 6th, they de-iced the plane so many times the passangers were seriously hushed. When we took off in a heaving snow storm the whole plane groaned. Never again will I do a charter, I don't even know if they offer charter flights anymore with all the flight restrictions. Anyway, I wanted to say I can empathize with you suzulu, but ended up making it all about me. Let's talk about you, what do you think of me? :-)
Re: What a journey! by ev on 5 January 2010 3:50pm
At the beginning of this year I was stuck on a train in China for 2 days! But actually that's how long the journey was meant to take.. :)

Chinese trains are actually very punctual and efficient. Which is strange, cos everything else there seems pretty chaotic!
Re: What a journey! by bIG bLOGGER on 6 January 2010 5:25pm
The Chinese train that got stuck in a snow blizzard/drift in inner Mongolia was none too punctual or efficient methinks,milord,because they had to dig the passengers out and it took them 17 hours to do it. ....BRRHHHH!!!

Chinese train [becomes] stuck in snowdrift /5 Jan 2010
Re: What a journey! by TERRY S on 7 January 2010 1:54am
Don hasn't been to work for nearly a week. He took one look at the roads and thought, "Sod that!". He refused to get the car out and worked from home - and quite frankly I don't blame him one bit!
Re: What a journey! by tucsonmike on 9 January 2010 1:13am
Glad you are ok from this mess.

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