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Re: K1300S Review - Ride Magazine
« Reply #15 on: January 10, 2019, 11:47:29 pm »
Train? Bloody train??

Last time I 'took' a train was in 1998. I was working with the Environment Agency in Bristol and they sent me to Leeds for a day. They gave me a train ticket warrant.

I rocked up at Reading station and handed in the warrant. The girl took it and turned it into a First Class ticket. Ooh!

I stood all the way to Paddington, the way that all travellers do on British trains, 1st class or cattle class...

At Paddington I was met by a lovely guy who took me to the First Class lounge, served me really good coffee and croissants and said he would come for me when my seat on the train to Leeds was ready...

Fuck! Was he hitting on me or what?

Ten minutes later he came to tell me my seat was ready and led me out to the train. He handed me over to a white-waistcoated flunky who took me to my seat, folded my jacket over the back of the seat opposite and asked if I would like tea, coffee or, would I prefer the full English breakfast in the dining car! He had, obviously, reserved me a seat.

I went for the full English and he carried my jacket, newspaper and briefcase as he led me to the seat with my name on it.

I had yet another coffee and croissant followed by eggs, bacon, tomatoes, hash browns, fried bread and a a great big pot of good strong tea.

The meal lasted almost all the way from London to Leeds with many top-ups of almost everything and as we were pulling in, the two guys opposite tidied away their business papers and turned from business conversation to normal chat.

'I always feel sorry for those who paid full price for a first class ticket and get a free breakfast when I only paid second class for both of us and £7:50 eash for the breakfast!' What?

When I looked at the ticket as I handed it to the ticket collector I noticed the price...£437 for a return ticket. In 1998!!!

When I got back to Reading station that night, I asked the guy how I would get 'my' train home with me. 'Woddyermean?' 'Well, I assume that for £437 I have actually bought the train, how do I get it home?'

Haven't been on a train since, as somewhere, I have my own  8)

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Re: K1300S Review - Ride Magazine
« Reply #16 on: January 16, 2019, 09:14:04 pm »
Wow. Can't wait until SuperJezza becomes PM and renationalises the wailways, lock, stock and Intercity 125.

Was the review bike the 30th Anni? The bestest and the fastest by far? How did they rate reliability & costs of ownership?  :o
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Re: K1300S Review - Ride Magazine
« Reply #17 on: January 18, 2019, 11:34:32 am »
Train? Bloody train??

Last time I 'took' a train was in 1998. I was working with the Environment Agency in Bristol and they sent me to Leeds for a day. They gave me a train ticket warrant.

I rocked up at Reading station and handed in the warrant. The girl took it and turned it into a First Class ticket. Ooh!

I stood all the way to Paddington, the way that all travellers do on British trains, 1st class or cattle class...

At Paddington I was met by a lovely guy who took me to the First Class lounge, served me really good coffee and croissants and said he would come for me when my seat on the train to Leeds was ready...

Fuck! Was he hitting on me or what?

Ten minutes later he came to tell me my seat was ready and led me out to the train. He handed me over to a white-waistcoated flunky who took me to my seat, folded my jacket over the back of the seat opposite and asked if I would like tea, coffee or, would I prefer the full English breakfast in the dining car! He had, obviously, reserved me a seat.

I went for the full English and he carried my jacket, newspaper and briefcase as he led me to the seat with my name on it.

I had yet another coffee and croissant followed by eggs, bacon, tomatoes, hash browns, fried bread and a a great big pot of good strong tea.

The meal lasted almost all the way from London to Leeds with many top-ups of almost everything and as we were pulling in, the two guys opposite tidied away their business papers and turned from business conversation to normal chat.

'I always feel sorry for those who paid full price for a first class ticket and get a free breakfast when I only paid second class for both of us and £7:50 eash for the breakfast!' What?

When I looked at the ticket as I handed it to the ticket collector I noticed the price...£437 for a return ticket. In 1998!!!

When I got back to Reading station that night, I asked the guy how I would get 'my' train home with me. 'Woddyermean?' 'Well, I assume that for £437 I have actually bought the train, how do I get it home?'

Haven't been on a train since, as somewhere, I have my own  8)

Haha! Back in the consulting time I did a spell going to Manchester from London every week. We'd get the Virgin Pendolino thing which I believe cost ~ £75 each way. So much more 'reasonable', however the fried breakfast came with free extra dry food attached to the cutlery.

I think it was first class, but that just means shitty breakfast and a slightly different style of seat these days afaik.

I eventually gave up and either drove or rode there and back.
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Re: K1300S Review - Ride Magazine
« Reply #18 on: January 18, 2019, 03:40:56 pm »
On that particular journey, the morning train was delayed for half an hour because some cows got out of a field and one head-butted the previous train which was 'on it' at the time and well over 100mph.

On the way home after a tedious day in someone else's office, my train hit a cow, apparently from the same herd, but at a much more reasonable speed, about 70 according to the driver. The result was the same; one dead cow, one very delayed train and lots of very sick and screaming passengers in First Class as they sat and watched milk, beef mince and intestines drip down their carriage's side windows.

'Burgers and milk shakes anyone' went up the cry from the bar steward...

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Re: K1300S Review - Ride Magazine
« Reply #19 on: January 19, 2019, 11:02:45 am »
 :o bleurgh!!!
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