Huttonian is all for GNER regaining its franchise. It has a generally good record, serves the best mobile breakfast in
Britain and generally (but not always) has the right type of train on track. But after to day I hae me doots
* We were on our favourite 'service' as the train is invariably described in the on board announcements-the 3pm from Kings Cross-under 31/2 hours to Berwick. Spanking new carriage-obviously just out of the wrapping. Wonderful new loos. Clean mirror, bright lights, smart sliding door. But, as we found half way to York, no water. Busted flush, you might say-and the sparkling hand basin Gobi like in its aridity. Fortunately people's offerings were covered by people's paper but although the music had died the melody lingered on. Several passengers talked to the 'Customers Service Manager' but he neither could apparently do anything about it nor locked it to prevent further abuse. Of course all the toilets may have been on the blink and they wanted to spread it about a bit. The tea was nice so there was water somewhere.
* Scots for 'I am beginning to wonder if I am right after all'