When GNER is on the blink
it is really bad. Today I really needed it to be on time for a second excursion to Rose Street Dentistry Inc and had unwisely hooked my wagon, as it were, to the 9.28 for an 11 am appointment. In the space of sixty minutes this express from Leeds went from on time, to late running, to going backwards, to stopped. No explanation on the website but you can imagine the excuses on the train and all the inconvenience it may cause regretted ad infinitum. And that was the end of the Rose Street experience as the next GNER was too late (timetable wise never mind real life) to be any good and Undeflowered aka Virgin has gone off Berwick going North remaining prepared to let you off southwards but you have got to get to Edinburgh first. Not a good morning and no prospect of an appointment until latish November by which time Huttonian may well have reached the Seventh Age of Man-sans teeth, sans everything as the Bard had it. I really sympathise with Disgruntled Commuter but much of that rant (see link) is about trains actually going-on GNER you sometimes have to do this in abstract and in a vacuum-a virtual unreality as it were.
To console myself I will erect my O Gauge Hornby Wind up rail track in its GNR livery. This will please Mr P and we can both act out our fantasies. ' Here is a customer announcement. The train has wound down and we can't find the key. Any inconvenience like missing a dentist appointment and having to wait in increasing agony until 2011 for another is regretted. Otherwise have a fantatistic day. Oh Yes the Buffet car has now closed as the team have jumped ship. Any etc etc-join up the dots yourselves'