Despite a 'Locomotive Problem' at York, National Express deposited Huttonian at Kings Cross only 25 minutes late-'late running service' a grade better on the Railtrack Scale than 'any inconvenience is regretted'. The difficulty at York appeared life threatening to the extent that it was the Locomotive Brake which had a problem. Or as the Service Team Leader (Train Guard in old money) put it: ' The brake is stuck so we are not going anywhere.'
But we did. The resident engineer (York is the best place to break down if you have to) visited the cab, changed the two AAA batteries, flicked a mouse and off we went-inconvenience unregretted but definitely late running
Huttonian and the wife are on a spot of grandparental duty made more pleasurable by a discovery that if you book well in advance its much cheaper to go First Class than 'standard' I had booked one ticket standard and found when doing the other that I could save £30 on a non flexible, no waiting room allowed, First.
So guess who had the First Class ticket?
To be fair the Wife went down the day before. Non stick Brakes. Dead on time.
And tomoorow we both go First. And being a weekend there is the inevitable bus journey involved.
First Class is inside the bus, however.
The image-Ffion and Zoe-thankyou again Erase. Two good reasons for braving brakes and inconvenience)
Labels: Granddaughters, National Express, Palmers Green Lunnon