Chairman Pip's Railway Thoughts

You want it fast, or you want it good?

Posted in Babestation, Customer service, Great Britain by Chairman Pip on 1 July 2011

Sitting idly this afternoon, watching the boxes pop up from Tweetdeck, one idly caught my eye:

Sat in the salon bored lol. Anyone wanna ask a question ? X

The question came from one of the well known (at least in these here parts) Babestation girls. Not my semi-regular “contributor”, the effervescent Daryl Morgan (who seems to have forsaken the joys of Penny the Pendolino for getting stuck in traffic on the M6 on a regular basis), but her equally fun and bubbly colleague Camilla Quance, the girl of a thousand hairdos. Not wanting to let a lady suffer the boredom of waiting around in the hair salon, especially given that she will be suffering the boredom of getting her hair done, I decided to ask her a question – “Where’s the nicest place you’ve ever been by train?”. Her response to this was:

Penzance, my home town x

This was something I had no idea of (but then of course, why should I?), so I followed up by asking if she was a day traveller, or splashed out on the sleeper. Naturally, in the midst of this it got me to thinking. Penzance is pretty much as far west as you can possibly go on a train in Great Britain, and therefore is a pretty long journey. Indeed, according to First Great Western’s current timetable, the train from London Paddington takes around 5 1/2 hours, which is longer than to either Edinburgh or Glasgow. So, the question one asks oneself is “would I want to do that during the day, or would it be better to take the sleeper, and wake up in the morning to find the journey nearly complete?”. Admittedly, there is some nice, bordering on spectacular scenery to be viewed, not to mention the excitement of the Dawlish sea wall. Indeed, a friend of mine is contemplating whether to go for the cheap (i.e. road) option, or splurge on the train for when she takes a trip down that way. Naturally I advised the train, as it has the scenery, but also the time element (it’s still quicker than going by road). But nevertheless, it’s still a long journey. I can barely muster the patience when I go to Edinburgh, and that’s an hour and a half less (give or take). It’s an interesting question, especially given the lengths people went to to ensure FGW didn’t scrap the sleeper. Last word goes to Camilla, who answered my second question thus:

haven’t been for years x

Now perhaps she has the encouragement to hop on a train back to her old stomping ground. Or perhaps not 😛

NSFW

Would you rather see the scenery go past, or sleep through it?

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