Friday Needs Another Damned Nap

FlyingScotsman I used to love taking the train down to London.  When GNER had the East Coast mainline Mrs. Toad and used to travel pretty regularly, in the days when I lived in London and we only saw one another every couple of weeks.  As often as we could we would go and sit in the dining car and slowly get drunk all the way to the end of the line.  Those were really rather romantic days.

Anyway, when GNER’s parent company got into trouble they were forced to sell off the East Coast mainline under some obscure rule of Capitalism which requires failing companies to get rid of the only bits of them which work – in other words the only parts of the company which might actually help them work through their problems and get back on their feet.  Obviously if this doesn’t make perfect sense to you then you must be some sort of Communist, but it strikes me as some sort of ludicrous rule dreamt up by the vultures rather than the victims, but hey ho.  If nationwide healthcare is too Communisty for you then what chance do sensible rules of business have?

Anyhow, that line went to National Express who have made an unspeakable balls up of the whole operation.  Apart from running a previously healthy line into near-bankruptcy they have taken away the fucking dining cars, which now only operate on a fraction of the trains.  So yes, making a service notably more shit and that service therefore becoming markedly less favourable with customers, who’d have thought those two were connected.  Gosh the world can be a strange place sometimes.

So, this being Friday, please take the opportunity to de-lurk and fill in your Friday Five:

1. Favourite mode of long-distance transport.
2. Weirdest place you’ve had a surprisingly civillised meal.
3. Thing that just isn’t what it used to be.
4. Most boring everyday thing which actually turned out to be quite romantic.
5. Most annoying train habit.

Beck – Broken Train
[audio:http://songbytoad.com/tunes/Beck-BrokenTrain.mp3]

Eels – Railroad Man

[audio:http://songbytoad.com/tunes/Eels-RailroadMan.mp3]

Billy Bragg – Train Train
[audio:http://songbytoad.com/tunes/BillyBragg-TrainTrain.mp3]

iLiKETRAiNS – The Beeching Report
[audio:http://songbytoad.com/tunes/iLiKETRAiNS-TheBeechingReport.mp3]

Phil Ochs – Automation Song
[audio:http://songbytoad.com/tunes/PhilOchs-AutomationSong.mp3]

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