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My plan for today:

0930 Tube from Clapham to Euston
1029 Train from Euston to Glasgow
1500ish Tube from Glasgow Central home

Then this happened.

My actual journey today:
0930 Tube from Clapham to Euston. Had to pay an extra pound to get OUT of the tube station, because apparently "Single Journey" doesn't mean single journey.
1015 Station employees informing everyone that there's a major signals problem at Bletchley so there are no trains out of Euston. However, there are also no trains to Scotland from King's Cross due to a fatality, so advised to stay where we are in case they find the signal problem soon and fix it.
1115 Advice changes - should now head to St Pancras, get the train to Sheffield, and change there for Glasgow. Tickets will be valid on all routes and for all companies.
1130 Get to St Pancras, discover the trains are 25 past every hour.
1225 Vastly overcrowded train to Sheffield. Get seat beside harassed mother and two small children. No fistfights in my carriage because of people sitting in reserved seats, but it's close.
1445ish Get to Sheffield. There don't seem to be any trains to Glasgow, but timetable indicates I should change at Darlington.
1454 Train to Newcastle via Darlington. Check with ticket collector, who looks slightly baffled, and suggests I change at York to an Edinburgh train, since there aren't actually any trains to Glasgow from Darlington.
1545 Get to York and recaffeinate.
1555 Train to Edinburgh, mostly populated by what appeared to be an Orthodox Jewish Boys' School outing.
1820 Arrive in Edinburgh.
1830 Train to Glasgow. Hurray!
1930 Get to Glasgow tube. Discover I've somehow managed to wipe all the information off my multi-journey ticket. Nice man gives me a replacement one and advises me not to keep magnets in my bag. I suddenly remember new magnetic bracelet I had in my bag for two days. Ah.
2000 Home. *falls over*

Luckily I appear to have been in a fairly phlegmatic and sanguine mood today (if these mean what I think they do, which they might not) and it didn't bother me much. And the weather was lovely all over Britain. I was actually slightly disappointed not to have, like, an hour's wait at York, because I haven't been to York since I was about 13, and I really liked it.

I always over-provide for my own entertainment, anyway, so I had plenty to do. I have: read the second half of James Blish's A Case Of Conscience, the first half of Jeremy Clarkson's And Another Thing, and the Guardian. Done the Guardian crossword, failed to do the sudoku, and had a better go at the kabuki than I ever have before. Played three games of Scrabble on my DS, and won two. Played Bust-A-Move for an hour or so on my DS. Listened to music. Twittered. Etc.

Now to catch up on six days of LJ.


( 8 comments — Comment )
May. 6th, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
Eeek! Have a good rest...
May. 8th, 2008 01:59 am (UTC)
Heh, I totally did. Had a very long lie in today.
May. 6th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
Yes, there was a one-under at Newark I think.

In one of those "social networking is ok apart from the fact that it's neither social nor networking" moments, I was passing through York station on my way home from a gentle wander round West Yorks at about 3.45 - and from the station I proceeded immediately to the Maltings for a particularly well-deserved pint of Rooster's.

Small world ;)
May. 8th, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
Heh, small, but not quite small enough. Damn.
May. 6th, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC)
Ooh, you came through Sheffield today. If I'd known, I'd have waved in the general direction of the station.

I was a bit surprised when you said you were told to change at Darlington. When I've travelled by train from Sheffield to Glasgow, I've changed at Doncaster, then stayed on the same train all the way through to Glasgow.

Glad that journey's over, and at least the scenery on the line along the coast from Newcastle to Edinburgh is very pretty
May. 8th, 2008 01:57 am (UTC)
It was the timetable that told me, and I might have read it wrong, since I was in a bit of a hurry...Doncaster was mentioned at one point too. And yes, the scenery was great!
May. 7th, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
FFS. Sorry to hear you had such a tough time getting home. :(
May. 8th, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
I was remarkably serene, which quite shocked me!
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