Richard Bell’s nature diary, London, Thursday, 6th August 2009, page 3 of 3
THE EXPRESSION ‘failed train’ brings the Rev. W Awdry’s Thomas the Tank Engine stories
to mind in which the trains and rolling stock often behave like willfully naughty
Technical problems mean that we’re delayed for more than an hour at Stevenage as
we wait for a replacement train but the good news is that there are free drinks (including
the distinctively salty Harrogate Spa water) and highland shortbread available at
buffet and it’s an easy process to reclaim the price of your rail ticket from National
Express East Coast.
I have longer than I’d expected to draw on the train . . .