4 May 2011
For the last couple of days I've been down in Canterbury visiting my son, his wife and our grandson. As my wife was busy I took the opportunity to travel alone by train. There is now a new high speed service from London to Canterbury that has slashed journey times on that part of the trip. All trains were clean, on-time, fast and comfortable. Also, at £25.50 return with my senior railcard, excellent value. We complain too often, but railways in the UK are actually rather fine of you can travel off-peak when the commuters are not crammed in. As an ex-trainspotter back in the late 1950s and early 1960s I still love trains. Secretly I'd like a Ian Allen locospotter's book (now Platform 5 books) so I could collect numbers still, but would risk being called a sad anorak!