The Anonymous Widower

A Crazy Day!

Yesterday was a day I won’t forget.

As I said in this post, I was having a lot of frustrations with East Midland Trains, and decided to come back by Virgin from Birmingham.

I also decided to make a day of travelling, as I had someone with an idea, to meet in Manchester, so I decided to go via Preston and then come in to Manchester from the north west.

I left on the 08:30 from Euston and my main reason to go to the city was to see Preston bus station and the city’s buses.  Although, I did walk around the market and the shopping area, visit the Preston Martyrs Memorial, looking unsuccessfully for a cup of coffee. It is not a city centre of which to be proud, as I mused here.

I left around 13:00 and took trains 2 and 3 of the day to get to Eccles via Huyton.

Arriving in Eccles, I bought a day travelcard for the trams and then explored some of the new lines, before going back Carluccio’s in Piccadilly station to have my meeting.

I then took trains 4 and 5, from Manchester to Derby after my meeting, saw the match which was a crazy four-all draw and then came back into Euston at 01:30 this morning, using trains 6 and 7.

I’m a bit tired this morning, but it was a good day and it could have been much worse if Ipswich had lost. It would also have been a lot more expensive, if I’d decided to partake of some of dubious and very expensive hospitality of East Midlands Trains.

I must say this for Travelodge, who when I decided to not use the room I had booked, allowed me to painlessly cancel it with no charge over the Internet.

October 2, 2013 - Posted by | Sport, Transport/Travel | , , , , ,


  1. You were very near me in Eccles. One time when you are passing through, there is a lovely place in Hale Barns (near Altrincham) which does home cooked food, everything freshly prepared and they are allergy aware, I have never been glutened there, and I took my daughter yesterday and she was fine, and she has more issues than I have. It is my current favourite lunch and coffee venue. No station at Hale Barns, but there is one at Hale and one at Altrincham, and of course Stockport, (and Eccles) and I drive and could pick you up.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | October 2, 2013 | Reply

    • Thanks for that, Liz. I’ll post about Eccles later.

      Comment by AnonW | October 2, 2013 | Reply

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