The Anonymous Widower

A Trip Around Wiltshire

I went from Waterloo to Salisbury and then onto the to the TransWilts to Swindon before coming home on a High Speed Diesel Train.

The train rides were enjoyable, through the countryside bathed in sun.

They did show some of the best and worst that trains in the UK have to offer.

The trip down to Salisbury was in a spotless Class 159, which probably because of the late morning time was rather empty. It was a diesel train, as no-one ever got round to extending the electrification on from Basingstoke.

I found Salisbury difficult, as the maps and signage were terrible. I couldn’t even find anyone, who knew where the street I needed was located.

Salisbury station  was rather nice, even if the Pumpkin buffet was its usual self, with no bottles with proper caps and no change. There used to be jokes about British Rail catering and Pumpkin don’t seem to have improved over the years.

I found Salisbury difficult, as the maps and signage were terrible. I couldn’t even find anyone, who knew where the zstreet I needed was located.

On from Salisbury to Westbury it was in a very crowded Class 150. This seemed to be mainly due to Glastonbury travellers many of whom were carrying lots of luggage.

Westbury station was busy with lots of freight trains passing through and full trains taking travellers to Castle Cary for Glastonbury.

The station also had a non-Pumpkin buffet, where I bought a nice coffee and a banana with a curve as delicious as the fruit. We need more independent rail caterers like this. It is mentioned in this list from the Gusrdian.

On fom Westbury to Swindon it was a single coach Class 153, which was again spotless, but it had a hideous mainly green interior.

But after a couple of stops, it brought me to Swindon for a very crowded High Speed Train to London.

It had been a mixed day, with the undoubted low point of Salisbury, the station’s buffet and the train I took from there to Westbury.

It could have been a lot worse, as the driver at Westbury had trouble releasing the brake on the Class 153. I didn’t hear any signs of a large wrench being used as a hammer, so he must have persuaded the train to release her brake by kindness or some other acceptable method. Or it could be that the cheery conductor, used her undoubted good humour.

At least the day was sandwiched by two rides in diesel trains at high speed.

The Transwilts Community Rail Partnership, appear to be making a good fist of creating a frequent rail link across Wiltshire. I’ll go again in a couple of years, to see if they have found a cure for their nauseas train. But I won’t go anywhere near the area at the time of Glastonbury.

June 24, 2014 - Posted by | Transport | , , ,


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