Tag: Trains

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Memories of Japan: Shinkansen!

I've been lucky enough to take a few trips on Japan's excellent Shinkansen trains. Last October, we went on a day trip from Kyoto to Hiroshima and the trips there and back were fast, comfortable and - for this train geek - exciting. I'll admit that going all that distance (about 360km!!) and back in ...

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Sleeping to Scotland

On Monday night, I took the Caledonian Sleeper from London Euston to Scotland. It's one of two rail sleeper services left in the UK, the other going down to Penzance in Cornwall. I wasn't trying to win any speed records (it leaves at 11:50pm and arrives after 7am), but taking a sleeper was on my bucket ...

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The power of the seat reservation

This evening, I left London Paddington on a train bound for Cheltenham. As with all my planned travel for business, I’d bought my ticket well in advance - both to be assured of a seat (not always guaranteed on British trains) and to be on a train that gets to my destination some time before ...

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Getting old? Moi?

I spent last night catching up with some old friends I went to University with. It's been a while since we all got together, so most of the night was spent reminiscing and embarrassing each other about various youthful indiscretions. Cringe-inducing, but hilarious all the same. Dinner at the lovely Green Hen, where due to ...