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  • Although I am no slouch when it comes to understanding what people are saying, my recent experience of one such ticket collector left me completely blank as to what he was saying

    • by Andrew Gray

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      It is said that the Edinburgh to Glasgow – and the Glasgow to Edinburgh - train-line is the busiest in Europe. I don’t know about that. If it’s true, it’s strange that it should be in one of the smaller countries in northern Europe and not in the south of England, or Germany.

      The line runs about fifty miles from Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, to her industrial city, the nation’s biggest, Glasgow. Many people live in one city and commute to the other, but there are also plenty of tourists who go to see one and decide to visit the other while they’re there. The journey last about forty-five minutes and is usually made in a fairly modern

      train, but not a high-speed train such as the Japanese operate. A trolley service serves tea and coffee, crisps, peanuts, sandwiches and biscuits. This saves any need for the passengers to stock up on their way to work. They can breakfast on the train and read a paper (there are free magazines on occasion) as they cruise towards touchdown on a fairly reliable basis.

      Sometimes, as with the recent blizzards which swept across northern Europe, the trains do occasionally grind to a halt. Generally, however, they are reliable. They are well-made and comfortable with a logo on the outside of the carriage designed to include the St Andrews Cross, or Saltire (the Scottish flag) as part of the ...

      • design. Inside, helpfully, there is a constantly updates electronic board which tells you where the train will stop next as well as regular announcements over the loudspeaker system.

        One or two shortcomings of the train service are that the ticket collectors sometimes hail from Glasgow. Although I am no slouch when it comes to understanding what people are saying, my recent experience of one such ticket collector left me completely blank as to what he was saying. I couldn’t understand a word! I should also give a word of warning. Some bright spark decided that normal locks that use age-old devices like metal bars to lock lavatory doors were out-of-date and replaced them on these trains with electronic

        locks that don’t work. I have sat in a seat beside the on board lavatories of one such Glasgow-bound train and I have seen three separate people caught with their trousers down on the same journey. It’s a scandal and something should be done about it.

        Incomprehensible railway servants and unreliable lavatories apart, the train journey from Edinburgh to Glasgow and back is very enjoyable. You can see the mountains of the Highlands in the distance as you cross the central part of Scotland and the landscape is spread out before you as you approach Glasgow and, even more so as you approach Edinburgh, Scotland’s highly-evocative and historic capital city. If you have the opportunity, take the journey. You’ll enjoy it.

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