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[challenge entry] Top Train Trumps

Make those expensive, crowded and slow journeys just fly by
Sorry for the quality - I'm new to all this
But I felt compelled, because I really really really hate the trains.

From the New Top Trumps challenge. See all 206 entries (closed)

(, Sun 13 May 2007, 12:15, archived)
# Don't apologise
This is really quite good

But personally I really like travelling by train.
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 12:17, archived)
# if i wanted to goto swansea from my current location
I can get there but there isn't another train till the following day - useful? i think not
Woo to the pic btw
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 12:22, archived)
# It depends on where I want to go to
I live in the south east and it's actually quicker for me to get to France than London because of the awkward train route

But I like kicking off my shoes, reading a good book and relaxing. Normally the trains in these parts are pretty empty.
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 12:26, archived)
# I love travelling by train
Those pendolinos are great. Big comfy seats. Quiet zone enforced. LAptop and XDA plugged in charging up, film on the laptop, book on the XDA. All the tea and coffee you can drink for free and a free snack box. Evening meal if you are on the right train and at seat service. Huge table to cover with your newspapers PC magazines and tins of Stella. Yes, the train takes my strain.
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 12:26, archived)
# I rarely
travel on trains, so always feel a little excited when I get in and they pull of...

Is this normal for a 27 year old...actually I dont care...

Edit: However, Oxford to Guildford does seem to take an unreasonably long time...
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 12:29, archived)
# I'm over 30 and I still love trains
even though I go on 4 of them every day (until September when I'll have to start taking the Motorbike to work). I don't love them in a nerdy way, but there's no finer way to commute than being able to have a good coffee while reading to paper.

people who complain about them are just the kind of person that whinge about everything, or never go on them
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 12:32, archived)
# never sardined then?
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 12:42, archived)
# you obviously never caught my train
good coffee?? newspaper? Can't read one when you're squashed against the window.
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 13:08, archived)
# hehe
I've often got to take the journey from Manc Picc. to Lon. Eus. And as I hate taking the car to London, it's such a pain in the arse when it's there and always picking up tickets so as I'm only ever in London from a few days to a couple of months at a time I simply refuse to drive and the train is great . ( better than flying because I have to get a lift to The airport in Manc, takes half hour, ten the flight, then getting a lift from Lon. to the city, it's a pain in the arse and takes longer than the train door to door. )
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 12:33, archived)
# I get that feeling from riding on the underground
and also taking the escalator. Perfectly normal behaviour (I hope)
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 12:34, archived)
# haha
Yup. Snap there.

Further childish excitement from taking off and landing in planes...

Edit: this will probably make you chuckle then: xkcd.com/c252.html
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 12:36, archived)
# haha
I saw that a few days back. They really ought to put it on a shirt for me
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 12:46, archived)
# haha
I just get feelings of murder having to travel the Piccadilly line from Hammersmith to Green Park and back every day during rush hour. It's like Tokyo. I'm so glad to be back in rural Cheshire now with my feet up, choice of vehicles and windy lanes ;).
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 12:38, archived)
# the question is
what are your feet up?
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 12:43, archived)
# cow mimsy, probably
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 12:50, archived)
# strange country ways
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 12:55, archived)
# in the air
dammit! ;)

Actually I'm on the recliner with beer in hand eagerly awaiting the start of the Grand Prix de Catalunya. ( you know I'm a petrol head )
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 12:58, archived)
# yeah
drinking petrol

another country pastime

hehe :D
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 12:59, archived)
# Come on, I don't have
a 4x4 ( although I'm tempted to buy a Mitsubishi Animal ) And I don't burn peasants to release their carbon.

( although the combined cubic capacity of all vehicles currently owned by this household is approximately 12.65 litres. Wow. I never thought about that before. That's shocking.
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 13:08, archived)
# actually
I personally think living in the country _is_ a good reason to own a 4x4

depending upon your locality it can get quite horrific to get anywhere in bad weather

plus of course you are more likely to be using ufo's than public transport :D
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 14:03, archived)
# I like trains as a concept.....
but most of the time, you end up paying through the nose for a pretty crappy service. Going north to south (or vice versa) is usually ok, but try going east-west.

(, Sun 13 May 2007, 12:38, archived)
# I'm sure it can be bad
but if I'm going anywhere other than London I'll drive. I simply use the train as I refuse to have a car in London any more. There simply is no need.
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 12:41, archived)
# nobody drives in london
there's too much traffic

(, Sun 13 May 2007, 14:04, archived)
# pendolinos are horrid
the voyagers are much nicer, bigger seats, wider aisles and more leg room. i have to get both between bristol and liverpool. realised the other day that the pendolinos operate to london because they can put extra carraiges in the middle, whereas the voyagers need to attach two trains to each other to get bigger.
you appear to be a first class traveller as well sir, can i have some of your money please
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 12:40, archived)
# I travel on both of course
as they operate both types on the mainline. There is little difference in the first class carriages, first class seats are just the same ( and not as near as huge and comfy as they once were. The main reason for wanting to be on a Pendolino is this. 2h 06m. That's 40 minutes off the travel time of a voyager.
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 12:56, archived)
# never seen a voyager between liverpool and birmingham
since they stopped running the liverpool-edinbrugh line. i went on one of the tilting trains (dunno which one) about 6 months before the official launch.
since i travel in standard class i'll take the extra space and ease of moving around over speed.
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 13:04, archived)
# The Pendolino
is the tilting train.
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 13:13, archived)
# they both tilt
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 13:42, archived)
# you one of those smug first-class bar-stewards then? ;-)
Well don't turn your nose up at me when I have to walk through your carriage ;-P Or I guess this is just the new virgin trains? It's all very well the new ones having all these bits and bobs, fat lot of good when you can't get a seat. My experience of Virgin trains is not the same as yours, but then I've only got one occasionally, usually on a weekend so probably not the best time.

I used to like the trains until I had to catch them every day. Stuck to some smelly knobber who's got his ipod on loud enough that people two carriages away can hear his shit taste in music. Late, full, slow, expensive. And I guess I used to get a train to go somewhere I wanted to go, once I had to start paying over the odds just to get to work they became less fun...

As for Great Western, give me the old Intercity over the new trains any day. Far, far, more seats, more space, more room for my bike(!)... on those trains I can read a paper, have a coffee etc in peace. The replacement trains they've got I can rarely get a seat, or being an antisocial sod, never get a seat not surrounded by idiots!
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 12:59, archived)
# Here's the trick
if you know you are traveling, book in advance and book on the internet at www.qjump.co.uk. Not only will you save a lot of money you will get your seat reserved. Plus at weekends you can pick up first class seats cheaper than the standard fare ( little know secret that they flog off 1st class at weekends )
As for ipods I agree but sadly you can no longer do much about it as every arsehole has one. at least there is now a radio at every seat you can plug your headphones in and get 14 stations so you can ignore the ipod ignorant dickheads.
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 13:24, archived)
# Trains and train stations are romantic
I'm not talking about the daily commute/sardine hell but longish journeys.

It's all so civilised and dignified and beats flying anyday.
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 13:04, archived)
# I hate trains.
Yesterday there was someone smoking in the carriage I was in.

Couldn't move to the next carriage because it was full of bell-ends playing their shit mobile music full blast.

Fucking inconsiderate wankers, the lot of 'em.
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 12:52, archived)
# woo!
(but crop off a bit of the white border, then make the width 280 pixels)
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 12:18, archived)
# Hahahaha
I see you haven't got routed:P
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 12:21, archived)
# Very nicely done
welcome etc. etc.
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 12:27, archived)
# Bradford on Avon
to Bath Spa? You could walk that in 10 minutes :P*

*may contain lies...unless you are Superman
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 12:27, archived)
# or The Flash, or Quicksilver, or...
etc :)
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 12:49, archived)
# Lots of hills if you go direct
I live in Bradford on Avon, and it's boring...
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 15:08, archived)
# this is brilliant
woo and yay
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 12:31, archived)
# hahaha
good effort too :-)

*is ambivalent towards the train*
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 12:33, archived)
But it is also FP worthy :D Wooyay!
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 12:34, archived)
# where i work , shudder
"£3.60M" means "(about) £3,600,000.00".
so woo on looking six months ahead.

and woo generally of course.
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 12:36, archived)
# oh most excellent
top lurkage.

welcome to b3ta.
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 12:41, archived)
# My gran used to be mayor of Bradford on Avon =D
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 12:59, archived)
# That is a top shop
with top hummus.
All this for the low, low price of a n00b.
Woo und yay!
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 12:59, archived)
# Nice idea
Most woo! How high does the 'smell' counter go?
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 13:09, archived)
# It all depends
if you get on the same train as me early on a Saturday morning after the Friday night before. No naked flames. I've known people attempt to detach their carriages from me if I'm in the loo ;)
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 13:27, archived)
# GOOD GRIEF - I have a lot of bad memories of that journey
I lived in Bath, not far from the station and commuted to BoA. Well, for three weeks, anyway, before I was struck down with a horribly nasty reaction to medication I was taking, hospitalised and fired for being ill. It took me six months to recover. Oh, happy times...
(, Sun 13 May 2007, 14:00, archived)
# That's ace
Tip: If you are going to make pics that good then you should make them 280 pixels wide so that they can fit on the front page.
(, Mon 14 May 2007, 13:18, archived)