Thu 25 June 2009

Day 7

Arrived in Crewe at 05:20 (see Day 6 for train details)

06:24 Crewe - Chester
Operated by Virgin Trains
No seat reservation
Shortly after boarding I was offered drinks and food, taking orange juice only
This service was operated by 221117
This service arrived in Chester at 06:44

07:08 Chester - Cardiff Central
Operated by Arriva Trains Wales
Reservation Coach I Seat 06F
The tables were laid out with all silver service in place and menus
Shortly after boarding I was offered breakfast at any time, I requested if I could have this at 08:00
A pot of tea was offered
The breakfast was served on a small rectangular plate, which makes the portion appear large, shortly after departure from Shrewsbury
There was a choice of orange or apple juice, I had the apple juice
I declined the cereal
The breakfast consisted of bacon, baked beans, black pudding, egg (cooked to your specification), mushrooms, sausage, and tomato, with a choice of white or brown toast
The pot of tea was refilled
The locomotive was 57316
This service arrived in Cardiff Central at 09:58

This plan has been changed, rather than take the train to London Paddington and walk to London Euston, it was found to be possible to travel as follows

10:25 Cardiff Central - Reading
Operated by First Great Western
Reservation Coach H Seat 22F
The locomotives were 43194 + 43122
This service arrives in Reading at 12:00

12:10 Reading - Birmingham New Street
Operated by Cross Country
No seat reservation
Seat used was Coach A Seat 32
After half an hour the at-seat service was offered, from menu 1, where I selected apple juice and Pepperoni Pizza
This service was operated by 220011
This service arrived in Birmingham New Street at 13:47, 2 minutes early

13:50 Birmingham New Street - London Euston
Operated by Virgin Trains
No seat reservation
Seat used was Coach G Seat 15
Shortly after departure a service of drinks was offered
Menu P1 is in effect so I selected the Roast Ham sandwich
This service was operated by 390036
This service arrived in London Euston at 15:17, 3 minutes late

16:30 London Euston - Glasgow Central
Operated by Virgin Trains
Reservation Coach G Seat 01
Menu P1 is in effect so I selected the Vegetable Stir Fry with cheese and biscuits
At the second round shortly after leaving Preston at 18:40, 10 minutes late, I selected the ham sandwich and an apple
This service was operated by 390051
This service arrived in Glasgow Central at 20:45, 5 minutes late

20:48 Glasgow Central - Edinburgh Waverley
Operated by Arriva Cross Country
No seat reservation
This service was operated by 221120
This service arrives in Edinburgh Waverley at 22:02

23:40 Edinburgh Waverley - London Euston (sleeper)
Operated by First ScotRail
Supplement £43.00
Reservation Coach B Berth 09
On boarding I ordered the hot breakfast with tea, to be served at 06:00
In the Lounge Car I ordered the Broth Soup and a Glenfiddich, I was also offered water and / or ice if required
The locomotive was 67007, replaced by 90021 between Carstairs and London Euston
This service arrived in London Euston at 06:15, 22 minutes early