NEW timetable, new menus, new tableware… yes, the upgrade of the West Coast Mainline has been completed and I am, as I write, aboard the 0940 to Euston.
I heard a report this morning about problems in north London which are affecting north-south services, and undoubtedly the media will want to focus on any problems experienced by passengers today, rather than on on Network Rail’s tremendous achievement. Mind you, I might not be quite so philosophical if my own train is significantly delayed, but so far, so good.
There are fresh, redesigned menus on the table, new cups and glasses – even the reservation system seems to have changed (coach G, previously entirely unreserved, only had one table with no reservations when I boarded, but I’ll get the hang of it after the winter Christmas break).
Even the coffee tastes nicer.
UPDATE at 1030: I take back what I said about the coffee – subsequent cup not at all up to scratch (if you can see light through it as it’s being poured, then it’s not strong enough, and I will tell them this next time they come round).
But the most exciting innovation to the service so far this morning: tomato and parsley with my roll and sausage! I really am living the dream…
UPDATE at 1515: Out of fairness I should point out that (a) the next cup of coffee was much better; and (b) the train arrived at Euston five minutes ahead of schedule.