Trains with Wifi

This blog is not going to read like a diary of events from day one of founding Fuelmyblog, that would make a great book!

I want to write about other experiences and findings that I feel either help the community or all of us in day to day life. My post today was going to be all about the first coder I found for Fuelmyblog. I’ll put that off until next time.

Right now I am sitting on a train at 10pm UK time traveling down from Wakefield back into London. Wakefield is in the North of England, you can see on the map below, the journey back to Hertfordshire (near London).   It takes around 2 and a half hours, and it is now 10pm.

map of Uk

What is so incredible for me is that now, I find myself working at 10pm (in fact I find myself working at 3am lots too!). In previous “real jobs” when I finished work at 5.30pm, I would now be collapsed in front of the TV, trying to put to bed the fears and disruptions the next day would bring.

Not now, I am traveling on a National Express train and have to say, it is really great. I feel compelled to write about them and their service. The coaches are clean, comfortable and “silent”, people are asked to turn mobile/cell phones to silent and respect others when they answer the phone. It is pleasant and the only sounds are the gentle tapping of laptop keys.  Right now, I have a vicar sitting beside me reading what looks like a bible, and another guy sleeping in front of me. The overall ambience is of total relaxation and strangely calming.

From time to time, a buffet cart passes by with the server quietly and respectfully asking if you would like anything. I missed my first train this morning due to a total lack of parking, instead of paying over £100 for a new ticket, the guy on the service desk managed to play with things and found me a way of only charging me £30.  Expensive but in fairness a good saving and something they didn’t have to do.  When you are miles away from home (right now, over a thousand) it is nice to feel relaxed and in control, National Express Trains seem to have created this.

Oh and the Wifi is free of charge..Yes, I am writing this using good solid Wifi at over 100 miles per hour, my ears are popping from time to time but the web is constant! I would totally recommend anyone visiting the UK to take these trains, you will not find a more pleasant mode of transport in the UK, by booking online you can make huge savings, I paid £30 return today, this can be found for as little as £18 return, which from London to Scotland could be a great deal.  If you book your train tickets on the day of travel this could cost over £200 each way..be very careful!  The site can be found here

Technology has enabled us to connect with one and other in ways it would never have been possible just ten years ago. I am glad that services such as trains are embracing technology and helping us stay connected, without the wifi, I couldn’t have said goodnight to the kids via webcam on Skype, had a chat with a friend in LA on twitter and emailed a guy in Australia.

This is not a sponsored post!  I just write about great service and things that I feel everyone should know about, if a service is bad, should I write about it or forget about it and never use them again? So please help me here, should I write about the odd product or service that is bad? Do you/Would you?

Next up..Kanhai, the coder from India..

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6 thoughts on “Trains with Wifi”

  1. UK and Europe has amazing rail service compared to the States. On your side of the Atlantic we see posts such as yours while on our own side everyone only complains. I need to get myself to England.

  2. I should have mentioned one other thing Ryan, where I live, France, the trains break speed records and they are an amazingly quick form of transport!

  3. Oh Kevin how I do wish that our American government would truly commit it’s self to aiding states that are trying to put in rail systems. It would do so very, very much good for the environment and also it’s a great alternative to us not so happy frequent flyers. But, this is merely a dream among thousands that I share with many Americans. But, alas, it is no secret the total mess that America is currently in thanks to our oh so stupid elected officials.

    But one can always hope,
    ~jackie

  4. The USA needs another fundamental change in transportation funding. One such as in 1956 (Interstate Highways) and in 1991 (ISTEA). There is some movement going on about completely revamping the system, we’ll see. Hopefully my job doesn’t get lost in the scramble.

    The problem is funding. American’s don’t realize how much it really costs to travel and generally aren’t willing to pay any more because, after all, its a “tax” and no taxes are ever good..apparently.

  5. I have to say, whilst my post writes about the good things, when I worked in London, I had to commute to London every day. In the summer it was over 40C, standing room only and not pleasant. At a cost of £3500 per year was a very expensive way of getting to work, however, the roads in the UK are so gridlocked, we had no choice.

    How do you guys feel about your local road networks? In France, outside city centres, the roads are amazingly free of traffic, you pay to use the faster roads but do not have road tax (they do in the UK).

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