Posted in Railways on Saturday 22nd November 2003 at 9:02pm
Very early start. Out of Weston on the 0640. Pretty sleepy - even managed to doze part of the way to Paddington. The westbound Circle Line was in a mess due to signal failures at Tower Hill, so crept around to Victoria via Earls Court. Onto a slam-door unit (I never know how to figure out what kind, shamefully enough) for Hastings. Long slow journey due to line closure between Haywards Heath and Brighton which seemed to be causing some congestion around Three Bridges.
Once onto the coast, things ran a little smoother, but the weather was deteriorating. On arriving in Hastings at midday, it had barely managed to get light. What of hastings? Not unlike Weston in some ways - a little run down, a busy centre, the oft-repeated seaside town fault of making the main esplanade a primary route. Wandered a little, shopped for the new Belle & Sebastian single, tried in vain to find food - but found beer instead.
Headed back to the station, which was in a pretty awful mess, being half way through a reconstruction. Finally found my way to the platform for the 1333 to Charing Cross - a 375 unit. Very speedy run through ever darkening Kent countryside.
Hopped off at a drenched London Bridge. Explored Southwark Cathedral a little, and wandered around Borough Market. No sign of rain stopping, so headed over London Bridge and into the City. Got thoroughly soaked wandering to St. Stephen Walbrook, along London Wall to All Saints, and finally to Smithfield and a well-earned coffee in Cowcross Street. Circle still in chaos, so onto the Hammersmith & City at Farringdon, and hence to Paddington and home.
Long, wet and tiring day. Wandered around Weston a little, later on. Need to resist the urge to disappear again tomorrow...
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