Posted in Railways on Saturday 27th December 2003 at 10:47pm
Decided to take advantage of some Great Western diversions to get some unusual track today. Chose the first day of service after the holidays, and also one on which there was network-wide engineering work happening. Hence, I had a lot of company all day!
Set out for Westbury to pick up a Paddington to Penzance service which travelled via Yeovil to Exeter, using the curve between Yeovil Pen Mill and Yeovil Junction. Two long cold waits and an entire leg of the journey standing in a vestibule later I turned around and did the same again. At least I got a seat on the return journey.
Extended wait at Westbury for a Bristol bound service heading back. I have to say that Westbury is probably one of my least favourite stations to get stranded at. Oddly, I've found myself there three times in the last couple of months!
Overall, I spent nine hours making a journey which I could complete in around two by the more direct route. It's fair to say that common sense was not a factor in the decision to do this. You'd need to be a track basher to understand I suppose.
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