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If so, is it okay or am I better off just paying eight quid more for a 'proper' train the next day?
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i think my sister lent one of them to mrs ccb. from the cover it looked like chick-lit.
...at the literary arena of the Latitude Festival this weekend. I might drop by just out of curiosity/teenage horn.
it's not chick lit in that the stories are about more interesting things than just relationships, but it's quite a nice easy read. The one I read was about a girl whose brother was obsessed with space shuttles and then disappeared and she had to go on a hunt to find him and ends up finding weird stuff out about her family history. I enjoyed it!
but SNCF sleeper trains are brilliant
that's all I have to say on the subject
Nowt wrong with it. Handy if the times work for you. Fine in a cabin. Acceptable, and infinitely better than a coach, even if you just have a seat (which would effectively be a 'proper' train journey, just through the night, no?).
...it was ok until it dropped me in Aberdeen at 6am, almost half a day before I could check into my B&B and hours before I could even find a shop open to grab a packet of crisps. Factor that into your plan.
Otherwise, overnighting on a train is quite exciting and makes me feel like I'm in a Hitchcock flick.
not the best nights sleep (only because i'm a light sleeper) but the cabin was fine. as above, it depends on the times - if they work for you and it's cheaper then i'd say definately go for it. i was going up for a short break, and the hotel let me in check in, early so it gave me another half day up there.
and she emeghed from the experience covered in bites from fleas or some kind of other bug. They got infected and she was off work in hospital with it for ages. it put me off it somewhat, and I opted to stick with the redeye shuttle instead. (although plenty of people I know swear by the caledonia sleeper).
i've used the sleepers in france before- they are AWESOME.
and it's great. Highly recommend it.
Would've been fine were it not for some utter cunts in the carriage blaring happy hardcore from their phones through the night.
The Caledonian Sleeper is pretty good, and they sell booze dirt cheap. Last time I did it cans of Stella were £1 each.
It's about £2.30 a can, not bad though. And you can sit in the bar and sip whisky most of the night.
Sleeper cabins are worth it overnight providing you don't share with people who insist on keeping the window closed.
But I have caught the last Euston - Birmingham at 2330 once, which went via Stafford, and didn't arrive in Birmingham til after 2am. Not overly comfortable, but managed to wedge myself into a reasonable position and got a few short bursts of sleep.
Not sure I could see myself getting an awful lot of sleep on a proper sleeper train either though. I imagine it goes slightly more leisurely than belting along at 125 mph, but everytime it clattered across junctions or round a tightish bend would just wake me up. Personally, would much rather do the journey by day and enjoy the view (probably much cheaper, too).
it gets to Coventry at 1.15am so I'm not surprised it takes that long to get to Birmingham. Think it goes all the way to Wolves actually.
Never taken the Caledonian Sleeper but it looks like fun. Especially like the idea of sipping whiskey at the bar into the night. I've taken quite a few sleeper trains in Europe and Asia and they're always fun, really makes travelling feel like a massive adventure. And it's really easy to sleep, the rhythmic motion of the train just lets you drift off once you're lying flat.
Then down through Wolves to Birmingham.
I must say I've been tempted to do the sleeper a few times. But it seems a bit pricey. Suppose there's the option of the seated one, but that would be a horribly uncomfortable night I reckon.
I'd also like to get an all-line rover and just spend a week or two exploring all over the place on the train. It probably works out cheaper to have two weeks in the sun somewhere nice though...
pretty cheap, and once you've got your pass you can just rock up at the station wherever you are and go ANYWHERE YOU WANT. Which is an amazing feeling. Plus if you go Eastern Europe the cost of food and drink and stuff is cataclysmically cheap.