Facing forwards or backwards?
like if there's a nice bit of coast to be seen i'm not looking at some shit fields. fuck that.
people that do need to get a bit of a grip
Prefer to be next to the window if possible, though (unless I'm travelling at night, in which case it doesn't matter, obvs.).
I feel a bit sick if I know I'm travelling backwards.
"There seems to be little or no argument that backward facing seat is safest for one reason:
Front facing passengers are more likely to fly out of their seat upon head-on impact, since trains don’t have seat belts. This idea is supported by a train crash survivor who witnessed front-facing people flying out of their seats which resulted in severe and fatal injuries."
it's probably not worth worrying about.
Pretty sure train's the safest form of transport, along with planes.
and get crushed by some flying commuter? no thanks.
"Statistically speaking train riding is 24 times safer than driving a car."
i call absolute bullshit on that stat. surely more like 2400 times
always feels like such a win when I get a forward-facing window seat at a table.
as they don't offer the same legroom.
a) someone spreading a banquet of a lunch across the whole thing, or
b) a bellend with a massive laptop , magazine, newspaper combo watching downloaded episodes of US TV series laughing along loudly.
Can't be arsed with fighting a stranger for legroom, and having their face directly opposite yours.
no way at all
I love having that single seat at the back of an East Coast train, 63A or something? It's amazing. Normally find it in the Quiet Coach.
Just ask people to stop talking on their mobiles or to turn their music down if they're annoying you.
the chances of it staying quiet are practically nil
i'd rather the general hubbub than the quiet zone with the one or two berks who've failed to notice that they're the only ones yelling into their phones
Usually full of smug middle class types going ssssh! if you do so much as clear your throat.
More to the point, if I'm travelling around the evening and the weather isn't bad, I try to make sure I'm looking west for a sunset.
NOT AT A TABLE??????
Forwards, window, table.
Then from the start of your journey begins the process of you and the other people at your table trying to spread out so that you each have a table per 2 people and thus optimum legroom and table space.
I'm 6'3 but the legroom on able seats has never bothered me.
Two seats together, sit in the window seat but open a beer immediately. Headphones in/on. I can look scary enough for 5 mins as the train fills to make sure that the seat next to me is last to get filled. Almost always get two seats to myself to stretch out.
I miss long train journeys.
that little single-seat usually right next to the train doors