Every year I go down to London in January for the SWPP Convention, the biggest gathering of photographers in Europe. I travel by train and love that Hull Trains now has a direct service from Beverley to Kings Cross.
When I travelled down I was a bit miffed to realise my ticket meant a change in Hull. Not tooooo much of an issue but given the amount of kit I travelled with every change was a potential struggle and if no trollies were available........
The problems came on the return leg. Arrived at Kings Cross in good time and set up stall in view of the board. No trollies available but staggered there in expectation. After a while the dreaded TRAIN CANCELLED message came across my booked service. Lug the bags to the ticket office and reassured that my ticket will be valid on a later service and connections...........
Connections were my undoing. Get into Doncaster and have to get me and the gear from Platform 8 to Platform 0. Even the guard admitted it was a stretch given the time. The reality through dodgy signage and time pressure was bad. No trolleys, all staff diverted directing people elsewhere....My back was fucked. Get on train to Hull and have to change again there and by time I got home I was in a world of pain.
Been wrecked now for a couple of days and a huge distraction at a busy time of year.
If I'd got the service I bought would have been fine. Get on train at Beverley and get off in London with trolleys, then reverse.
People ask me where I drive everywhere on my jobs. This is the answer. I used the train and so far have been horizontal for three days with an injured back through them not supplying the service I booked.