Books by Glenda Young

Monday, October 23, 2006

On the Train

I’d love to play the glam woman with a dark past, running down the train platform in heels with a little dog under one arm and a round tiny suitcase in the other, just like in an old black and white film. As I step up to enter the train, I’d fling the dog in, hold the tiny round suitcase to my heaving chest and glance up under my black hat, the one with the feathers on, searching the platform with my mascara-heavy eyes to ensure I’ve not been followed. I’d take my seat in the carriage, sit the dog – let’s call him Rocco - at my feet as the train chuffed out of the station, smoke billowing, guards yelling. As the train slowly pulls away from the station, a Wolseley police car screams to a halt at the station entrance and five cops run down the platform peering into the windows of each train, each carriage, searching for the woman who’s already hidden behind her newspaper, on her way to another town, on another secret mission.
If only GNER could oblige me in my fantasy then I really wouldn’t mind paying the price of a month’s mortgage on a train ticket north. The reality of the three hours there and three hours back GNER trip I make every couple of months is expensive, noisy and they sell awful sarnies. I book my ticket weeks in advance to get a seat in the quiet coach to read, to think, only to end up with headphones on and music cranked up to blank out the noise when the shoosh-bang-shoosh starts from Ipods-a-go-go in the seat ahead and “I’m on the train” on the mobile phone from the one behind. If I feel another secret mission coming on sometime soon, me and Rocco might just have to take the bus.

3 comments:

Old Cheeser said...

Love your description of the glam lady catching the train, very film noir / Joan Crawford. Though somehow I can't see Joanie travelling by GNER. Mind you if Kate O'Mara could do it on a North Sea ferry...

Is there such a thing as a "quiet coach" these days? From your description I think that one's a bit of a misnomer...

Broken Biscuits said...

What a fantastic blog!

I've written a little bit about Christopher Biggins in my own blog, yet I've never actually met him, although feel he ought to be on teevision much more :)

KAZ said...

Whew - thank God you and Rocco escaped.
Don't get me going on the price of intercity rail, it makes me feel so provincial.
I so agree about the wonderful History Boys film. Why on earth were the reviews so miserable?

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