I usually wait until I can confirm something before writing about it, rather than anticipating it – just in case it doesn’t happen. I should have realised I was tempting fate by concluding my last post by saying my final commitment of the day was catching the last Hull Trains service to Hull.
I arrived at King’s Cross to find the announcement that the 20:30 service was cancelled. Instead, the instruction was to catch the East Coast 20:35 departure and change at Doncaster: Hull Trains would provide transport from there. This has happened before: Hull Trains normally have a train waiting at Doncaster.
Anyway, as instructed, I caught the 20:35 East Coast service. It left King’s Cross on time. It pulled into Peterborough on time. I noticed we did not leave on time. We were stood in the station for some time before a guard announced: ‘We are sorry for the delay. The British Transport Police are dealing with an incident on the train.’ I have no idea what the incident was. I was not best pleased when I heard someone else in the carriage using a mobile say: ‘We’re delayed. The police are dealing with an incident on the train. It’s not in this carriage. No, no idea. But there was a group get on the service from Hull Trains.’ Hmmm.
Eventually, we set off – the delay, fortunately, was a matter of minutes rather than a anything too dramatic. We reached Doncaster. There was no Hull Trains. Instead, they laid on coaches. I am not a great fan of coaches, primarily because I cannot get on with work. It was a lost hour. The journey was uneventful, but looking at a dark M62 is not especially rewarding. We got to Hull just after midnight.
At least I got from London to Hull and, to be fair, I got back only an hour later than the scheduled time. Even so, it was not the usual smooth journey by Hull Trains – and the end of my previous post requires qualification. I knew I should not have tempted fate…