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Aargh it's 30 degrees and the Eastcoast train aircon is broken! - trefor.net

Aargh it’s 30 degrees and the Eastcoast train aircon is broken!

the temperature in London today hit 30 (feels like 32 according to my phone) and the train aircon is broke!It’s the hottest day of the year so far. People are frying eggs on car bonnets and the homeless have left London for cooler climes – it’s too hot underneath the arches for a comfortable kip.

The suits are sweating buckets and wishing it was acceptable to turn up for work in shorts. The ladies are looking lovely in the summer sun.

Most people are complaining about the heat. Those that aren’t are taking the mickey out of friends  just packing for their annual holiday in Marbella or Benidorm  or Lanzarote or Torremolinos – you know  – places less warm than London.

School’s out. Urchins run wild in the radiatingly hot city streets, shrieking under plumes of water escaping from broken fire hydrants. Their parents, sapped of care, languish in the little shade afforded by the concrete tenements they call home. There is no breeze. There is no letup from the infernal heat.

In fact neither is there any air conditioning on this train – the 18.30 Eastcoast from Kings Cross to Edinburgh stopping briefly to let me off at Newark to get my connection to Lincoln. I’m on my second can of diet Coke and second bottle of sparkling water with ice!

This must be what it is like on the Chennai to Bangalore Express (dep 13.00 arr 14.45 daily). At least those in steerage can catch a little breeze sat on top of the carriage

Ah well.

Yes please love – another bottle of mineral water with plenty of ice. Thanks…

PS I realise there are no fire hydrants in London. These are images more typical of New York in summer. Also the choice of Indian train service was purely random. However they both made the cut for artistic effect. Final answer.

Published by Trefor Davies

Liver of life, father of four, CTO of trefor.net, writer, poet, philosopherontap.com

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4 Comments

  1. Yep i was there too – the 17:30 (which was also late leaving) had no seat reservations and no air con in a few carriages. On plus side i appear to have lost some weight!

    BE.

  2. I have been using the EC line from NNG to KGX for the last 8 weeks and during the hot weather the air con is at best very poor. Most of the time 20% of the standard carriages have broken air con – it is like being in a 130mph greenhouse.

    BE.

  3. im on the london to edinburgh EC service now and you guessed it – no air con! clearly there is nothing being done about the problem. uk train service is shamefull compared to euro trains, if it isnt the air con its the toilets not working, delays and extortionate prices. sort it out!

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