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So, off to visit the family over Christmas again. Over the last few months I seem to have been on the trains quite a lot - almost like student days again - and it's been interesting to compare them. I think that GNER probably win overall. The free tea and coffee in first class are served in china cups, all the trains I traveled on had a perfectly adequate WiFi service and the food in the restaurant car is barely overpriced given its high quality (about the standard of your average London restaurant). Southern, those other brave pioneers of on-train WiFi have managed to provide only a near-useless service, sadly, although it is currently free. And First Great Western, my conveyors as I write this? They are the true heirs of British Rail, in my humble opinion - creaking seventies trains belching black smoke, incomprehensible Tannoy announcements, unpleasant instant coffee and dry sandwiches, and free stand-up comedy in the "quiet" carriage whenever someone's phone goes off. Oh, and no WiFi at all...

A Merry Christmas to you all. :-)

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