My 175-mile-long office

I went up to Leeds on Thursday for personal reasons.  Just for the day.  And the journey there and back was an utter pleasure.

A couple of weeks prior, with my daughter, I’d opted for the new Grand Central service direct to Halifax.  This time, I needed to be in Leeds, so I chose the National Express service.  I had to do the school run, which in the event was handy, as it meant the first train I could realistically catch was the 0935 from King’s Cross, departing six minutes into the off-peak window.

Equipped with my Caffè Nero latte, I sought a standard-class seat: rear-facing on a table by the window, opting for the west side of the train to avoid sun hitting my laptop screen.  I plugged in, connected to the free, on-board wireless and away I went.

It was like working in an office, but with a spectacular and ever-changing view.  I was able to focus on documentation, email and calls and got a huge amount done.  It’s almost worth the £83.70 fare purely as an office rental fee for the five hours the return trip takes.

Wireless on the journey south was a little more sporadic, but all in all, I can’t complain too much.  Thoroughly recommended.


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