The Javelin at St. Pancras Station - photo by Colin Churcher
The high speed line from
I arrived at the platform early and the staff allowed me to go on to take a look well before my train arrived. They expressly allowed me to take pictures as they are obviously very proud of their new equipment. The trains have no frills, just one class of travel and there is no food or beverage service – although a cappuccino car might make a lot of sense similar to the West Coast Express. The reason for this is that the market is commuters who are only on the train for a very short period of time.
I watched my train come
in. The 12 cars (two sets) were quite full
service that has only been running for a couple of months.
I saw some pin-striped suits but the
commuters were of all types and a couple had helmets and wheeled off
bicycles for the last lap of their journey to the office.
Interior of the
Javelin - Photo by Colin Churcher
My train to Ashford was
practically empty and we left on
time but only four minutes behind a train to Ebbsfleet.
We passed through the station at
My general impression is that this is a wonderful improvement for the long-suffering commuter. Those using Javelins pay a premium for the high speed but it is evidently a winner. Travellers on other lines will also benefit because additional paths will be freed up and additional trains are already in service.Just imagine, commuting to and from work at 140 mph!
pictures of the Javelin click above
Ottawa Valley Associated Railroaders, The Interchange December 2009.