The other bonus of these shiny new trains is that there were windows between passenger section and the driver's cab and, by kneeling on the rear facing front bench seat, one could get a driver's view of the whole journey. Of course, the electrics changed the face of travel to Northampton, making it into a commuter town.
... however the Class 317 units were then superseded by the new build of Class 321/4 within about 2 years.
Incidentally, when GoAhead won the franchise, the then Chief Executive Keith Ludeman ...
Went the day well?
0630 Axminster (SouthWest Trains)
fbb decided to shell out £4.70 on a Zone 1 Boris "rip-off to make you devour an oyster" price, so had to shovel specie into an unreceptive machine. Why do they always reject some of the coins, but accept them at second attempt?
0928 Waterloo (Northern Line)
With much wheezing and glowing with rude health (i.e. sweating profusely) fbb made it in good time for the 0949 fast to Northampton. Only there wasn't one. And there wasn't an explanation, either. So ...
0954 Euston (London Midland)
Investigate new bus station etc. Partake of a sumptuous gourmet meal in an attractive and intimate ambiance. Not exactly; a Whoppa "meal" (interesting interpretation of the word "meal") c/o Burger King.
1325 Northampton (London Midland)
1341 Milton Keynes
Investigate electric bus etc. Partake of a pot of tea and a lemon tart c/o CostaLot.
1548 Milton Keynes (Virgin)
1620 Euston (6 mins EARLY!)
1630 Euston (Bus 59)
1720 Waterloo (SouthWest Trains)
A bloggy good day, as we shall see!