"Why not come earlier and we can join you for lunch at The Lifeboat?"
"Rubbish" quoth fbb to himself, with a certain teeth hissing vehemence.
Beginning with the ever useful GoTimetable App for Seaton, he began to explore, NOT journey planners but TIMETABLES.
The 0933 from Salisbury connects generously with the 1030 Quay Connect bus at Southampton Central ...
fbb doubts whether his final passing will be so positive and so well attended! Cheerio Lawrence, we'll see you soon!
The last words of the reading, Psalm 27, summed it up beautifully.
At a more mundane human level, the fbbs completed their non-existent journey with consummate ease.
The return journey was equally straightforward, despite the failure of several bits of modern engineering.
And Romsey was unstaffed and rampless at that time!
After much effort, debate and delay, said gent agreed to travel on to Salisbury and return to Romsey from there.
Thus it was that the GWR train arrived a few minutes after the fbb's connection to Axminster was scheduled to depart. And they don't wait, you know, because of the effect of a delay on the lengthy single track sections way out west.
But it hadn't. It sat forlornly in the platform with a small bevvy of hi-vis jacketed blokes peering at it, equally forlornly.
Normally, at Salisbury, the front three coaches proceed to Axminster and Exeter, leaving the rear three to chunter off to their little shed ...
And the lads couldn't get the front train out of the way until the GWR unit had set off for Bristol and Cardiff.
Thus the fbbs could stagger wearily through the subway ...
Ack in Baxminster just ten minutes late. No sweat (literally!).
Any offers as to what is/was wrong with the National Rail confuser system? Here's Traveline's alternative schedule - also avoiding the 0933 from Salisbury ...
Someone's algorithms are less than effective. But you can buy the ointment.