Listen to the original (here)
So here's the full schedule:-
Live update 0642 : It's looking like it'll be a fun day!
0720 Home : Motor car, lift from chum Alan
0735 Ryde Pier Head
0747 Ryde Pier Head : Wightlink FastCat
0805 Portsmouth Harbour
Live Update 0826 : Fast Cat duly caught ...
0815 Portsmouth Harbour : Southwest Trains
Live Update 0845 : doesn't look too good via the East Coast main line either!
Live Update 0902 :
Live Update 0925 : We have a cunning plan; whizz across to Kings Cross by Underground and hope for the best there. Not much of a cunning plan, but the best option. Probably no more updates until we're on a train to Somewhere(?)
Live Update 0940 (unexpected!) : confirms we won't be going via the West Coast route!
1005 Waterloo : London Buses
Real Time Update 1045 : Whizz to Kings Cross Successful : displays on arrival at 1020 showed next East Coast train to Edinburgh at 1100 but fbb's encyclopaedic knowledge is permanently suspicious of electronic stuff.
So now settled on 1030 to Edinburgh! Already served with coffee, sarnie, crisps, flapjack and diet coke. Hope Ms Greening (Minister of Transport this week and owner of GNER) will remember to invoice Mr Branson (owner of Virgin).
Cows on the line have been ushered off the line, we hear. So we might make it to Largs before Peter goes home. (see below)
We'll need to change at Edinburgh Waverley.
Real Time Update 1115 : Message (txt) from Ken, owner of flat. We are to collect the key from his cleaner on Gogo Street as Pete is going home early. fbb is beginning to appreciate new technology after all.
Real Time Update 1215 : 6 mins late at Newark Northgate : 6 late departing from Doncaster
Real Time Update 1315 : 4 mins late at York, 3 mins late at Northallerton and Darlington - catching up! Third serving of tea (hot) consumed.
Real Time Update 1350 : 4 mins late Durham, was ready to depart Newcastle on time at 1344 but ominously didn't. 6 mins late departure at 1350.
1130 Euston : Virgin Trains
1601 Glasgow Central
REVISED CUNNING PLAN
1515 arrival Edinburgh Waverley
1619 arrive Glasgow Queen Street
trudge to Glasgow Central
"the walk will do us good." Mrs fbb
1820 arrive Largs
1825 collect key
Real Time Update 1535 : On Scotrail to Glasgow Queen Street via Falkirk High as per revised cunning plan. Free drink and min-nibble offered.
Real Time Update 1600 : Forgot to report. 5 early outside Edinburgh, 3 late at platform. Arrived at platform 8 which is being refurbished for Summer 2012. Still a mess at the moment.
1618 Glasgow Central : First Scotrail
Real Time Update 1720 : On train to Largs - a shiny newish 380 class EMU.
As NMcB reports in a comment below, our booked train from Euston did run! Although we don't know whether Mr Branson's minions knew at 1140 how far it would go. It ran about 15 mins late which probably meant that the fbbs would have missed the 1618. Either way there was time at Glasgow Central for Mrs fbb to visit "M&S Simply Food" and obtain comestibles to carry through to breakfast tomorrow. The day's bonus is that First Class on "East Coast" is a far nicer ride than peering through tiny windows on a Pendolino.
1730 Collect key from Pete at the hardware shop
walk to flat (5 mins)
All we have to do is collect the key an hour later than originally planned from Mrs McGillicuddy on Gogo Street and collapse gibbering in an armchair upon arrival at the flat. A few thoughts on Dongle and Wifi tomorrow when fbb has had them!