October 31st – Some seasonal traditions are always more welcome than others.
One I hate to see but recurs every autumn is the half term failure of the rail system in Birngham and the Black Country.
No matter who seems to ‘run’ the local franchise – after all, we’ve had three operators now Central Trains, London Midland and West Midlands Railway – a combination of staff shortages and mechanical failures always makes for a miserable week on local rail with delayed trains and cancelled services. This week has been no exception and rail travel has been awful.
This evening I was coming from a meeting in Birmingham and needed to be in Shenstone before six. I was so suspicious of the services leaving New Street that I caught the earlier train that terminates at Four Oaks, resolving to catch the onward train if it was still on time behind.
This gave me a few minutes to appreciate the really lovely late night feelings vibe of this surprisingly large suburban station.
I love this places at night.