Sunday, 17 January 2010

Welsh Railways & Giraldus Cambrensis

One of our colleagues in seminary - now a priest in the far flung islands - had a saying that certain people had "minds like Welsh railways - one track and dirty!"

Apparently though, Welsh railways have in fact much improved. A recent-ish issue of RAIL had an article on a new locomotive-hauled service from North Wales to Cardiff sponsored by the Welsh Assembly Government. This Holyhead to Cardiff and vice versa service, hauled by 57/3s, offers a smart new way for businessmen and commuters to travel down for business or indeed shopping. A first-class ticket (£193 return, although bought in advance it could be as little as £152)* brings with it a full breakfast on the way down, leaving Holyhead at 0532, and a three course evening meal on return, leaving Cardiff at 1617. More details and menus on the Arriva Trains Wales website.

The website advertises it simply as the North South Premier Service but the Rail article additionally mentions that the service has a name - Yr Geralt Gymro/Gerald of Wales - named after a 12th Century Archdeacon of Brecon and Bishop-Elect of St Davids, although that election was later annulled. Even 12th c. priests get involved in trains!

* Second class from just £71 return

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