September 25, 2008

Faster, but Will It Really Be Any Better?

Journey time, Edinburgh-London: Current fastest, Waverley-King's Cross, 4 hr 20 min. Platinum Trains, 4 hr 3 min.

Maximum speed: 125mph

Train: Adelante class 180 diesel.

On-the-day return fare: Platinum Trains GBP 65-75.

Luggage restrictions: National Express carries three bags, weighing up to 50kg, free. Other items may be carried in guard's van at extra cost. Platinum Trains: Not specified.

Facilities: National Express has a restaurant car, buffet and free wi-fi. Platinum would offer a "fully functional galley" and seatback screens.

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