Virgin Trains - First Class
Here's something a little bit different for the blog. A train report. I did a cruise report last month so why not a train!? This was one I had been wanting to do for quite some time, Virgin Trains in First Class. The route I was travelling was London to Manchester which operates every 20 minutes and takes just over 2 hours leaving from London Euston station.
|Arriving at Euston|
This journey was taken during the Christmas holiday period and as such the weekend/holiday onboard service was provided. It is a snack box service only instead of the full meal and open bar service offered on weekdays during business periods. Never mind, I was still looking forward to it. After arriving at Euston on the tube it was straight upstairs to the Virgin Trains First Class Lounge.
It's worth noting that this lounge is now closed and being refurbished, it will reopen in March this year. Whilst the lounge is closed First Class passengers will be given a voucher for a drink and snack at one of the many food outlets at Euston station.
The lounge is basic and provides complimentary tea, coffeee, soft drinks, water, juice and biscuits. There is also a bar but alcohol comes at a price.
|Workstations in the lounge with departures display|
|Virgin Trains Departures|
|The 1600 service to Manchester Piccadilly is preparing|
|Welcome on Board|
|This is how most couples would travel|
|A look at the 2x1 cabin arrangement with sets of 4 also available. The luggage racks are shown just behind the seats here|
|This is a QUIET ZONE|
|Definitely FIRST CLASS|
|All seats have a power supply|
We departed right on schedule and around 20 minutes after leaving Euston the trolley came down the aisle being pushed by a middle aged gentleman. He offered a snack box along with tea or coffee plus still or sparkling water. I took a coffee and a sparkling water.
Inside the snack box were some jelly beans, pretzels, cheese, crackers, cookie and raisins. Not a bad selection and plenty to keep me happy for the 2 hour trip. Next time I will have to plan things better and take the full meal service instead.
Seconds on the water were available and I took another sparkling water as we ended up coming to a stop about 30 minutes out of Manchester due to a person who had been hit by a train. We were stationary for about 30 minutes meaning the arrival was delayed.
Although we are travelling quite fast the train is quite smooth and very quiet. There was very few passengers in my carriage so it was all rather relaxing. It's the perfect opportunity to read a book, watch a movie on your iPad or catch up on some work.
Eventually we pulled into Manchester Piccadilly and I disembarked feeling impressed by the comfort and speed of the service (even with the delay). It's definitely a superb way to get to Manchester from London and would actually work out faster than flying. I look forward to trying them again in the future, perhaps on the London-Edinburgh route.