Try out the trains first, then judge

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - FEATURES -

SIR, – Re­gard­ing the ‘new’ trains for the north-east, please don’t pass judg­ment on them un­til hav­ing had a chance to try them out. The 125s have been a great suc­cess story over the years: re­li­able, speedy, com­fort­able, but with two main is­sues: the old-fash­ioned toi­lets which flush on to the track, and the slam doors. The driv­ing ve­hi­cles (one at each end) are ca­pa­ble of be­ing re-en­gined, and have been on sev­eral oc­ca­sions in the past, and the car­riages are amenable to be­ing up­graded. For decades the 125s’ car­riages have pro­vided the most com­fort­able seats on the rail­way, and ‘a win­dow seat’ has in­deed meant ‘a seat by a win­dow’. I am look­ing for­ward to try­ing them out, and will re­main op­ti­mistic un­til per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence of them pos­si­bly causes me to feel other­wise. R D Wil­son, Corn­hill Road, Aberdeen

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