Rail travel was a pain even then

Stirling Observer - - MAKING THE NEWS IN JANUARY, 1969 ... -

Frus­tra­tion among pas­sen­gers about the run­ning of the rail­ways ap­pears to have been as much an is­sue in Jan­uary, 1969, as it is to­day.

In a let­ter to the Ob­server headed `wrong rail in­for­ma­tion,’ Don­ald David­son, Len­nox Av­enue, Stir­ling, told how his daugh­ter phoned the rail­way in­quiry of­fice to con­firm a pre­vi­ous in­quiry about trains from Stir­ling to Ch­ester­field.

She was as­sured the 8.23am Stir­ling-Glas­gow ser­vice would get her there in time to catch the 9.35am from Glas­gow Cen­tral to Ch­ester­field.

How­ever, on ar­riv­ing at Stir­ling Sta­tion on Jan­uary 2, 1969, she was told there was no train to Glas­gow Queen Street un­til 8.47am, al­low­ing just 10 min­utes for her to get to Glas­gow Cen­tral for the Ch­ester­field ser­vice. She had with her a child of two and a half and a suit­case.

A help­ful in­spec­tor tele­phoned Glas­gow to see if it would be pos­si­ble to hold the 9.35am ser­vice for five min­utes to al­low his daugh­ter to get across Glas­gow, but the re­quest was re­fused.

“Un­der the cir­cum­stances my wife and I trav­elled to Glas­gow with our daugh­ter,” said Mr David­son.

“The train did not ar­rive un­til 9.30am and af­ter a taxi run we got to Cen­tral Sta­tion within sec­onds of de­par­ture time.

“Even then my daugh­ter caught the train be­cause my wife and she ran to the plat­form while I paid the taxi. Had she been on her own she would not have man­aged.”

Mr David­son added: “This is not the first time we have had wrong in­for­ma­tion from this of­fice both about cost of jour­neys and train times.

“It seems to me no in­for­ma­tion is bet­ter than wrong in­for­ma­tion. A present a chalked board with al­ter­ations to nor­mal timeta­bles would give us more con­fi­dence. Oth­er­wise we may have to give up trav­el­ling by train.”

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