They have them on existing trains, in the seatbacks and in the racks on table seats, and I've always seen at least 1 avaliable in eact pair of seats, and in good condition, except the 1 that I've seen stuck together.I wonder how long the cards on the seat backs will stay there, or even remain in good condition.
I have a First Class Priv and always end up going Std (except at Weekends as I have free upgrades thanks to FGW's "Forward" Scheme), splitting at Didcot, Priv Sg Bristol > Paddington is £9.10!! I took SWT last time I went to London, and next time will probably take the Megabus or Nasty ExpressAll in all looks like a great train if you can afford 1st class or have a 1st class Priv .
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qdsv2CRHjk'Welcome aboard this FGW airline service to Plymouth, emergency exits are situated here and here *air hostess hand gestures*
Yeah but when we start making rules like that, your days would be numbered :headbang:As for the tables - what are the chances that a group of 4 people can't find a table because one person has sat at it despite loads of 'airline' seats being free? There should be a rule "No-one may sit at a table unless travelling with a group unless every seat on the entire train is occupied"
I hate the colour and style of the seat fabrics though! It could do with a bit of updating although I agree that Standard Seats from the 1970s are a lot more comfortable.
Although what happens when this high density 'peak' set gets put on 1C10 07.30 Paddington-Penzance via Bristol Temple Meads (Old Timetable-not sure if it has chnaged)Read FGW's plan on the use of these trains.....
High-Density = Commuter / Peak services
Several Rail Operators have expressed oppinions that they want to reduce the number of 'tourists' travelling during peak times, and have them travel on trains and during times outside the rush hours. AFAIK FGW arent converting ALL their TSO's to High Density.
Thus these cattle trucks are purely designed to cater for as many commuters as possible heading into London. Id rather have a seat on the way to work than stand!
Plus they are doing a good job to make FC more attractive. All to often people wont travel first class because standard was pretty good in comfort terms. Now your facing the choice you get on an airline. Cattle Class or Spacious Class. Seems pretty fair to me.
At the end of the day, if you want comfort and space your going to have to pay. If you want to pay as little as you can, dont expect much. No such thing as a free lunch
I do wonder how people will manage with laptops on the airline seats. I've always liked the IC70 setas, but being small does have its advantages sometimes! If you have trouble with them, I'd hate to see you cope with a Class 144 Pacer, I find there is just enough room for me - anyone average or tall height would probably struggle. How tall are you?The IC70 seats are far too short for me, and together with their fixed armwrests, I find them very uncomfortable. One good thing about them is that you can fit laptops on their tables, but even they weren't big enough to fit a laptop on, with the screen going forward.