‘A Sealed Train’ – Barnes-Waterloo (0840)

For ‘Switzerland to Russia’ read ‘the suburban south west’. A train with (faulty doors) running 15 minutes late, now morphing into an ‘express to the terminus’. A cycle of apologetic announcements, coupled with clarifications of direct destinations, made by the guard. Against this, the banal automated message heralding the impending arrival at each stop (a temporary ghost station?). From the sublime to the-

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