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Goodbye, Waterloo

Goodbye, Waterloo


Today was the last day of Eurostar services from Waterloo. As of tomorrow, they'll be running from St. Pancras only. Passing through Waterloo en route to the Eye, siusaidh and I stopped to watch the festivities. The samples of the day's entertainments we saw included singers, breakdancers, an interview with the company's CEO, an interview with someone to ride on the first Eurostar train from Waterloo, and a video of the ceremony opening St. Pancras a few days ago.

Post-Eye, the audience was had filled out a bit more. Newsreporters stood at the end of the platform to film the last appearance of high-speed trains in the station for the foreseeable future.

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calindy
Nov. 14th, 2007 01:21 am (UTC)
It's probably a good idea to make a big deal out of the change...I just bet people are still going to turn up at Waterloo expecting to catch their train.

For some reason this happens in the San Francisco Bay area with people going to the wrong airport all the time - Oakland versus San Francisco. When it's happened it's usually been someone daydreaming on public transport and catching the wrong train. I haven't just seen it once but a number of times and that too to people who have lived there for years!

I wonder if familiarity means you're more likely to not check your itinerary? or is it e-tickets?
owlfish
Nov. 14th, 2007 01:54 pm (UTC)
Yes it is! Every underground station I passed through yesterday was making announcements about it. There's a massive postering campaign all across the city. There's lots of press coverage.

But people will still get confused - perhaps even more so in a few months when the information campaign has died down.

(Airports: London has 5 of them. Once, I had no idea what time a houseguest would be arriving. She'd told me her time of flight arrival, but not airline, flight number, or airport.)
darktouch
Nov. 14th, 2007 01:42 pm (UTC)
St. Pancreas?
owlfish
Nov. 14th, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC)
Are you punning or enquiring?
darktouch
Nov. 14th, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
I hope its the first, cause otherwise I'm just a terrible speller.
owlfish
Nov. 14th, 2007 02:07 pm (UTC)
Then I shall not tell you that St. Pancras is a mainline rail station on the north side of central London, right next door to King's Cross, which has been under massive construction to build the new Eurostar terminal there allowing faster tracks across the UK, because you are not enquiring.
darktouch
Nov. 14th, 2007 02:08 pm (UTC)
And yet you so generously ignored the fact that I was being a pain in the ass.
owlfish
Nov. 14th, 2007 02:10 pm (UTC)
The internet was made for miscommunication. I failed to realize you were.
darktouch
Nov. 14th, 2007 02:11 pm (UTC)
Puns/Pain in the Ass... aren't these the exact same thing? Or at the very least the first is a subset of the second?
owlfish
Nov. 14th, 2007 02:15 pm (UTC)
No, no! Puns are Works of Art!
darktouch
Nov. 14th, 2007 02:31 pm (UTC)
I'd always been told they were the lowest form of humor... and by extension, buns were the lowest form of bread.
the_gardener
Nov. 14th, 2007 04:22 pm (UTC)
St Pancras is also the patron saint of Taormina, in Sicily.

Just thought you might like to have that completely useless piece of information....
owlfish
Nov. 14th, 2007 04:42 pm (UTC)
Wikipedia tells me that those are actually two different St. Pancrates. (Pancrases? Pancrasses?)
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