A fairly regular traveller from Swindon to Paddington i.e. at least once a week if not more.
The last few times the journey has been on the new 'IEP800' trains (I think they're called this). Initial childish excitement soon evaporated. Admittedly, I travel in first class (off-peak and very early). Always have work to prepare for meetings etc.
Firstly, I struggle to find where first class is now on the train. Long-gone the old ease of it (98% of the time) being up the front of the train. Now it seems to be all-over-the-shop. Secondly is the ride. Gosh it is wobbly. Cannot write anything down without it seeming to be as if crafted by a four year old. If you want to get up and go to the toilet, feel the need for some harness and climbing gear to help with the adventure. It is genuinely a very poor ride. I'm not saying the old trains were perfect - but at least you got a smooth ride.
Another slight annoyance, is that with the first class carriage being (generally) in the middle of the train that means everyone getting on and off seems to pass thru the carriage. Constantly getting people rubbing/knocking off my papers etc. Just not conducive to a good working environment.
Really doubtful TBH whether it is worth paying the premium for first class now.
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