|A Virgin Pendolino|
I knew I'd missed my connection at Crewe, leaving me with two hours to wait and then a further connection to make at Preston. But a word with the guard, who was checking on passengers' connections in view of the late running, resulted in a promise that "he would see what he could do" and, after speaking to "control" he told me to "make myself known to the station staff at Crewe, who were making arrangements for a train to make a special stop to pick me up".
I was rather skeptical, but after I'd eventually located the right staff at Crewe (hiding behind a locked door on the platform) I found that they were expecting me and told me to "be on platform 6 at 20.59 hrs",which made me feel like a character out of a spy movie. But I presented myself at the agreed place and time, whereupon the London to Glasgow Virgin Pendolino 11-coach, 125mph express drew to a halt. No one left the train and, under the curious gaze of other passengers on the train and on the platform, I was the only one to board!
So, thank you Virgin Trains - for getting me home and for that momentary feeling of power - and apologies to the other 600 passengers on the train, whose journey I delayed by a minute or two.