Express & Star

Peter Rhodes on slow trains, diversity targets and a shortage of kind faces

A few days ago Talking Pictures TV screened a wonderful 1960 documentary on the Midland Pullman as the luxury train went through its final tests and welcomed its first passengers. It was a smooth ride from Manchester to London with liveried waiters serving leisurely full-English breakfasts to smart suited and hatted guests.

Laurence Fox – crossed the line

The Pullman travelled at a mere 90mph, but if it had gone any faster, you'd probably have had to leave half your breakfast. Today, politicians are obsessed with high-speed trains. I bet most of us would swap it all for something slower but more reliable, preferably with crispy bacon.