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To Kent via semi-HST

And so to Kent on the newish South Eastern High Speed Train service. This is an illogical move since the trains go from St Pancras rather than Victoria, they're more expensive and the whole journey from Tooting is slower than the 'slow' train. But it is a significant rail commuting revolution for someone who grew up in Rainham, so off we go.


The trains themselves are impressive albeit rather quiet on a Saturday (I was the only person in my coach). It's odd to see Japanese-built bullet trains, for that's what these are, operating in Britain but being forced to trundle along slow lines and through a 200 year old canal tunnel.


The High Speed bit of the journey is fast, but also short - twenty minutes to Ebbsfleet then crawl up a hill and onto the old Kent Coast line. You can get an idea of how fast they are in this video wot I made.


My favourite part of the trip was probably walking through St Pancras and seeing trains to the Midlands, Kent, France and Belgium all from the same terminus. This is how train travel should be.

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Taken on February 6, 2010