On the 0950 from Settle today it was John Chadwick on the trolley and the train was pretty full with people taking advantage of the amazingly good value West Yorkshire fare offer. Trouble is, many of these people do the winter journey year after year so they have already invested in a £3 line guide - or have taken a lifetime decision not to buy one before hell freezes over. Northbound I sold just six guides.
When handing over the money to John Chadwick I apologised for the modest sales and opined that my customers had probably bought them out of sympathy.
"Oh surely not" said John. "You're not all that old and decrepit". "Yet".