Missing out on Wireless

I visited Bradford the other day and travelled Intercity. I actually used an APEX ticket; it was my money but thats another story. Its the first time, I’d seen wireless internet connections offered on the train, of course it’s Virgin Trains, who want to be in the forefront of in-travel entertainment. – “You might be late but you did some great surfing”. I didn’t use it though.

Two things prohibited the use of this feature. Firstly, I didn’t have a wireless card. Secondly, this stage of the journey which had four stages (five if you include the bus) only took two hours. (Some might suggest this is good because the battery doesn’t last much longer).

If my commuter train (SWT), I have a 50||75 minute train journey to the office, offered this feature, it’d be quite neat, although some of my mail and document composition I can do quite nicely today. I suppose its one of the reasons that I haven’t bothered so far.


Originally posted on my sun/oracle blog, republished here in Feb 2016.


  1. I think this is quite interesting in that it shows how static internet access points were at the time, that Laptops didn’t come with wifi as standard, that mobile phones didn’t have internet access, or mine didn’t. The comments on the train services are of their time too. Virgin are still trying to charge to much, and SWT now have wifi on their commuter lines although it leaves much to be desired. I expect they don’t have enough addresses for a full commuter train, but it could be my BT wifi app. or Ghosty mucking things up.