Well, for the first time ever I can reveal I have found a way to travel first class on the train for the cost of a standard ticket. I say first class, it’s more like between first class to be honest. On the plus side I have only a very quiet chap reading his paper and two attractive young ladies for company. So even the proximity to the bins, toilet and doors seems acceptable.
I probably wouldn’t recomend it to anyone with a fear of germs (I am sitting on the floor after all) but on a busy train it’s better than standing near the bins and toilet in “cattle class”.
We’ve even had a train official go past so I know I won’t be hastled for a first class ticket.
All in all something of a result for the less descerning traveller.