From the man fast becoming my favourite columnist: "“Nightmare,” said a man close by (seated). Oh, come on, I thought, we ought to be giving these train companies some credit. The genuine nightmare of western governments that strange, cold and economically fearful January was of deflation – falling prices leading to out-and-out depression. No one was doing more to counteract that danger than Britain’s rail operators. And this journey was not really the stuff of nightmares, not by British railway standards."