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Deja vu all over again
So, for the second Saturday in a row, I went into London.  And, for the second Saturday in a row, the return journey was less than smooth.

Went to the opening night of a new production of Die Meistersingers at Covent Garden yesterday.  It's over five and a half hours long but a four o'clock start meant I was back at Waterloo before ten.  Just in time for the 22:00, I thought.

Except when I looked on the board, the first train on the Portsmouth Harbour line was listed as the 20:45.  It was marked as boarding so I thought it might be a good idea to see if I could gety on it.  The carriages nearest the ticket barrier were jammed full but I walked to the front of the train where there were still seat.  After about ten minutes, the train did begin to move.

The guard said that the delays had been caused by an "object" on the line near Raynes Park.  No idea what the object was, but it had disrupted two sets of signals which were now stuck at red.  Each train going down that line had to stop at the signals until the signalman gave permission to proceed.  The advertised 40 minute journey took over an hour.

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Be glad you didn't go to the Joms thing. Rail service out, most of Hammersmith and City out, Central Line experiencing "major delays". Took me more than an hour and a half to get home.

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