Let me tell you about my rail journey on Saturday. I was travelling from Chester to Horsham. Now I know that Euston was closed, since I use it a lot for work.
So ignoring the official recommendations from Virgin to 'Not to travel to London', because I had to get to Horsham that day, I booked a train journey. So first train out, which was avoiding the west coast mainline and going via every station in the NW, stopped after 10 mins due to points failure. So we returned to the station.
Next, grabbing a bus to Crewe, I managed to board a train heading to Wolverhampton.
Ok so far, my route and connections were changing hourly according to nationalrail.
Wolverhampton I ended up going to Reading. One very, very packed ride later (due to more people travelling on this line due to Euston shutdown and the fact the previous train had also been cancelled), I hit Reading and then took a train for Redhill.
Train to Redhill, I made with 10 minutes to spare, so I didn't risk trying to find the main toilets and thought I would go on the train. Bad mistake as the one toilet on this train was out of order. Apparently it had been reported on the 24th of July. So that is alright then.
So I wait it out heading for Dorking Deepdene. Except when we got to Guildford the train refused to go any further because a 'button had stuck down in the cab'.
So then finding another train going to Gatwick. Ok so far.
Get to Gatwick, which I believe was having its own troubles, I get a train to Horsham.
So at least there is redundancy in the system. And obvious benefits from a privatised rail system.* Or semi-privatised.
On the plus side, the majority of people pulled together and put brave faces on and helped each other out for the most part. This was nice to witness.
*For those that miss such subtle signs, this was sarcasm, btw.