"As for the trains....."
Ah, you'll be one of these strange people who seems to think that all was rosy in the days of British Rail. How terribly sad.
The only difference these days is that you can now find out exactly how crap a given train service is without going and standing on a piss-stained platform in the peeing rain, listening to the cancellation announcements as they're read out underwater through a crisp packet in serbo-croat (well that's what it bloody sounded like anyway). This level of information availability would assume the minor miracles of both the tannoy system being operational and the workshy git whose job it was to make the announcements actually being around that day.
The sandwiches were better than the service and they were a national joke.