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May 9th, 2007
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Poll #981499 Train seats

All other things being equal, I would...

Choose a train seat facing forwards
58(47.2%)
Choose a train seat facing backwards
27(22.0%)
Not mind which way my train seat was facing.
29(23.6%)

Although actually...

I'd stand
2(2.0%)
I'd refuse to travel by train
3(3.0%)
I'd lie on the floor.
3(3.0%)
The other factors like whether the seat next to it is occupied, how much window it has, how near the luggage rack is etc etc far outweigh the way the seat faces.
88(87.1%)

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From:naath
Date:May 9th, 2007 11:43 am (UTC)
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I often end up sitting on the floor by my bike, especially when I cba to remove my luggage from the bike.
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From:serenasnape
Date:May 9th, 2007 11:44 am (UTC)
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Have to sit facing forwards - get travelsick otherwise after about 20 minutes! Also, Pendalinos may be exciting and tilty, but they also make me travelsick, which normal trains don't, if I face forwards. Stupid inner ears!!!
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From:miss_next
Date:May 9th, 2007 11:59 am (UTC)
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I'm the same about sitting forwards. Never had any trouble on a Pendalino, though.
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From:neoanjou
Date:May 9th, 2007 11:47 am (UTC)
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You missed the best (and probably most obvious therefore being not useful) option that most people prefer to sit in the double seat things with the table.

I prefer Voyagers to Pendalinos too - they may not tilt but they seem brighter and less enclosed.
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From:neoanjou
Date:May 9th, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)
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Thinking about it a bit more I'm not sure I can/should care which direction my seat faces - the journey I spend most time making and am most likely to book tickets for is Birmingham to Southampton which has the trains alter direction in Reading - that is front facing become rear etc. meaning that its really not a relevant choice.
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From:lnr
Date:May 9th, 2007 01:04 pm (UTC)
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Mike seems to prefer airline style seats. And I'm beginning to come round to that too. The legroom is fine if you're short like us, and if it is busy you end up with fewer strangers to squash in around you. And if there's two of you it gives a bit more privacy than with the tables.
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From:emperor
Date:May 9th, 2007 12:40 pm (UTC)
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AOL.
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From:mair_aw
Date:May 9th, 2007 12:08 pm (UTC)

it depends how far the train is going

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I sit on a seat if I can have the double-seat to myself.

I sit on a forward facing seat if I can both because I prefer looking forwards and because I am less likely to be queasy.

I try and sit where I can see my bicycle, and if in general i have luggage I try and remain in the same half of the train as it, so as not to get trapped by people trying to exit in the other direction when i want to leave.

I get annoyed when someone sits next to me on a crowded train and then when the train empties doesn't move into a free double-space. I will likely move into a free space myself in that case.

If the train is crowded I sit on my bicycle or on the floor in the corridor. I generally consider corridor floor perfectly comfortable seating, but a pain when the train stops and the door is on my side and I have to jump up.

If the train is *really* crowded I stand next to my bicycle in the corridor with someone's arse in my face and grumble to myself about the price of train tickets.

Which reminds me. I should book trains.
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From:emperor
Date:May 9th, 2007 12:40 pm (UTC)

Re: it depends how far the train is going

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I get annoyed when someone sits next to me on a crowded train and then when the train empties doesn't move into a free double-space. I will likely move into a free space myself in that case.

I think some people consider this rude to the person who you move away from.
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From:mair_aw
Date:May 9th, 2007 01:48 pm (UTC)

Re: it depends how far the train is going

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Possibly, but I'd hope that a desire for more space and not to have my bag squashed around my knees wouldn't be offensive to anyone.

Most people sitting down for the first time they would always go for the double space if available rather than sit next to someone, after all.
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From:bopeepsheep
Date:May 9th, 2007 12:09 pm (UTC)
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I book tickets whenever I go anywhere, and tend to ask for rear-facing, but sometimes you get what you're given.
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From:rjw76
Date:May 9th, 2007 12:33 pm (UTC)
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Rear-facing seats make you less likely to get hurt if the train crashes. I also prefer them because everyone else doesn't, making it more likely that I get more room :)
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From:lnr
Date:May 9th, 2007 01:00 pm (UTC)
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There's supposedly a slight safety advantage in being in the backwards facing seats, so if there's a choice of equally good seats, and I remember, then I tend to go backwards.
From:tamsinj
Date:May 9th, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC)
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i don't think it's slight. mentally turn the carriage so front is down, and ask where you'd like to be :) [though don't do this while travelling.. i keep scaring myself on buses this way]
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From:liseuse
Date:May 9th, 2007 01:11 pm (UTC)
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I prefer having my back to the direction of travel. I don't know why. I also tend to go for the double seats because years of cross-country train travelling has left me with the ability to convince people through a scowl that they do not want to sit next to me. If they do sit next to me I pray that when a double seat opens up, that they nab it. I am usually disappointed, and have been known to move to one myself.

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From:piqueen
Date:May 9th, 2007 01:12 pm (UTC)
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I ticked lots of boxes and will explain. I like to sit facing the direction I'm thinking about. So leaving regretfully I will face backwards. Going away happily -> facing forwards. If it's quiet enough I prefer to lie on the floor.
From:stephdairy
Date:May 9th, 2007 03:58 pm (UTC)
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Facing forwards, by a window, on the left of the train. It seems to be the arrangement that gives the best view of assorted lineside gubbins.

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From:the_marquis
Date:May 9th, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC)
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I prefer to face, having been travel sick as a kid, but I've brown out of it and going backwards is acceptable these days (unless I've not been on that route and want to see pretty landscape coming up & going past rather than just disappearing backwards).

As for booking one or the other it is a toss up as often the trains arrived put together such that facing bookings are now rear.

And like others I actually find Voyagers/SuperVoyagers better than Pendalinos as the latter seem cramped and dark by comparison (the windows are smaller for a start).
From:yrieithydd
Date:May 9th, 2007 11:00 pm (UTC)
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I'm another mildly travel sick type. I'm far far better in trains than in cars/coaches and can read but I'm more likely to feel a bit iffy if facing backwards so if I can I'll chose to face forwards though sometimes my inner geography is doomed -- I nearly got it wrong at Brum the other way because I'd been turned round by the station geography.*

I got irritated with someone the other day for insisting on sitting next to me when there were free double seats (at tables) in both directions in the vicinity, including opposite me. I moved my bag when he stared but having felt squished by him, I put it back while he was on the phone and he stormed off. Later someone came and sat diagonally opposite me at the table which was fine.

*BNS makes no sense, the platforms, concourse and shopping centre above (and outside streets) line up in a very weird way.
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From:atreic
Date:May 10th, 2007 12:24 pm (UTC)
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I've had a seat reservation next to someone in a practically-empty carriage, so sat next to them. I think it's rude not to take up seat reservations if you make them, and it was his choice to sit next to the one reserved seat in the whole carriage...
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