The train rumbles along Fleet off the hot and delicate flying, Hopped on a young young hillside, Painted the morning with a power; Shadows of time say my present reason, Stewards of the richest form; Build the own cabin with the throne; Gloom and the weather I push with night
Inspired by Sara Teasdale, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Philip Freneau
Sarah Leadbetter from NFBUK getting on a train, with assistance. On Monday 20 February, WinVisible is joining the National Federation of the Blind (NFB UK) and Association of British Commuters at Downing St to hand in petitions to keep staff in train stations and to keep the guards on the train, for disabled / women’s […]
I went on the new Greater Anglia train last week, and was amazed how easy it was to get on and off – just this mini ramp thing that popped out below the doors of the carriage to cover the gap between train and platform.
There was masses of space in the carriage to manoeuvre my powerchair. The staff were lovely and couldn’t do enough to help.
The only thing I was disappointed with was the lack of tables, the main seating area was up steps, and those seats all had a table shared between four seats.
The accessible area shown in the photo, shows the little place to rest a phone or a drink, but you wouldn’t fit more than that on the ledge available. There were however plug sockets underneath this. One standard plug socket, and two USB sockets.
There was also a disabled loo just by this seating area, I didn’t use it so can’t comment on the space/access etc….
1. Having a disability means that I have had to learn to think outside of the box, and develop my own way to do things. Sometimes it might look bizarre, or even dangerous but if it works don’t knock it.
2. I can shoot, yes I do target shooting using an air pistol. This is something I love doing, and have been doing at a wonderful family run shooting range about 20 minutes drive from where I live.
3. Read fairly quickly, I thoroughly enjoy reading a good book. Mostly I opt for true stories/biographies type books, but will give most genres a try.
4. Shopping, I adore mooching around shops and browsing for items and potential gifts. I’m good at finding a bargain. Managed to bag a whole lot of brand new tops from a shop that was closing down a few years back. When I worked out the average cost of each item, it came to 34p per item!! They’ve all been worn, so none were unused purchases.
5. Planning ahead, and making sure there’s back-up plan in case of problems or lack of access. This is a must have skill set if you’re a wheelchair user. Each part of a journey has to be planned ahead, and alternative routes saved on the phone for emergencies. Checking access ahead of arrival, also eating places, and the whereabouts of accessible loos. Ensuring step free access all along, and booking transport assistance, tickets to events in advance making it totally clear that help with ramps is vital, and I cannot stand, let alone walk a step, so full awareness of this is on record at destination and en-route.
Technology, love it or hate it, we need it nowadays!!
My favourite item of technology has to be my Samsung galaxy phone. It is essential for me that I can always contact someone in an emergency, so this is a vital thing for me to have, not a luxury item.
Whilst I do have it for that vital need, it helps with so many other things, emails, keeping in touch with friends, assistance apps, maps, WhatsApp to keep in touch with and send messages/photos/voice messages to friends and family, notes and reminders, calendar, banking, store card apps, taking photos, and writing on here.
I use this app https://passengerassistance.com for train travel, it allows you to set up your own profile and book the assistance you need for the journey. You can find it as an app on your phones app store, or access the website via the link I have provided. I highly recommend it.