This blog is prompted by a comment from someone on Twitter asking for tips on how best to work on the train. I don’t know if this is the best, but having worked on trains for at least 4 days every week for nearly 5 years, this is what works for me.

TL;DR: It’s not Rocket science. TRAIN TIME IS WORK TIME. Be prepared. Have some goals.

Stephenson’s Rocket [Wikipedia]

To give some context, my journey time is sometime between 1h 15 mins and 1h 40 mins, depending on the train I catch and I’m fortunate that is very rare for me not to be able to sit at a table seat.


  • Everything in the same pockets in my rucksack (including the all-important season ticket)
A rare empty train carriage

Once on the train

  • Once I’m on the train, I’m into work mode. I get my laptop out, put headphones on, connect to the internet (East Midlands Railway have just started offering free Wi-Fi, but I also can use my mobile as a hotspot).

Getting off the train

  • I’ve got quite good at maximising my time, and working out of how much time I actually need to pack up once the train starts to slow down. I’ve got so I can have less than 10 seconds “dead” time now. It’s a small moment in my life of living dangerously!

It’s Not Rocket Science

None of what I’ve said will be very revolutionary. I think the key is to get your head in the space that train time is work time. Everything thereafter falls into place.

Husband. Dad to 3 smashing lads. Cub Leader. MAMIL. Group CDIO for Northampton and Kettering Hospitals. Ex NHS Digital. Views own. Always learning.

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