In case you haven't noticed, today is the Summer solstice. It's the longest day of the year, and after today the nights will draw in and the weather will slowly get colder and colder. Not that it's particularly warm at the moment. But I digress. To commemorate the day, National Rail has decided to stream the longest train journey in the UK - in case you like watching a trains-eye view of the British countryside.
The organisation is streaming the journey on Facebook, and while the comment says it's not live the point is the same. You can watch the Aberdeen to Penzance journey in its entirety - or what's left of it anyway. The journey began at 8.20 this morning, but since it's 13 hours and 23 minutes long it won't be finishing until around 10pm this evening. That's assuming things go according to plan, and the train doesn't suffer any delays. Anyone who's ever been on a train will know that's an absolute certainty at one stage of the journey.
National Rail also supplied some fun facts about the journey. It's 774 miles long, and each Voyager train does around 300,000 miles per year. The crew changes over plenty of times as well, with eight drivers, six train managers, and seven members of the catering crew - which changes six times throughout the journey. Despite that the average number of products sold is pretty low. National Rail says 100 hot drinks, 50 soft drinks, and 80 snacks will be sold over the course of the journey, which sounds pretty low to me. Maybe they should lower their prices.
The train also carries 1,850 litres of fuel, and 300 litres of water in each carriage that has a toilet. That doesn't account for the septic tanks, since these trains don't just flush straight onto the tracks. Tickets start at £120 though, and that's if you book in advance. Then again, it's probably quite reasonable value for money when you consider it costs nearly £86 to buy single from London to Manchester.
Apparently a timelapse of the journey will also be available, once the train has finished its trip.