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To want people to SHUT UP in the quiet carriage?

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FallingOver Mon 11-Mar-13 20:58:08

Late night train, almost deserted. Handful of people in the quiet carriage. Silence apart from two people who are chatting at the top of their voices, especially the young woman of the couple, who has regaled the carriage with how drunk she is right now, her 17st friend, what she's studying at Uni, her future career plans - all punctuated by the most asinine and penetrating laugh I have ever heard.

WIBU to go over and tell them to be quiet or else move their v loud conversation to a non-quiet carriage?

Mumsnet jury - you decide.

JammySplodger Mon 11-Mar-13 22:04:14

Yeay, well done OP.

I stuck a pice of A4 with 'I'm in a really bad mood, please don't talk to me' to the back of a colleague's chair once, without him knowing, and after a couple of hours he was a much happier person. I think everyone needs a little peace and quiet sometimes.

Lueji Mon 11-Mar-13 22:04:39

Interestingly two of the few times I've had conversations with total strangers in trains have been in silent carriages.

The first was with an elderly gentleman. When we were sitting I made a comment about something and he helpfully pointed out that it was the quiet carriage. I apologised and kept to myself, and started working on my talk for the congress I was going to, on my computer.
Then he got interested and started chatting.
I considered pointing out that it was the quiet carriage, grin which I had booked so I could work peacefully, but I was too polite, of course. wink

OP, well done, the drunk woman is probably asleep by now. grin

eagleray Mon 11-Mar-13 22:05:37

I saw a lady get asked to stop filing her nails in a quiet carriage once - the noise was strangely loud and irritating!

maddy68 Mon 11-Mar-13 22:09:08

Quiet carriages are not got quiet conversations. They are just carriages where no music or phoned should be blasting out. People can talk smile

LaminateFlaw Mon 11-Mar-13 22:13:28

Not on my train maddy. The train announcer says conversation should be kept to a minimum.

I have no qualms telling people to be quiet in the quiet carriage. I work long days, commute for ages and like my peaceful reading or sleeping time undisturbed in the quiet carriage.

FallingOver Mon 11-Mar-13 22:16:25

I'm fine with people talking - just at an appropriate pitch. We should be able to modulate our voices so that the whole carriage isn't forced to listen to us, I think.

Can you tell I'm in a somewhat crabby mood after having a glass of red wine broken and spilled ALL OVER ME in a bar prior to getting on the train?

GetOrf Mon 11-Mar-13 22:34:20

What irritates me most on the quiet carriages are the LOUD TYPERS. Ffs, you are not in Joan Holloway's typing pool with a great big clattering old typewriter, no need to hit the keys like that at bloody half 6 in the morning.

I love maryz's quiet table in the canteen.

McNewPants2013 Mon 11-Mar-13 22:37:58

whats the women weight got to do with it

BertieBotts Mon 11-Mar-13 22:42:46

I hate them because I like listening to music and I like talking when I'm on a train. I don't have a problem with their existence, I'd just rather sit somewhere else.

BertieBotts Mon 11-Mar-13 22:43:49

On Chiltern trains the signs say no talking too. I do think people should adhere to the rules. I just find it annoying when I end up in there by mistake.

PurpleBlossom Mon 11-Mar-13 22:48:12

This thread made me think of this Rhod Gilbert grin

YouTheCat Mon 11-Mar-13 22:51:30

I have never been on the quiet carriage when it has actually been quiet. I usually avoid them because that irritates me so much.

Last time there was a particularly loud (shouty) child, various people plugged into loud headphones, raucous hen night women. Wasn't worth bothering asking half the carriage to shut up.

BlauesPferd Mon 11-Mar-13 22:53:04

Caught something about this on the radio yesterday - I don't think the article says, but apparently the train company released a statement saying it wasn't company policy - can't help thinking they might have happier customers if they changed that smile

PurpleBlossom Mon 11-Mar-13 23:00:42

Sorry my link was a bit pants! I had DD asleep on me and didn't want to wake her and only just watched the clip. Thought more of the joke would be shown.

FallingOver Mon 11-Mar-13 23:25:37

It was the woman who was talking about her friend and how heavy (?) he was. Believe me, I'd rather not have been privy to such details.

HairyHandedTrucker Mon 11-Mar-13 23:31:46


McNewPants2013 Mon 11-Mar-13 23:35:36

Ah right

FallingOver Mon 11-Mar-13 23:44:52

maryz: 'a room of one's own and £250 a year' (adjusted for inflation)

FallingOver Tue 12-Mar-13 00:08:03

Doh! £500 a year. I'm underselling Mrs Woolf.

BrittaPerry Tue 12-Mar-13 00:29:45

I keep getting allocated the quiet carriage when I don't want it. You gt a choice of 'quiet' or 'no preference' but sometimes that puts me in quiet anyway. With a 3yo. I end up sitting in the vestibule.

They need a family carriage too - noise ok, but no loud swearing or drunkeness. It could have the baby changing toilet and extra luggage space too. It would be ace.

marriednotdead Tue 12-Mar-13 06:37:52

I too have had words with someone in the quiet carriage. Was on my way back from a short break with a friend and some plonker started making trivial, loud calls. Hello mate, 'yeah I'm on a train, yeah see ya for a pint maybe...blah blah'. After the third such call in 5 minutes, I got up and said 'in case you hadn't realised, this is the quiet carriage' and pointed to the sign next to him.

He was embarrassed, apologised and then said 'I wondered why you were giving me hmm looks!'

Friend with me was in awe, thought he might have got nasty but I was too irritated to care!

chutneypig Tue 12-Mar-13 06:56:50

YANBU. It really irritates me. Used to commute so i appreciate people may well be working. Or just want some peace.

I've had reserved seats on the quiet carriage when travelling a while back with my twins, no choice in seats and I was terrified. Three hour journey, three year old twins and they kept conversation to a minimum and whispered. Never happened before or since grin.

SamuelWestsMistress Tue 12-Mar-13 07:41:34

Well sometimes there's no choice but to sit in the quiet carriage! I booked return tickets for a trip with my 3 kids and when it went through there was no other option because the train was packed!

YouTheCat Tue 12-Mar-13 09:13:33

You know you can change your allotted seating on the train if you book online?

TantrumsAndBalloons Tue 12-Mar-13 09:26:48

There most certainly should be a Total Silence Carriage

And one on the tube as well. In fact the whole of the London Underground passengers should be forced to travel in total silence.

Can you tell I had a particularly lovely commute this morning?

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