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to think it's inconsiderate to travel in the quiet coach with small children

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someonestolemynick Sun 23-Mar-14 20:41:11

That, really.

I make a point of sitting in the quiet coach, where available in order to be able to work, read or just be alone with my own thoughts.

Today I'm joined by a young family with a baby. Of course, the baby starts crying whenever we go through a tunnel. Arrrgh! I know children make noice, hence KEEP.THEM.OUT.OF.THE.QUIET.ZONE.


WooWooOwl Sun 23-Mar-14 20:42:34


But unfortunately there are some selfish parents out there.

whois Sun 23-Mar-14 20:43:54


Quiet coach should be for those capable of being quiet!

KiwiBanana Sun 23-Mar-14 20:44:10

Yanbu unless the train is so full that they have no where else to sit.
I wouldn't dream of inflicting my toddler on the quiet coach and would expect the same courtesy in return of other passengers.

littlebluedog12 Sun 23-Mar-14 20:44:42

Sometimes you don't get a choice. I always reserve seats online and there isn't an option for 'not the quiet coach' so sometimes we end up there.

Greypuddle Sun 23-Mar-14 20:45:22

When you book online, you're usually not given a choice which carriage your seats are in. Sometimes it's the quiet coach. And technically, technically it's supposed to mean no mobiles, computer games etc and noise to a minimum, rather than silence. I feel your pain, though.

Greypuddle Sun 23-Mar-14 20:46:01


BoomBoomsCousin Sun 23-Mar-14 20:46:29

In my experience, if you resere a seat online you may well get put in the quiet coach whether you ask for it or not. So they may not have been given a choice. In which case YABU.

Or they may. In which case YANBU.

Pinkcustardpurplecustard Sun 23-Mar-14 20:46:30

I'd only sit in the quiet coach if my kids were quiet and low key.

RicStar Sun 23-Mar-14 20:46:58

Yanbu but I think you can get assigned there by (some) train companies unwittingly if you book seats & I can understand not wanting to trudge round the train looking for other seats if that was the case. V.annoying though.

BoomBoomsCousin Sun 23-Mar-14 20:47:16

Obviously happens to quite a few of us!

Artandco Sun 23-Mar-14 20:47:25

Quiet coach just means No talking for hours on phone or loud music though. No reason kids can't be in there

someonestolemynick Sun 23-Mar-14 20:47:54

Relieved, I'm not a monster (yet grin ).

Kiwi, I agree if it was the only seat left, then I would happily sit through the noise. The train I travelled on today was not very busy, there were plenty of seats.

Merrylegs Sun 23-Mar-14 20:48:23

I think the quiet coach means no electronic devices.

So unless the baby was plugged in you were probably being a bit u.

I think defining these coaches as such are misleading tbh because if you are in one and a fellow passenger is talking to another, or sneezing, or snoring you spend your time feeling all huffy thinking 'hmm this is supposed to be the quiet coach' and not getting any work done anyway.

Were there many tunnels?

littlebluedog12 Sun 23-Mar-14 20:48:45

Not just me then grin

Forgettable Sun 23-Mar-14 20:49:54

Yes when booking seats one is not alerted to whether the coach is the quiet coach, we have been caught like this a few times. Nought to be done apartf rom ask the operators to enhance their choice on their websites.

RiverTam Sun 23-Mar-14 20:50:09

yanbu, but I have booked tickets online and then found that I've been put in the quiet carriage - not a problem for me in those days pre-DC, but would be a problem now.

D0G Sun 23-Mar-14 20:50:40

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Ubik1 Sun 23-Mar-14 20:50:56

Yes we have been allocated seats in the 'quiet coach' before.

It only means you can't use your mobile.

And frankly I couldn't give a toss about your previous expectations of who is allowed to travel in the ridiculous 'quiet coach'

I also travel first class with my three occasionally - is that ok too?

pancakesfortea Sun 23-Mar-14 20:51:46

Like everyone has already said, you need to direct your rage at the booking system. Countless times I have booked tickets online, including child fares, and we are put in the quiet coach. And changing carriages with small kids and luggage isn't always easy.

Bunbaker Sun 23-Mar-14 20:52:56

I think they should add that to the online booking details, and maybe have a lower age limit allowed in the quiet coach so that it is quiet most of the time.
Maybe they should have coaches aimed at families as well.

someonestolemynick Sun 23-Mar-14 20:53:52

To my knowledge, there is no option to reserve seats on the train I used today.

Artandco, chiltern, with whom I travelled, also ask for conversational noise to be kept to a minimimum and I doubt most small children would be able to sit quietly for the length of a journey. Why would a parent ask that of their children? (...or not but expecting fellow passengers to suck it up).

Cotherstone Sun 23-Mar-14 20:54:01

Every time I've booked seats I've always been asked whether I want the quiet coach or not.

pancakesfortea Sun 23-Mar-14 20:54:09

OP if there were loads of empty seats why didn't you move?

Rommell Sun 23-Mar-14 20:54:55

'Quiet coach' just means no mobiles or electronic devices. If you want exclusivity, stump up for first class. Or just suck it the fuck up.

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