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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.


Caitlin17 Tue 25-Mar-14 18:55:28

upthechomney yes I did wonder about that too.

morethanI don't expect you and your children to sit in silence but just remember your children are not interesting to other people.

UptheChimney Tue 25-Mar-14 19:03:24

hmm yes, caitlin hmm

Locketjuice Tue 25-Mar-14 19:05:33

Maybe they thought thr quiet would be best for baby and baby didn't agree!

ReginaldBlinker Wed 26-Mar-14 13:30:52

Update: I was discussing this thread with dp last night, and he is of the mind that Quiet Carriages are "just full of knobs who sigh and huff a lot but won't ever actually say anything, so by all their tutting, they're making the carriage more loud for the rest of us, so they're all dicks."



tethersend Wed 26-Mar-14 15:07:22


morethanpotatoprints Wed 26-Mar-14 19:59:29


neither are other peoples business calls and noises interesting to me.
I only have one dd aged 10 who I am responsible for now and I can assure you unless her and her choir members are asked to sing grin is quieter than a lot of the tutting and sighing going on in the carriage.

Caitlin17 Wed 26-Mar-14 20:54:20

morethan 2 wrongs don't make a right.

I rarely make phone calls on a train because I don't want other people listening in on my conversation. If I have to communicate it will be by text or e-mail. Unlike you I would never dream of listening to music or a DVD , no matter how "quietly" whichever carriage I was in unless I was wearing headphones.

I don't expect your children to sit like church mice but neither do I expect or want to be "entertained" by them and I absolutely do not wantcchildren tugging at my sleeve, kicking the back of my chair, leaning over the back of my seat or pestering me.

sudamericanrocker Thu 09-Apr-15 22:57:47

Unfortunately the system does not allow to NOT choose the Quiet Coach... I am dreading a trip tomorrow from Manchester to London with my 13 month old daughter! I hope she does keep quiet....

snowglobemouse Fri 10-Apr-15 00:07:44

how do people even find these old threads to drag back to life?

Crocodopolis Fri 10-Apr-15 07:16:38


Some people have both an over-developed sense of entitlement and a peculiar interpretation of "quiet".

FindoGask Fri 10-Apr-15 07:19:03

I interpret quiet coach to mean, well, quiet coach. So I wouldn't take my children in there, who at 7 and 4 still find it impossible not to be loud.

Crocodopolis Fri 10-Apr-15 09:00:02

Thank you, FindoGask. You are a considerate person.

Aridane Fri 10-Apr-15 09:07:54

The worst quiet coach experience I had was a very loud mother and child - child angelic and quiet doing colouring in or whatever - but oh my giddy aunt the astonishingly loud parenting was excruciating. Would have been excruciating in the noisiest of venues.

Eventually an older gentleman asked politely asked her to lower the volume, pointing out it was a quiet coach.

Then we had a full volume repeated diatribe from the mother about how she was booked there, it wasn't her choice - then loud monologue to child about the rude man - then repeated diatribe to ticket inspector about how she was in a quiet coach with child but couldn't move because she was booked there. Ticket inspector pointed out that train was virtually empty, and, yes, she could move out of quiet coach.

Appreciate this is a zombie thread. But there we go.

Weebirdie Fri 10-Apr-15 09:08:16

This thread reminds me of people who think only businessmen/woman should fly business class. That no one else, even families flying together, should be allowed a ticket because they'll chat to each other and disturb people who are travelling because of work.

I think they forget its just a comfier way of flying than economy and less expensive than first class. That's really all it is for those who use it.

muminhants Fri 10-Apr-15 10:51:04

Some people have said that "quiet coach" just means no talking on mobiles/listening to loud music.

In South West Trains the guards ask people to keep noise to a minimum so it is about being loud generally. That may not be the case for other train companies. Also SWT don't do seat reservations on most of its trains so you don't get allocated a seat in the quiet carriage.

The quiet coaches are clearly marked and in the minority so if you want to be loud, it is easy to sit elsewhere unless the train is very full.

Bair Fri 10-Apr-15 11:00:42

Nowt worse than Zombies in the quiet coach.

6Musiclover Fri 10-Apr-15 11:21:56

Babies crying never bothers me tbh, it's more older kids, especially when they do that ear splitting shirking thing!

I'm no fan of noisy kids when travelling, whether in a quiet carriage or not. However, the worst experiences I've had travelling have always involved men. Whether it's Morons shouting in to their phone about their very important work, pissed up football fans, or the latest experience was just last week.
Three obnoxious specimens of the male persuasion, who were Downing cans of lager ( alcohol should be banned on trains, but that's another thread) spouting bollocks about UKIP being their party of choice, and making derogatory comments about some female or other in their office. I even heard her name and age mentioned.angry

They were Utter, utter dickheads..
I would choose noisy kids over these any day.

Crocodopolis Fri 10-Apr-15 11:27:18

Oh, gosh, yes. Zombies - no manners or consideration whatsoever. Always with the grunting and groaning and shrieking about brains.

Plus, they leave a mess.

On the other hand, they do empty the place of annoying fellow commuters.

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