Now with a View for Everyone

Those that have traveled on the Savannahlander know that the partitions between the drivers and the passengers have been removed, and those lucky enough to score the front row of seats in the leading unit have enjoyed great views ahead of the railmotor.  Looking over the drivers shoulder as it were. As great as this is for those that get the seats (and guard them jealously for the trip) it can leave other passengers slightly disappointed that they miss out on this part of the experience. In the past, the seat next to the driver has been available to share around, but not everybody got a fair go.

We received some feedback from a recent passenger who made the suggestion that the front row seats should in some way be ‘managed’ so that they become a shared facility available to everyone on the trip. We thought that this was such a great idea, that we came up with a cunning plan to do just that.

From tomorrows trip, we will trial a change in the boarding procedures at the originating stations and some of the more important intermediate stations. What will happen is that the very front doors will be closed to boarding, and the front row of seats will be roped off.  Passengers will settle into their seats but will  not include the front row.  After the train departs, train crew will explain the shared principle of the seats, remove the rope,  and invite the passengers to begin utilising them. In total there is around 30 hours travelling time for the full trip, and counting the ‘second drivers’ seat at the front, there are now five seats that  have become available for sharing. So there is plenty of time and distance avaiable for everyone to have a go up the front.

The front row seats. To be shared amongst all passengers

The front row seats. To be shared amongst all passengers

The view from the front row.

The view from the front row.

Photos are courtesy of R. Edwards.