Sir: I was intrigued to read in your article "Flagship East Coast line fails to run trains on time" (27 March) that the company is intending to buy new tilting trains to increase joinery times. Perhaps Great North Eastern Railway has taken a leaf out of Cunard's book by fitting out the new coaches en route. The increased time is presumably required to ensure that the standards of carpentry are satisfactory. Is this what is meant by going "hammer and tongs"?
Public Relations Officer
Central Rail Users' Consultative Committee